Oluwaseyikunmi: Multi-talented award- winning kidprenuer
Can we meet you?
My name is Oluwaseyikunmi Femi-Orekoya. I am 11 years old and the lead of the K4s multitalented award-winning kidprenuers Group. I am a Basic VI pupil of K.Kotun Memorial School, Surulere, Lagos.
I am a model, singer, dancer, kidprenuer, TV presenter and a media influencer.
How did you start?
I started by doing different creative things that appealed to me. My parents saw this and guided me to channel my creativity to better use. Knowing that my siblings are also talented, my parents guided us to put our talents together, and that was how we came up with K4s talent platform.
What challenges have you encountered?
It is people seeing our actions as being foolish. Also, there are a few platforms that encourage parents to nurture their kids’ talents. Most parents believe a serious child is to go to school, attend after school lesson, additional lesson at home and continuous reading at home.
This is a big challenge because neighbours in some instances accuse my mom of exposing me too much, when she takes me to some programmes and encourages me to participate is some fashion shows.
So, how do you solve these challenges?
I am privileged to have parents who caught the vision early, guided and supported me not to see it above my studies. I have continued to make the best of all the opportunities they gave to me by being obedient and focused at school.
My teachers have also noticed my gifts and have allowed me to represent my school in different competitions.
Who are your role models?
They are my parents. My dad is a very handy and great family man. He has a big toolbox and fixes almost everything in the house himself. He is a fashion-conscious person and loves to dance. My mom, on the other hand, teaches us to love others and to always seek opportunities to make our life a blessing to others.
How do you balance school and these other activities?
I make my studies part of everything I do. Except where necessary, we are only allowed to do non-school creative activities and auditions over the weekends or during holidays. Our different educational programmes under the K4s talent shows have also helped to combine play with learning.
From where do you get your inspiration?
My greatest inspiration is the kids I am influencing to develop and nurture their talents. Feedbacks and commendations I get from different spheres have also been a driving force to me.
What have been your achievements so far?
I am the brain behind the K4s talent platform and among various activities, I was featured on the MTN “turn it up” campaign advert focused on encouraging people to bring out the best in them. Also, together with the other members of the K4s crew, I participated in the Bournvita Tech bootcamp, kidz got talent and boardwalk kids fashion show. As a TV presenter, I am on the crew of Pineapple TV and have also featured on the “Readland Radio fun time” online radio presentation on WFM 91.7. In my spare time, I love hand works, including making paracord bracelets, greeting cards, drawing and also playing football. On my academic sphere, I am currently the school social prefect and doing well in all my subjects.
What is your advice to other kids?
They should not allow their creative abilities to disturb their studies. They should also obey their parents and seek guidance at all times to improve on themselves.
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