I had to get this interview from Corper Jess after her ordeal in Akure, Ondo State. Staying back after your one year service has come to an end is a huge one. So sit back, read and enjoy:
Good evening Jessica. My name is Paul Kay, and I’ll be your host this evening
My name is guineajessica
So Jessica Guinea, can I call you Jess?
Not Jessica guinea. Strictly guineajessica, it’s not a nickname. Yes, Jess is perfect.
Name and surname combine as one eh?
Full name: Agi-kysburn, guineajessica
Okay. So Corper Jessica, in one sentence, who are you?
I am an optimistic being, Consistent in whatever I put my hands to do and I strive to make the best out of life for myself,
Nice… So you lived in Port Harcourt and served in Akure, Ondo state.
What motivated you to stay back after your service?
I have this inner zeal of self-dependence so going back home was not an option for me considering how much I wanted to explore a new culture and environment.
Akure is a growing city, after service I felt the need to explore the city, I was mostly called a ‘celebrity Corper’, and I said to take advantage of being a celebrity corper, I challenged myself to make a name that would forever be sealed in the soil of Akure.
“Forever be sealed in the soil of Akure.”
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So Jess, didn’t you find it tough?
It was tougher than I imagined. It was all rosy when I decided to stay back. Then reality set in but having in mind to stay back kept me going.
I was determined and nothing could stop me at that point. Me wanting to explore this environment was at my own will, my family advised I return home (You know African parents and fear, I call it love) But I choose to remain, I was tough too, tough times goes hand in hand with tough people I guess.
After the allawee stopped, how did you cope? Financially, was there home support?
I saved money for rainy days actually. But my family didn’t neglect me, they were of great assistance to me, I can’t thank them enough (My big sister especially) she understands how much I wanted to stay back to explore, she had my back all the time.
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So staying back… what did you pursue? What was your game?
I pursued my Modelling career and my fashion career. I trained in a fashion school before I proceeded with my service. I also engaged in catwalk training, auditions and events while at home. Moving to Akure I felt the need to unleash everything I trained for back home.
I started by planning my own fashion event. After the success of my event, it gave room for more people to notice me. I started my agency with the models who participated in my Runway fashion event.
I started getting invites to training models for events. I was also opportune to judge two events. I was awarded “best catwalk instructor of the year” “best female dress, Mr and Miss Ondo state”
I set my models up for pageantry, I challenged myself to it and they both won In the event we enrolled in.
The game is this, I kept breaking out of my fears, I kept pushing beyond my expectations
I was popularly known as jessyjay.
Jessyjay! Could you speak the Yoruba dialect while there?
Yes, I learnt little. I got a job after service and knowing a bit of the language was important in my working environment.
I learnt really fast and that made my colleagues and clients happy, most times I reply wrongly, but who cares? 😂 I just had to speak whatever comes to my head.
😂😂😂😂 Was tribalism ever an issue?
Few times, but I didn’t pay attention to all that, I believe it can happen anywhere but I didn’t dwell or think about that, I was too excited to learn the language and the culture, the excitement alone did a lot of good to me, it gave me a positive vibe that no one could take away from me.
How about your business, how did it fare in this new place?
I wasn’t able to run my business full time, my fashion business did justice for myself, my job schedule didn’t give room, I know I could make out time but I preferred to rest rather than overwork myself.
But I was able to meet up photoshoots to build my name and catwalk training by weekends.
Omo, You’re a workaholic! What kept you going?
Me, I’m a lot stronger than I imagine, I am strong-willed like I earlier mentioned and I am ready to move as many mountains to keep my dreams and hopes alive. I hope that fire keeps burning no matter how tough life may be.
So… Now back in Port Harcourt? What made you come back?
I had in mind to explore Akure for a year or two, along the line myself and family decided it was time to take bigger steps in life, I was glad I made good use of my time in Akure, my coming back was still amazing because I explored Akure and made good use of my time, what more can I be thankful for?
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Someday I would return to Akure by Gods grace, bigger and better.
Bigger and better!! In a sentence, summarize your time in Akure
My time in Akure was amazing, fun, amazing people and culture. I wouldn’t want to forget a certain group of people I met “jinjin the body” they were amazing to be around.
You had a swell time o.
I sure did trust me
Before you go, Jessica; any advice for any corp member wanting to stay as you did.
I would advise Corp members to explore the town. It’s a growing town, why not grow with it.
Now is the time to be known trust me, the entertainment industry is moving, a serious-minded person can venture into a good business and make it, the cost of living is very affordable.
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At the end of the day it still boils down to what one can take, I know what I saw in the town that made me stay, I don’t know if others might see the same thing as I did. If they don’t, fine. But if they do? Perfect 👌
Thank you so so much, Jess. Twas really wonderful doing this with you.
Thank you, Paul. It’s amazing having to share such an amazing experience with you
Pleasure is all mine!
Do well to drop comments if you had a similar experience. It would be amazing for serving and intending corp members.