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Conversations with the Inspiring Omoghéné

Today we’d like to introduce you to Omoghéné.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Omoghéné. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Music has been a part of my life for so long, I almost feel like the lyrics are written in my DNA. I can’t even imagine what my life would be without music. I grew up as a very shy and insecure girl, but singing gave me a voice when I was afraid to speak up. I felt like I was most understood when I sang.

I started singing when I was 7 years old and started performing when I was 12. I remember my first public performance. I sang “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood at my elementary school rally for Red White and Blue week. I was so nervous, but I just closed my eyes and let the words flow out of my mouth. And when I was done, I opened my eyes and I was shocked by the applause that I received from the crowd. Even at that moment, my mom was also shocked that I could sing.

From then on, I started singing in the church choir, at school rallies, talent shows, and local open mics in my area. Over the years, singing just grew on and in me. I was always excited and waiting for the next opportunity to perform. While pursuing my B.A. in Business Entrepreneurship, I began taking poetry seriously as a freshman which later turned into my love for songwriting. I had a hard time explaining my feelings on a particular subject, but putting it in a poem or a song offered understanding for everyone. Art, itself, opens the floor for a dialogue rather than an argument.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Being an artist is entrepreneurship at its finest. What is interesting to me is how many artists are so afraid of the business side of music. As artists, we are actually trained to be more concerned about the art and not the business aspect, but the reality is, YOU ARE THE BUSINESS. Your talent is the product, your brand is the packaging, and your 9-5 effort is the investor. If you’re just starting out, you’re probably the manager and administrative assistant, the booking agent, the CFO, the CMO, and so on and so forth. Juggling all these hats are really difficult. I’m not going to lie to anyone and say that it is easy, but my education in Entrepreneurship at CSUF prepared me to undertake these challenges and manage my emotions as I embark on this journey. If you want to pursue a career in the arts, don’t view it as a destination or quest to “make it”, but rather a long-term investment. Always remember, you are the CEO and you make it happen.

Please tell us more about your music, what you are currently focused on and most proud of?
My music is in a category of its own. It’s a mix of acoustic neo-soul, R&B, and a pop twist that showcases my church upbringing and Nigerian-American roots. I am not here to sell anyone a lavish lifestyle, but I am here to talk about real-life issues, real people, and how a woman of faith tackles these real challenges. My new single “Made For This” is a perfectly crafted response of how a “daughter of a King” should respond in situations where people doubt her ability to make it through tough situations. It boldly declares “I’ll make it. I’ll make it. Don’t you ever believe less. You better believe it.”

My favorite part of being an artist is performing live. For the small window of time that I am there with the audience, I cease it as an opportunity to give them something of value that allows them to experience a moment of release. We have become a very tough, “I-don’t-care-about-anyone” and “I am not going to show my feelings” society, but I do care and my strongest moments are when I am honest about my feelings in my music.

For good reason, society often focuses more on the problems rather than the opportunities that exist, because the problems need to be solved. However, we’d probably also benefit from looking for and recognizing the opportunities that women are better positioned to capitalize on. Have you discovered such opportunities?
Women have a lot to offer. Bring something new and innovative to the market as an entrepreneur. Rather than trying to push their way through society to find opportunities, women have the capacity and they should create their own. Women are built for entrepreneurship. When a woman is given the space to grow and excel, she does not only flourish alone, she also takes everyone with her.

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Vizuals by Eze, Fatoki Samuel, Ifster Photography

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