It was an absolute pleasure to have the opportunity to interview someone so pleasant, vibrant, and super fun! If you’re a big Youtube junkie like I am, you may have come across quite a few of her videos. A breath of fresh air wrapped in cotton candy, lol. Yes, indeed. I had soooo many questions and things I wanted to ask but for the sake of blog liberty, I tried to stick to the more “PLEASSSE share” topics lol. Enjoy!
Neosha: Peeks! We love you! What’s it like to be such a funcharacter and business maven? Bring us into your daily life of awesomeness!
Peeks: Lolgosh what an overwhelming compliment! Well as sooooon as I wake up I turn mycomputer on & get to work, we will be here all day if I go through everythingI do. But the overall is, promoting the mo-am site , client web & graphicwork, modeling, and occasionally TV presenting and answering emails & somuch more!
Neosha: Before we move along, many people still ask about yourbackground. What is it? Tell us more about your childhood, your parents, andyour Nigerian heritage.
Peeks: My dad is Nigerian. I was born in Glasgow (mum is Scottish with ginger hair) so Igot her freckles lol. I love & cook Nigerian food to keep my booty in checkhahaha. I make pepper soup, ground rice, jollof, meat anything. My childhood wasgood due to the fact I have a large family (im also a twin!) & was quiteactive, I was a sports champion, did art, & was an army cadet for a while.But we did suffer a lot of racial abuse at times as we were the only blackpeople where we lived and at school, but I choose to remember the good stuff.
Neosha: Where did the name “Peeks” come from?
Peeks: WellI was actually part of a girl band named Tommi, we were tomboys, but I alwaysrocked a baseball cap even from when I was young, so I got the nicknamepeekaboo cause I pulled the peak of thecap looooow, but then I shortened it to peeks which I like. I’ve had it so longits literally my real name now.
Neosha: You are a woman of many talents. How did you get yourstart in the entertainment industry with music and modeling to now? How didyour affiliation with MO-AM come about? Also, I know of the group TOMMI verywell, lol.
Peeks: Ohgosh! Lol yeah, I always wanted to be in a girlband that were hip hop/pop anddanced so God must have heard (thanks). My producer & now business partnerMr X found me through a friend. Mr X was actually in a boyband called Benz. Theywere amazing & I was a huge fan. Long story short, when I found out he wasputting a girlband together I couldn’t believe my luck when he chose me to bepart of it! We went to number 12 in the national charts, I shot many musicvideos. After the band ended, I carried on behind the scenes and taught myselfto do graphic & web design and also started presenting as Mr X does multimedia & working in this industry Istared to design cd covers, flyers, myspace layouts etc. When Mr X was doingvideo or photoshoots I would document with a behind the scenes camera and interviewpeople, then did more corporate events etc. Modeling I did various shots for myportfolo experimenting with different looks and due to Mr X’s amazing photographystyle I got a lot of opportunities to shoot for fashion brands like, Punky Fish, Apple Bottom Jeans, Baby Phat, Rockstedi, Pastry shoes etc. Its beenamazing.
Neosha: I absolutely love your blog. How do you and the team keep up to date with so much interesting material?
Peeks: Through veeeery haaaaard work. Reading, researching, listening etc. If there is something you want to do in life you have to dive right in to make an impact. Absorb all angles. We live and breathe what we do, and do it to the best we can or there is no point.
Neosha: Do you and the Tommi girls still hang out? Is the bond still there?
Peeks: I do see and chat to the girls from time to time, but as you know when your life takes you in different directions you have to really get on with it. We deffo catch up on facebook or an occasional visit & catch joke about old times ;]
Neosha: Is your current career one that you planned on or did youthink you would be on another career path?
Peeks: I don’t think I could have planned this but lucky for me each thing I have doneall works towards a common goal in the entertainment industry. They’re not polaropposites, but having said that I never wanted to be a solo artist and I use toget really nervous doing interviews, was shy, etc. So I still cant believe I’minterviewing celebrities, members of parliament, or doing a youtube channel, Isit back and think wooow!
Neosha: Time for the fun stuff. Give me one thing about you thatyour fans, colleagues, or blog readers might find hard to believe.
Peeks: I’mquite shy!
Neosha: I’m nosey. So, is there a special someone in your life? Ipromise I won’t tell, lol.
Peeks: Thereis a very special someone, you know who you are mwah!!! ;p
Neosha:When you think of your male celebrity crush, what favorite pair of heels do you see yourself wearing on your dream date and why?
Peeks: I don’t think I ever thought about that kind of dream hahah, eeerm now that I am dreaming, I guess it would be something elegant and strappy with diamonds, or Jeffrey Campbell Kylie heels.
Neosha: What’s it like to work with brands such as Dereon,Armani, London Fashion Week, and so forth? Have you ever gotten cold feet whengiven an opportunity?
Peeks: Ihaven’t gotten cold feet, I’ve gotten scared feet hahah. But that fear alwayskeeps me trying to do my best. Just practice & prepare as much as possibleis always my advice. Just because you’re scared doesn’t mean you cant do it!Don’t use fear as a way to always back out, as you never know what theopportunity could lead to, who’s watching or if you’ll ever get the chanceagain! Just go for it & learn.
Neosha: How do you balancebeing an entrepreneurial powerhouse and still remain so humble and exciting?What’s your secret?
Peeks: Yourso full of compliments *blushing * lol anyhoo, if you think you’re toogone then you start to slack, there’s no need to be a big head, I really don’tsee the point. The way I stay humble is I understand what it has taken for meto get to this point. A lot of sweat, tears and sacrifice, I’ve laid thefoundations so I can truly appreciate & understand what it means to bewhere I am. Also I didn’t do it alone, I have to majorly thank MR X & the team who’s been there to helpshape, guide and push me to be the person I am today. When you understand hardwork and that it takes a team effort you remain humble and grounded.
Neosha: Many ladies don’t know that you had to big chop aftergoing through some major hair damage. I love that you’re still in transitionand your hair looks amazing! I big chopped over a year ago and I can’t imaginehaving to do it for the same reason you had to. Give those ladies who arecontemplating on going natural or needing to cut off their hair on howtransitioning has helped you and how they can still feel beautiful.
Peeks: I actually have a couple of videos on my site or youtube/moamnetwork explainingabout my big chop & why I’m transitioning. I will say that you do have to beready for the journey cause there are times especially at the awkward inbetween stages where you feel you can’t do anything to make your hair look good,so I do say wigs, scarves & hair pieces are your friend. But do researchand keep encouraged cause its well worth it. I feel its now more versatile, Ican rock more hairstyles and men still find it attractive and so do I.
Neosha: Last tid bit, I promise, lol. Finish this explanation.”To be a woman means to be…
Peeks: “…a helpmeet! Genesis 1:18