Meet Popular Nigerian Actor/motivational speaker/Instagram comedian, Abisoye Olukoya Michael, popularly known as Oyemykke.
The Popular Social Media commentator, Oyemykke, has about 200k followers on Instagram, where he posts his inspirational videos. He is known for analysing and commenting on socio-economic issues, especially issues that affect Nigerian youths.
Your first Instagram video was posted on August 4, 2016; how did you grow your fan base so quickly to about 200k?
Honestly I don’t know, but I attribute my success to God. I guess I have been able to achieve this by being myself in the craziest mix.
Were you initially discouraged when you started?
I wouldn’t say discouraged because it was never something I thought I could make money from. It was never something anybody thought could become viable. So nobody could even discourage me about it, but I was criticised a lot by my friends for being too blunt. I was discouraged from saying what was on my mind, just to fit in. Many times, I almost changed myself for people I thought were deserving of it.
There are many social media influencers on the Internet, have you ever felt that you are in competition with any of them?
I respect all content creators, so I don’t feel threatened by anybody in anyway. I feel I am the only person that does the type of videos I do.
What motivated your first video and what feedback did you get?
It was a hot summer in London; I was working as a care officer for some very old people. I had a terrible week and I knew I wasn’t at the best place in life as my friends were doing great in Nigeria.
So I decided to make a video, I remember I was looking scruffy. I decided to just talk for the fun of it. Not because I thought any one was going to care, I can even remember posting the video and falling on my bed.
I woke up three hours later to a phone flooded with missed calls and text messages from family members.
What inspires the content of your videos?
Different things inspire me; you’ll be surprised when I tell you about some weird things that inspire me. To make a list – God, books, cultures, travel and friends inspire the content of my videos.
Do you have plans to launch the Oyemykke Show on a bigger platform?
Definitely! If I get a good TV deal, why not? But definitely not until I find a media company that’s going to give me the perfect airtime and production. I’m always going to create content.
Some people think you post inspirational videos just because you are based in the UK and not in Nigeria. If you were based in Nigeria, would you still do these types of videos with the same contents?
People talk, I don’t worry a lot about that. I didn’t just become popular on the Internet; I had been polishing my craft for a long time. I had been networking, writing, and inspiring my friends.
If I lived under a rock, I would still motivate people there. It’s who I am naturally; it’s a force from within. Maybe the stories would have been a bit more different if I were there, but I don’t see it happening any other way.
Would you say you have made an impact on people’s lives through your videos?
Of course, I have made impact on thousands of people. You need to see how grown- up people jump at me on the streets of London. Women old enough to be my mother thank me and pray for me. I randomly meet men on trains, tube stations and I see a different type of childish playful joy in them. I love the energy that my video evokes in my fans.
Have you ever been a victim of online bullying? If so, how do you handle it?
I can’t get bullied on social media; I’ve met rude people online but I never felt bullied. Nobody can bully me using their phones and keyboards. I have been attacked several times by people, but it doesn’t move me at all. I don’t take anything too seriously.
What are some of the weird requests you get from your fans, especially the female ones?
I have received diverse requests; some of them say I should come and marry them, take them on random flights and fly to countries with a different time zone to hang out with them.
Do you grant such requests?
It depends; if it is something I can give them, I do. But if it’s otherwise, I move on.
Have you started making money from your videos?
I started making money from my platform less than a month after my first video.
What is the highest or lowest amount of money you have made from your social media platform?
I don’t like to talk about my income; the lowest should be under £100. But my income is good enough that I can comfortably take care of myself and even raise a child on it.
I used to have a job but I quit few months after I realised I was making enough money from my social media platform. I am the son of a big businesswoman, so I am also a businessman, but (on a) low-key (scale).
Have you ever posted a video that landed you in trouble?
No, I try to stay away from trouble.
Recently you made a remark about Banky W and it made some Nigerians criticise you. How did you feel when you saw those feedbacks?
I found them funny and I was laughing at the comments. You know, it’s more interesting watching thousands of people say what they truly feel about you. I learnt a lot and I’m still learning a lot. I understood where it was coming from.
Who are your mentors in the entertainment industry?
I don’t like to say I have mentors because I am trying to live my life the way I want to. However I am a huge fan of King David, Solomon’s father, I love him
What would you tell youths trying to follow in your footsteps?
