My content not indecent — Egungun

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My name is Kuye Oghenevwede Adegoke from Ondo State. I am a Christian, and I was born on March 5, 1995. For my secondary education, I attended Royfield Junior School, and Lagos State Model College, Igbokuta. I eventually graduated from the University of Lagos.

My childhood and my current profession are two different things because based on my childhood experiences, I don’t think I would be where I am today. However, I am grateful to God for where I am, and also where I am going in the future. To answer your question correctly, my childhood did not influence my profession. As matter of fact, it actually pushed me to work harder, so I could be someone great.

I don’t know (smiles).

I have been in the business of creating content for a while now; since 2018 to be precise.

One of the challenges I faced was when Instagram took my pages down. At different times, four of my accounts with a lot of followers were taken down, and I nearly fell into depression. Also, I did not get any support from anybody when I initially started in the industry.

I kept on opening new accounts every time one was deleted. Eventually, the last one stayed. I continued pushing it gradually, and along the line, things started going better, and I started getting support here and there.

Yes, definitely. With the level of hard work and consistency I put into creating my content, it has been financially rewarding for me.

It started off with dancing while I was in school. However, I was not seeing any improvement, in terms of money and fame. So, I had to re-strategise, and I started dancing with the popular egungun (masquerade) costume, and that yielded good results.

My content is unique because I create my materials in a different way. I also use catchphrases in my videos.

My dad did not buy the idea at first, because he is a pastor. But, when I explained things to him, he understood.

The first thing that brought me to limelight was the ‘chest dance’. The second one was the costume content, followed by the fish video, which also went viral. Those three contents ‘blew’ up my career at different stages.

Yes, I actually inform them. I do that to avoid issues online, or in future. I usually ask for their permission, but there are some content I make without asking for permission. I just go ahead to shoot the video.

I do that to promote other brand pages or accounts. I also do it to help and support the needy with my own money.

At first, I help with the little I have. Also, I am a big brand, and I believe there are ‘big people’ on my platform, who are watching what I do. Such people render assistance without me asking them to. For some people, I reach out to them one-on-one.

One constant issue is with street boys (louts) and their demand for money all the time. I find it embarrassing.

I ‘target’ people according to the type of content I plan on shooting. If I want to ask ‘rugged’ questions, I would have to go to the street and scout for people who look rugged, so they can give me the kind of answers I want.

I am an inspiration to myself, because I feel nobody makes the kind of content I do. If I notice that a particular theme is out there, I would switch to something else; just like music artistes do. It is the same body and name, but with different content.

Content creation on social media has made it possible for me to connect with a lot of big people, and network with them.

That is a lie. I create different types of content. I have those that are ‘decent’ and those that can be classified as indecent. There are many of my videos that people can learn from; as well those where I help the needy. My content shouldn’t be perceived as being indecent alone.

That is not possible, because I always take permission before shooting. Even if I cannot take permission at that particular time, I don’t ask questions that could lead to violence.

I made it known that I have a fiancée. For those who don’t respect that, I put them in their place.

I am still thinking about that and working towards it. When I am fully ready, I will disclose it. I will make it known to my fans and everybody else.

I don’t feel any pressure. I always say that I am the only ‘Egungun of Lagos’. I am unique, so I don’t think I can be pressured. I can only be encouraged to do more. If I see some colleagues doing more than I do, I would put in even more work.

I am not married yet, but I am blessed with the kind of fiancee I have. She understands me so well. She is even the one who ‘shoot’ and edits most of my videos. However, in some instances, I explain certain things to her, and she understands without pressure.

Before now, it was quite hard for me to do, because people would come online and say negative things about me, just because they saw me on their streets. Meanwhile, others would request for money every time they meet me on the street.  I had to balance things, and it’s only the second one (people asking for money) that is still happening.

I dress how I want to be addressed. Also, I mostly dressed in what I feel comfortable in. If I want to be casual, I would wear shorts; while for official engagements, I love wearing native or luxury outfits.

I relax by going on a vacation or spending time in a private space with my fiancée and friends.