I’M A DESCENDANT OF AMERICAN BLACK RETURNEES – JIMI KING
Jimi King is an artiste of note, who has been in fashion and arts business for over three decades. He is involved in several skills associated with designs and fashion, printing on shirts, drawings, sculpture and he newly delved into hospitality business with the opening of JK Nite Club, where artistes showcase their talents.
He admitted that it was easy for him to practice his profession because he has roots in the business of his parents. Jimi studied Fashion Design Education in England, he obtained a degree in Business Administration in San Francisco, California, he is a certified colon hygienic, a certified organic farmer, a certified living fruit lifestyle person, he also had certificates in many other areas of human endeavour due to his adventurous nature.
JK, who said that he never sees anything as a challenge as he said adventure is part of his profession, which means he must always engage in new things to avoid boredom. He disclosed that his works hasn’t really affected his business badly because when he was initially married, he discovered that marriage wasn’t supporting his ministry, he had to move on, but at present, he’s happy with his marriage because the woman in his life loves his works and that makes them fit into the same ministry, and said his woman appreciates him and allows him to exhibit his talents. JK has exhibited his works in many parts of the world; he has been to Japan, U.S.A, France, Ghana, South Africa, and Nigeria.
He revealed how his great-grandfather returned to Africa and settled in Sierra Leone, when Michael Gabbage repatriated blacks to Africa and declared that he later found his route to Nigeria. His father, he said, was a minister in the Church of the Lord, Aladura, and in the course of his missionary works in Sierra Leone, he met his mother and they got married, the rest, he said is now history. He said that he is a Nigerian, and that history caused blacks to return home from America after the slave era.
Jimi King said he cannot rate himself because there are many people out there that are better than him. “There is nothing I did that is directly from me, I am just a medium for God to reach the people,” he said. JK, who disagreed with the general notion that God is a man based on personal conviction, viewed Nigeria as a limited corporate organization managed by investors to earn profit, which is why it’s not enjoying the benefit of its natural endowment. He maintained that the situation in the country today has affected the entire orientation of Nigerians, but that one way or the other, people will keep contributing to propagate and support the younger generation to be creative and have opportunity to exhibit their natural endowment as he is doing.
JK said that the proposed concession of the National Arts Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos to private investors is not a bad idea. He said that artistes should focus more on the creative aspect of their business and allow people, who specialize in monuments management, to run the place and make it viable. He cited a case study of America, where you will find a 19-year-old medical doctor since they catch them young, and added that America places emphasis on professionalism.
He feels Nigeria should learn from the rest of the world and follow suit maintaining that this will help a lot, and said that many countries put round pegs in round holes, “so, if you an artiste, you will be an artiste,” he said.