Many would remember her from her earliest days reciting poetry, then gradually moving onto being a hilariously entertaining and truthful YouTuber; from coming out to hundreds of thousands about her porn addiction as a child – meet the young passionate woman who overcame by a milestone; Sincerely, Oghosa.

 

Hannah: I’m surprised you’re not from around here, you seem like such a bubbly Londoner!
Oghosa: Ha, well I was actually born in London and grew up in Brixton, South London, and Tottenham, North London.
H: Do you like living outside of London?
Oghosa: Yes and no, it’s interesting how I believe my living experience has a lot to do with IC-FREE and how it sees people like me. Living outside of London felt a bit ostracizing, the education wasn’t the best and the secondary school I attended there was very racist – people even spoke horribly about my hair. A few years later this had changed – multiculturalism happened. From about 2008-2011 there was a serious problem with knife crime especially among young black boys. This frightened a lot of African parents to leave their London homes and move to the outskirts. In my early years of school, I was one out of two black students in my year; and a few years later, I become one of a hundred black students at my school. What a turnaround! It’s nice having people around me that understand.

img_2245-1H: If someone mentions your name, I immediately think of your bold loud hair, and the colours you rock from blue to green, to the stunning beach blonde you’re sporting right now! Where did your ‘hairspiration’ come from?
Oghosa: It’s weird to say, but my loud hairstyles came from when I become closer to God. There were times when the Holy Spirit would tell me to not wear make-up so I could focus more on my inner beauty. I do also admire icons like Marilyn Monroe who had that signature statement hairstyle of tight curls which was such a perfect representation of her personality. I love the history of beauty and my relationship with God helps me to realise why I like what I like. I’m currently sporting 1950’s curls and to me; it means freedom.
H: Your YouTube videos are epic and so relatable to young women like myself. Do these video ideas derive from the daily encounters you face?
Oghosa: I just have that kind of weird personality where I just say what I think, but add a little comedic twang to it. Also, the people that I’m surrounded by and their stories help too.
H: How are you able to confidently put a funny video of ‘Things we need to leave in 2015’ to speaking about going through child abuse?
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“To be honest, I don’t care or think about it too much. I’d like to think I’m a hilarious girl next door that speaks about a range of things that many people can relate to. Unfortunately child abuse is one too. I’m human and go through things like we all do.”
H: What convicted you to open up about having a porn addiction?
Oghosa: I was genuinely led by God to do it, which then led to having a dream about a friend of mine being sexually abused which turned out to be true. From then I knew I had to open up about it. I know people that have been sexually abused and say that it’s so much better when you finally speak about how something so life changing can affect you from such a young age. From this video I released opening up about it, The Daily Mail got in contact with me, as well as Sky News and many others! I never would have imagined becoming a porn addict advocate, this really means a lot.
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H: Didn’t you worry about how people would take the news?
Oghosa: I try not to focus about what people think too much. If you always worry about what other people think, it will distract you from the bigger picture.

H: What else is Oghosa up to when she’s not YouTubing or impacting the lives of others?
Oghosa: I’m a freelance social media engager so it pretty much has a lot to do with what I do on a daily basis. It’s helped so much with managing my own online profile and interacting with all of my subscribers and followers.
H: What other exciting plans are you looking forward to this year?
Oghosa: There are so many things in the works in terms of Sincerely Oghosa! Can’t speak about it yet though! However on a personal level, I’d love to have a dog. My younger sister is autistic and autistic people generally like dogs. I also really want to visit Italy and Dubai!
H: Lastly, do you feel free?
Oghosa: Yes, more so now than before. I’m relying on God, remaining patient, and enjoying the journey.
 
Subject – Sincerely OghosaWriter – Hannah Ajala
 Photographer – Cris Blaize 

 

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