It was a pleasure meeting with successful blogger, Tosin Ajibade popularly known as Olorisupergal who recently launched a book titled Social Misfit to a Social Media Hero. Tosin started Olorisupergal Blog in 2010 and 8 years down the line, the OloriSupergal brand has grown into becoming a platform for news and events. In this interview, Tosin revealed her journey into becoming one of Nigeria ’s media entrepreneurs and the gains from getting her new book which details her journey in the media jungle.
WHAT IS THE BOOK ALL ABOUT?
It’s not about my entire life, people assume that those that had it all are people who are actually up there and I had to tell my story. I grew up in Ketu with my parents, so regardless of your background depending on what you do, if you put your heart into what you do, you will definitely get a positive result.
WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON SOCIAL MEDIA TAX?
I think the whole rumor started on Twitter where they wanted to have a regulation to control bloggers and people that have access to information on social media, but let’s see how Nigerians will embrace it when the time comes.
WHAT IS YOUR THOUGHT ON SOCIAL MEDIA TODAY AND IN FIVE YEARS TIME?
Social media is social media; I mean I don’t have to be somewhere to know what is happening there. We all know that right since 2011, Social media has been changing in narratives and also the way we see things, so every little thing, we see it on social media; Instagram, Facebook, Twitter…be it anywhere, whichever platform you are on. A lot of things come out on social media so it’s changing already, it’s moving and it’s the trend.
WHAT SHOULD YOUR READERS EXPECT?
Expect a lot from the book, it’s all about my journey. It actually started from my childhood to my educational background, it’s basically just for people to have an understanding that it was not as if this thing came from heaven, it was just a passion that I took on and I decided to make something out of it. It is to inspire people to get something doing regardless of what they are going through; I have failed several times which I mentioned in my book. It’s basically doing the things that you love and if you put your whole heart into it and you’d definitely get somewhere. I followed my passion and my passion brought me this far.
OLUWATOSIN IS NOT A ROYAL NAME; NEITHER IS AJIBADE A ROYAL NAME, SO HOW DID THE ‘OLORI’ COME IN?
Okay…I love royalty and purple stands for royalty like I said I just wanted something different, a name that would make me stand out and I gave myself the name Olorisupergal which I am very proud of.
WE KNOW HOW TASKING IT IS MAKING A BODY OF WORK, DO TELL US ABOUT YOUR CHALLENGES?
I think the first chapter was one of my challenges basically. It took me back to my childhood memories and I didn’t have so much of it because I was not really out there, I usually keep to myself and I didn’t even know how to express myself as a child, for me, it took a lot from me to give myself out there.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THE BOOK?
What inspired me to write a book is to tell my own story, so I inspired myself.
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU EVEN AT THE VERGE OF GIVING UP?
My love for blogging kept me going. I wasn’t making money when I started, I spent more time at the cyber café, and they even go as far as giving me discounts for being a loyal customer (laughs).
HOW DO YOU THINK YOUR BOOK WILL CHANGE NIGERIAN YOUTHS?
It will definitely. I recommend this book to everybody. I don’t know what level you are or what you are doing at the moment but this is just to inspire people and let them know how important it is to put your mind into what they do and this is where passion comes in.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR THE YOUNGER GENERATIONS?
For the young ones that are out there, my advice is for them to stay true to themselves and be themselves. Of course, we know how it is today, if you are not a ‘Slay Mama’ or you don’t have anything, you are nobody. But my own message is for people to believe in themselves and make sure they do the best they can.