The last post I had here was sharing some of my thougghts of my experiences. I chatted about writing the television series I NEED TO KNOW. I decided to reach out to the young persons I met while shooting the series. My first responder is a young man I called Vince. He had kept in touch and sent me greetings when I turned70. A conversation evolved. This is the main outcome of my conversation with Vince.
: In the series I need to know, you took on the role of Vince, what did you think?
Starring as Vince in the series was the greatest challenge for me then as it was the main male
character of the series and I knew I just had to put every other thing aside to pass
the message and showcase myself
: 2. At the end of the series, did the series have any effect on you?
Oh yes I learnt a lot from the series.
And I want to say that though I got on set as an art student but left as a medical student in the sense that it taught me about my health and my self. I would say being the very first time of acting along side great and fantastic actors
from the industry, It was also my first time being involved in an international project
3.What lessons did the series impact on you personally
On a personal note, I would say that it took away carelessness from me as I
started knowing about responsibility and accountability, values, morals, healthy
lifestyle etc. It also helped me to caution my emotions and taught me to be a good parent (thanks to Dr Tanya). There were lots of misinformation out there which were all corrected by going through the scripts and watching other actors deliver their lines
4. Did you make lasting friends from the series?
After the recording of the series, we all had to go about our studies which was
very paramount to us all then. Well, I would say to an extent.
5. Tell us a bit about yourself twenty years after the series
Well, I am Ayoola Munis (arpa) a broadcasting journalist, voice over artiste, advertiser and creative director. I am also married to Abiodun Ajayi Munis (medical doctor) and we are blessed with a daughter AraOluwa Munis.
We reside in Canada but the Nigerian blood still flows.
I ve just started my career in life professionally and I believe in getting the job done at the right time.
6. Was anyone affected by your role? Share please
I wouldn’t really know if anyone was affected by the role played but my talent created lots of spark for people of my age then, to go into acting.
: 7. In Today’s understanding, do you think the series could still be effective?
For such series to break even now is really going to take a lot of energy, dedication,
professionalism, trust from parents (especially those who watched the series then)
It is possible but it’s really going to be a tough one because of what now trends
in the social media and on the minds of young people out there
8. What are parenting issues that could be revisited? Share your thoughts.
Availability, communication, affection, education, morals and values.
Example, Vince’s mum was there to communicate with him as she had to double up
as a father and friend. Vince was just that talented lucky child that could have been
misled by peer pressure.
May would have been a lucky girl but she had no communication with
her parents as domestic violence was king between her dad and mum.
Lack of education for Amina’s parents and region, affected her decision making in life, as she was forced to follow the tradition of the land which led her hand to
be given out in marriage to a much older person.
Green didnt know his father and was exposed to street life which turned him to a street boy and almost ruined his life.
9. What do you think the producers of the series should add to reproductive health issues if they wish to revisit the series
Vision and ability to believe in one’s self. Lots of young ones are tossed here
and there for lack of vision and do not believe in their ability to achieve or
be a better person in life, though financial constraint might affect them also.
10. What lasting impact did the series have on you then and now?
For that, I would say responsibility
11. Thank you for sharing, please give us further comments on your views as Today’s parent.
Though parents are really working, doing a lot for their kids to have a bright future but it wont be enough to order them to do their homework, chores and other things, rather, do it with them.
Be positive in all you do before them and never tell them lies.
Take their minds away from sin by helping them know God early enough in life.
Remember that the future depends on the present.
Vince of I NEED TO KNOW, known to us as Ayoola Munis, thank you for sharing with me.