We had the good fortune of connecting with Nnaemeka Okeke and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nnaemeka, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Whenever I think about risk, it’s One of those things that I look at from the perspective of my faith. When it comes to taking a risk you have to believe in something. I place my trust in God because I know God is guiding me, that’s what allows me to take the risk. For example trying to do different things at the same time balancing growing a career in medicine with a growing career in film and music it’s a risk try to take on these things at the same time but I trust my God and I know that even though I don’t understand how I’m supposed to handle these things. I know that it will all come to fruition and everything, all the gifts that God has given me will be used in a way that is pleasing to him. So from my perspective I see risk as a natural part of walking in your purpose. If you’re not willing to risk for what you believe then what do you really believe?
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I would say the biggest thing that sets me apart from others would be my background. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to be raised in a diverse set of environments and cultures all of which add to who I am as a creative. I was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria before moving to America and then upon moving to America living state to state. At the time I didn’t know it but all of it adds to my creative awareness & understanding in such a unique way. No it was not easy there were many challenges growing up in school in America, dealing with language and cultural assimilation at first.
There are many many challenges sitting down I can’t even think about all the things that I’ve had to go through just to get where I am now but still it’s only the beginning and I know many more challenges will come. Challenges will be overcome especially if you believe in God especially if you’re focused on your path and even if you falls seven times get up eight. Currently in regards to my art I am very proud of my feature on the new series on Amazon prime titled “the Underground Railroad” Directed by Barry Jenkins based on Colston Whitehead’s book. I play one of the characters in that so look out for me. Also I just released my first single titled “NoGo” out now on all streaming platforms, so please feel free to listen, share and stream!!! Also working on several other projects right now so I’m just excited about the future and thankful to God.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There’s not much to do in South Carolina. But if my best friend were to visit I would probably take him to Charleston we could go downtown to King St. There are different places to eat and malls, we would just go places where people will be hanging out. Maybe go to isle of palms beach you know it depends on what you want to do. maybe take him out for the night life to a bar or something. In general there’s not too much to do in South Carolina but in Charleston specifically there’s a good bit to do so I’ll probably take him down there.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I believe that my success so far can be attributed to the work and effort of many many people. I am thankful by Gods grace to have an amazing support system of people, friends family, around me who more and more are gradually believing in the path that God has for me and want to support. So I guess first and foremost I want to thank God but also all of those who truly support me, my friends, family and fans all of you keep me going and understand it is just the beginning, my story will be one for the ages.
Brandon Waller – Photographer Jamaal Josef – Photographer Underground Railroad photos used courtesy of Amazon studios Nnaemeka Okeke – Model