One on One: Chi Eneje

‘Believe in yourself. You are never too young to dream big’

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We caught up with (Chi Eneje) the author of yesterday’s article, ‘Nigeria: Hungry for change’. Chi is a recent graduate, working in London as a Finance Assistant. She plays the Keyboard for her church choir and is often asked to play at weddings, birthdays and other special events.  Here’s how it went down  

What’s your Nigerian name? What does it mean when translated into English?

I have two. Chiamaka means ‘God is good’ and Ginikachukwu means ‘ What is greater than God?’

Can you speak your native Nigerian language?

*Laughs* Yes, I can – thanks to my Mum!’

Jellof Rice or Pounded Yam?

‘I’m a village girl really, so I would say Pounded Yam and Egusi Soup (preferably with supermalt!)’

Hollywood or Nollywood?

‘I can easily relate to Nollywood but I would have to go with Hollywood on this one, just because the work is more professionally done. Although “Last Flight to Abuja” seems very well produced.’

What ‘afro beats’ song do you have on repeat at the moment?

‘Banky W – Yes/No’

What book are you currently reading?

‘Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Adichie’

What do you think is holding Nigeria back from developing and pushing forward as a nation?

‘I believe there’s an ingrained culture of greed and lack of an effective judicial system. People feel they can do what they want to and get away with it. If an appropriate justice system was in place for example, it would deter those in positions of authority from looting the government.’

Do you see yourself living in Nigeria in the future?

‘My biggest concern has always been the security. If that continues to improve then yes I would love to live in Nigeria.’

What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself?

‘Believe in yourself. You are never too young to dream big.’

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