While throwing banters with some of my colleagues in the open office some years ago, I had an urge to check my mail…Like I was expecting some good news. Rushed to my system and this particular message dropped in my inbox as I logged in my account. The title looked funny, there was just something about the mail that didn’t seat right. I got very curious and went for that message straight, discarding the others ones that were begging for my attention.
Wow, it was an ‘order’ for us to get a new anchor for the Family Reality TV Show. Kemi was going to be replaced I whispered in shock to my team members. How? Who sent the mail? What happened? Is she leaving the country? Has competition finally stolen her from us? Questions were just flying over my head as kept staring at my system.
There was this guy that was particularly close to Kemi, So I asked if he had seen the mail I just forwarded to him and the guy just kept mute. I moved to closer to be sure he heard me and that was when he dawned on me that the guy was almost tearing up. Eeyah…I could tell he was crying from the inside. Sad day!
I for one liked Kemi, she never gave me any issues during the project. There was never an act of indiscipline from her. Not once!
But hey It was client’s call. The decision must have been an informed one. I couldn’t call Kemi to tell her because it was unethical but I knew if a bigger opportunity showed up, I would look out for her.
So we started the journey for the search of a new anchor, a tedious task I must confess. After speaking to some celebrities, we had to zero down to who ‘fits perfectly’ into the brief.
Finally, we got a replacement! Thank God!!!
Sadly two months after, I had to move to another agency, career prospect. I would have loved to witness the performance of the new anchor but professionalism demands I had to move on immediately. Detach myself from the project and face my new responsibility.
Something strange happened one day and it got me pondering for a while. I had gone to APCON to sort out some issues and while waiting to get things done, I noticed a girl from another agency that looked troubled. So I asked what the problem was and she told me she sent three materials for vetting and they approved two. I just told her to meet Mr A in room xxx and she would be fine. Just like I had formed ‘the man that runs things’, the connect did work. The girl was sorted out sharp sharp. As she was trying to thank me, a cd fell from her folder, it was for a TVC I had seen on TV (the name of the TVC was written on the jacket of the CD). Cool ad, I’d always wanted to know the director that worked on the project.
: So your agency also worked on this TVC?
: Sure, Kemi Adetiba directed it.
: Kemi Adetiba? How?
: Yeah Kemi, she’s good o. Why are you looking shocked?
: Nothing..Just thought she was an anchor or something in the line of music video.
We quickly concluded on our gist and exchanged cards. Hoping to see some other time.
So while alone, I asked myself..How did Kemi Transit from a girl that lost a multi-million naira contract to a director that was working on a big budget TVC? Is she not meant to be looking for another ‘hosting’ gig?
Better still..couldn’t she have cried to the ‘said’ client for a new deal on a different brand entirely?
Maybe she tried and there was no light at the end of the tunnel. So she moved on.
This weird realization got me very interested in this woman, I started watching her new found career from afar. 'tried to get her do one or two things for some of the brands I was working on but it just didn’t happen for some reason. Not any fault of hers though.
Because we are friends on Facebook and interact on other social media platforms, it was almost like the norm for me to see most of her post. And most of them that had to do with jobs were strictly on production. It was obvious she was so committed.
But a post caught my attention, it was a snippet of ‘The King Woman’, the edition that had Chigul. I watched that piece over and over again until I landed into awe of Kemi’s brilliance. The set, lighting, quality of sound and picture, angle of shots and post production was on point. Most importantly, the story was deep. Great job! I was impressed.
See, sometimes life happens and things do not go the way we had planned. We get dejected, bitter and blame people for putting us in that situation. And that is how we miss the BIG opportunities that come disappointments/setbacks.
Now this is the most important part of this post. This is where the ‘God’ factor comes to play.
Kemi had started working ‘The King Woman’ before The Wedding Party project kicked off. So I think she had to pause and focus Mo’s new baby.
I’ve seen the Wedding Party and I really enjoyed it. Good movie! Was it the best movie in 2016? You may say No. But the marketing was HEAVY. Mo Abudu used all available resources to make the movie come to life. The conversation around this Nigerian movie was unprecedented. Arguably the most talked about movie in 2016. The hype was just out of this world.
But there are two critical take out from this whole Wedding Party 'gist', Mo Abudu made money and Kemi has been established as a King Woman in the movie industry.
If Kemi was paid for her craft, why did her name become the prominent one on this project and not that of the piper?
Wouldn't you say God just allowed Mo to do all the spending so that he could change Kemi's level?
The King Woman won't enjoy this much visibility if the Wedding Party project hadn't happened.
If you understand GRACE then you will get the gist.
See, when a door closes (difficult as it may seem), is the perfect time to focus on what you can do with your hands at that moment. A time to develop new skills and brush up the innate ability that only you can bear witness.
So many opportunities walk by when a door is suddenly slammed on our face but we barely notice them because we are too busy trying to open the closed door.
No matter how small and insignificant a project/idea seems, act on it with all dedication. Follow through with your ideas, it might just be the reason the other door was so closed. The reason you needed to be broken so that you will come out stronger. It might just be your set time to be established.
Now here's the caveat, you can not come to the table if don't have anything to offer. The door of opportunities can't be opened to you if you do not have any ability that can be paid for.
The butler must have spoken about you to the king before you can be asked to come to the table..
Before you can be accorded the respect of a KING WOMAN...like Kemi was.
Just one of my nuggets, I will post another one once it rains.
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Photo Credit: Kemi Adetiba