The Interview Series: Onomesan Oyo
What do you currently do as a job?
I currently work as an external auditor by day, day dreamer and writer somehow interspersed in-between and of course all round weirdo by and large.
As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?
I always knew I wanted to work in the corporate world, always had this image of the well put together city girl, high flying executive extraordinaire who can afford the luxuries of the finest labels, nice apartment, understand the art form that is independence and all be it living her truth.
Did primary school and secondary school shape your ideas about your dream job?
*laughs inaudibly* If we were to go by the books I read in high school, I would be in the C.I.A.
At what point in time did you change your mind about that dream job?
I don’t think I ever had a dream job per se, I always loved how strong, confident and stylish the women in the financial world looked so that has always been my go to. However I discovered my love for writing in my 2nd year in the university after I had just seen Confessions of a Shopaholic (Yes I wanted to be the girl in the green scarf badly (^_^).
Why did you study what you studied in the university? If you have a do over will you study the same course?
I studied Accounting because it was my escape course from a science class purgatory in high school. If I had a do over I would explore my prospects in creative writing.
How did the “reality of adulthood” affect your dreams?
It’s actually made me more resilient, in fact my daily mantra is “May the other side not win”.
Do you believe your dreams are still within your reach?
That’s the only reason I get up every day.
Are you fulfilled with your life? If “Yes”, how? If “No” why?
I wouldn’t dare use the word fulfilled(even Mo Abudu who is the first Black Afican woman to own a tv network is constantly trying to conquer the next best thing so dare I say who am I). I can’t still however use the word content, what I would say is I have mastered the art of inner peace, finding happiness in the unlikely of places and stopped attaching a time zone to my goals(trust me this brilliant stroke of science has helped me sleep at night).
What are your hobbies? And does your current line of work give you time for them?
I love reading books(mostly fiction but from time to time I take a leap of faith into works of nonfiction), I love tv(everything from movies, music, tv shows, interviews of my favourite actors/authors, talk shows), I also love people watching(there’s a certain art form in watching people be themselves and not knowing that other people are watching). *Laughs out really loud* that’s why weekends exist and we have 24 hours in a day so my line of work can’t change a thing.
Do you have any regrets? If “Yes”, what are they?
I don’t have any regrets because I’m a big believer in the cosmetic influences the forces of the universe has in our lives and that our experiences shape the person we end up becoming.
Will you look back in the next ten years and be happy with how your decisions today have shaped your future?
I think that I would be happy because I try to live my life or make decisions not thinking of what other people would say, free of inhibitions and social conventions.
Do you have any fears for the future? If “Yes”, what are they?
As with everyone else the usual “Will I be successful”, “Will my life mean something”, I’m also scared of life itself, failing and not reaching my best self.