Don’t follow in my footsteps; don’t follow in anyone’s footsteps either. Even if you have to learn a thing or two, think first. There’s no manual for information on how to live out there; it’s all make-believe to programme us. Live your truth and enjoy your life. You’re a star on the rise; I am not better than you.
Do you get endorsements from brands because of your popularity on social media?
No, but I have been approached. But due to some differences, we couldn’t come to a conclusion; however, I still work with a lot of brands outside Nigeria.
What is the feedback you get from your family and friends regarding your videos?
A week after I became famous, I told my family members to stay out of my work. Even though, some people’s reactions to my controversial world can be ugly, they also see the greatness of the man I am becoming. They’ve experienced the love people have for me from their own personal view and they respect that I’m just living my story. They know the true me and that’s all that matters.
Which of your videos do you think put you in the limelight?
I think it was a video where I spoke about how Nigerians at home promote and celebrate Halloween.
Before using the social media to post your videos, what were you using the platform for?
I have not used another platform before, I only tried it once and it worked.
Have you ever had a reason to block anyone on your social media page?
Yes, I block negativity; negativity to me is a game of perception. It is anything I find distasteful and appalling. I’m a very loud person and also very energetic; some people can’t handle that, so they come at me in a rude manner on my own page. But when I notice a rude comment, I don’t hesitate to block the person.
Of all your social media platforms, which is the most vibrant?
When you were creating your social media platforms, did you ever envisage that you would become this popular?
I didn’t think I would be popular via social media, but I always knew I was going to be great. I have always been heading up the road, so it was not an accident. My friends are still shocked till today because I said I was going to be popular and it’s happening.
Whenever you encounter some of your fans in real life, what are some of the reactions you get?
Joy, a whole different type of joy. I watch their faces light up with joy and I feel so blessed. There was a time I saw a man on the train while I was making a skit and he asked me if I was Oyemykke. Initially, I tricked him that I wasn’t the one. Then later, I told him it was me. He was so excited that he jumped like a three-year-old child and we took pictures together after we spoke for about five minutes.
How do you deal with naughty advances from female admirers?
Has your presence on social media opened doors for you?
I have met a lot of fabulous people and also gained exposure on different levels. Social media changed my life completely.
Do you think social media is a viable way for youths to earn a living in Nigeria?
Yes, I have motivated a lot of people.
Will you ever run for a political position?
I like politics; I like to watch the game. However, running for a political position is not in my plan right now as I have a lot more to do.
Sometimes Ago Oyemykke clapped back heavily on Nigerian blogger, Noble Igwe after the later went on a snitching spree to the EFCC on social media
Oyemykke released a viral video, insulting and raining abuses on the blogger. He captioned the video with a summary of his message used to buttress his point.
Noble Igwe Is A Stupid Snitch & I Don’t Care.
I’m Not Here To Justify The Acts Of The People In That Are Being Hunted But
A Snitch Regardless Of Their Motive Remains A Snitch!
FUCK YOU BROOO
He added that though he only knows Noble Igwe from a distance, his tweets show that he is a stupid man who only knows how to colour riot.
He also blasted him using his height and called him unprintable names
An aggrieved Oyemykke noted that it was not Igwe’s place to snitch and go on a public whistle blowing spree as his actions have implicated other innocent people in the same line of business, Recall Noble Igwe released a list of business owners as major fraud front in Lekki/V.I axis of Lagos State
Oyemykke also Lamabasted Nigerian female Disc jockey, DJ Cuppy in his latest video, saying she should stick to DJing and quit singing.
The U.K based Nigerian man, Abisoye Olukoya Michael popularly known as Oyemykkewho rants about DJ Cuppy’s new song titled “Charged Up” featured by the Nigeria leading producer, Masterkraft, few days ago was bounce out of Wande coal’s concertheld in London, United Kingdom.
Oyemykke in his recent video called out daughter of Nigerian billionaire businessman Otedola, insisting that she sticks to DJing. In his opinion DJ Cuppy is has not talent to become a full fledge artist and should stop singing. He continued that the ‘Green Light’ crooner should a best be a record producer.
Since taking to singing, DJ Cuppy has released songs like ‘Green Light’, ‘Vybe’, ‘Currency’ etc.
Mr Oyemykke shared the video below, with the caption;
I Love Dj Cuppy Too Much To Not Say This Truth. I Tried Not Make This Video But Here We Go.
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