a chartered creative and independent artist
It is not every day that you come across a qualified accountant who is now a creative and independent artist: this is the story of Onia Moss.
Onii was born and raised in Nigeria. She grew up surrounded by people like Onyeka Onwenu and Tracy Chapman, who her parents played over and over again on radio and television. Talking to Onia, it seemed like she was always passionate about art as she reminisced about her mother’s rose gardens and the patterns of ties and dyes she had experienced as a child. But the convenience of being socially and financially successful in the creative industry seemed somewhat far-fetched at the time, hence her decision to pursue a career in accounting. After completing his degree in the subject area, he successfully took a position with one of the leading banks in Nigeria after completing his studies at NYSC. After two years of her banking career, she decided to look for more for herself, not knowing what the future holds.
At the age of twenty-two, Onii flew from Abuja International Airport to the UK to begin her studies and qualify as an ACCA Certified Accountant. She managed to achieve something in a couple of years. Things didn’t go as smoothly as she expected, however, as she struggled to find a financial job that left her jobless for over a year. Around the same time, he decided to broaden his horizons and redefine his love of art. Stuck at home with very little to do, Onii began drawing inspiration from other women on her television screen, just as she did as a child. Only this time, these women were self-taught photographers who told beautiful visual stories. Rather than paying rent this month, she took what I might call a bold move by purchasing a camera to begin her photography studies. He saw his father recording their childhood family life with a camera. Something that he was forced to give up when it was stolen. This was his experience in photography. But when I met Onia while talking to her, I realized that she was not the type to shy away from what could be classified as a daunting decision. She literally played the role and started taking self-portraits. She learned about photography and editing by watching tutorials on YouTube and tried to put her new skills into practice. And even when he finally got a financial job at a bank, he continued to photograph. Sometimes she stayed up until dawn editing images from a long day at the office.
Her hard work and dedication did not go unnoticed as big brands began to discover her work on social media and offered to pay her to run editorial campaigns for them. In the end, he gave up his role at the bank, even after succeeding there. In the first eighteen months, she managed to get three promotions. But she knew that if she didn’t risk herself to see where her new creative pursuit was leading, it wouldn’t suit her, especially if she gave her the opportunity. It turned out to be another great solution, she says. Onyi has received numerous awards for her work and has even become a brand ambassador for one of the UK’s leading jewelry brands. He felt the need to not only focus on still images, but also deepen the film by telling visually pleasing stories. His work really shows passion. Some of his short films have garnered hundreds of thousands of views on social media. In filmmaking, she has rediscovered her love of writing music because she knows that music plays a key role in storytelling. This is what prompted her to start working on her EP.
Her debut single “In Your Eyes” was released a few weeks ago and is currently broadcasting on radio stations across the UK, including the BBC. When I asked her what the song was about, she described it as “a glimmer of hope that can sometimes be found in loss.” Onii is a dreamer and romantic heart. What can be seen in his work. The meaning of the song is true to her. His music was very much inspired by musicians such as Tracy Chapman and Asa. “In Your Eyes” has an introspective acoustic base with elements of folk blues.
Onyi is not signed and intends to remain so. She is one of those creative people who want to stay true to her soul in her words. He does not want to be immersed in the dreams of others, but instead shares his dreams with the world. She believes that not many women have been able to succeed in this industry independently on their own terms, and if she can be one of the few examples of women who succeed, then hopefully this will open the way for others to take responsibility for their creative careers. as they see fit.
When asked if she has any last words for our readers, she responded and I quote: “It’s important to tell your story, because if you don’t, others may do it for you, and you may not like the character they make you notice. “.
Source: – Leaders ng