If you ask about Yemi amongst creative heads in Lagos, you would quickly and consistently come about one exact notion, and it is this; he is a crazy art lover. Go ahead and watch some of his stage performances or his YouTube videos and you would very possibly arrive at the same resolution yourself, seeing the fervour he puts into his act. Yemi’s personal style isn’t spared from his art frenzy either, as he keeps his followers astounded with each new style assemble.
Yemi Osokoya is a choreographer, creative director and the co-founder of Westsyde Lifestyle, one of Nigeria’s biggest dance groups. The group specializes in Afro-urban dance styles, and their monthly instructional videos have become a common recourse for learning (about) trending dance moves originating from Nigeria and Africa. Westsyde, asides releasing dance covers to top hits in Africa have worked with several high-profile artiste on the continent, both onstage and in music videos, some of which include Olamide, Patoranking, Wizkid to mention a few.
This Friday, Yemi Osokoya of Westsyde Lifestyle features as our Fashion Dazzler of the week. Enjoy the interview that ensues.
NSPK: How did you come to the decision to do this for a lifetime? Or if not, what else is there in the future for you?
Yemi Osokoya: I like to believe that dance chose me and it’s a prophecy that needed to come to pass. For the future, as a creative person, I love visuals a lot, so I plan to venture into cinematography on the long run.
NSPK: Tell us about the source(s) of inspiration for your style?
Yemi Osokoya: Sources of inspiration for my style are basically afrocentric and black retro themes. Major style influencers that I draw inspiration from include @wackng, @3ooo_, @lukasabbat. Magazines like Vogue, Elle and Instyle are also a huge influence.
NSPK: Do you get anxious just before a performance on stage? Tell us what the experience is like for you?
Yemi Osokoya: Yes of
course, I get anxious. For me it’s just a kick in my bloodstream that pushes me
to go do great on that very stage regardless. I think every great artist gets
anxious at times before getting onstage.
NSPK: Tell us about any on-going or future projects you are excited about?
Yemi Osokoya: Yeah, I have some work in progress with my family @westsydelifestyle it’s going to be lit. More importantly, I have a project with my girlfriend @nora.chinwe we’re working on a beautiful joint creative project and I’m excited about these projects….. So, watch this space!
NSPK: What advice would you give someone who’s about take up a career in dance?
Yemi Osokoya: I would advise anyone who’s taking up this career to always listen to their heart… Stay focused in the art… Remember consistency is key and never give up regardless of the circumstances.
- Twitter or IG? – IG
- Notepads or eWriter? – Notepad
- Coffee or Tea? – Coffee
- Read a book or Listen to podcast? – Read a book
- Comfort or Fashionable? – Fashionable
- Current song on replay? – Dangote by Burnaboy
- Favourite TV show of all time? – Step up: High Water
- Idea for a perfect date? – Movies in the park
- Favourite perfume/make up brand? – Tom Ford Oud Wood
- If you had to wear one fashion brand for the rest of your life, who? – OFFWHITE, Virgil Abloh
For more about Yemi Osokoya, visit Yemi_Osokoya on Instagram