Once upon a time in the late 80s and early 90s, there was a young boy of Ghanaian descent growing up in North London. His dad had a camcorder which he used to film loads of family events. This young boy whose name was Kwesi was quite fascinated with this camera. He was fascinated with how it could be used to film people about the house and then the footage could be watched back afterwards. He was intrigued with how reality could be captured like that and then seen on TV. Being an avid watcher of all sorts of TV shows it wasn't long before he started wondering about the link between these awesome TV shows and the production processes that put them together.
Kwesi was also a comic book fanboy and general bookworm. From a young age his head was filled very quickly with all kinds of narrative plots and writing styles. It wasn't long before just reading these stories wasn't enough. He had to write his own too. Among his initial attempts at writing were his own comic book creations (which included the world's first ever Ghanaian superhero - that he knew off) and a couple of chapters of ideas for mystery novels.
|Some of Kwesi's influences growing up.|
|Africa. Kwesi descended from this continent.|
This had a large factor to play in his studying
Chemistry in university rather than Media.
Also during his time in university, Kwesi eventually discovered that even though he could work hard and get by in his Chemistry degree, pursuing a career in this field was not quite what he was cut out to do. Everything in him screamed 'MEDIA!'. He got so restless until he did something about it. He got himself a camera along with some editing software and gave himself many different projects to do. In time, his editing and directing mind started being sharpened. So set ablaze was he by this all, that everyone around him started noticing. He spoke, breathed, ate, drank and slept media production. Even those who didn't know what he studied thought he was studying Film Making. It was only after he would tell them it was Chemistry that they would step back in shock like 'Huh? Chemistry?!? Why on earth are you studying that? It's so clear media is what you are meant to do...'. By the time Kwesi graduated from university, he was already set on what his path was supposed to be.
|The 1st picture is what Kwesi used to do at uni. The 2nd picture is what he does now in video production. The 3rd is what he does as a spoken word artist. Please note, none of these pictures are actually of Kwesi himself.|
Not only had he grabbed hold of an notion, but the notion had grabbed a hold of him and it wouldn't let go. That notion was that more than just a hobby, these creative tools (video production and spoken word poetry) were given to him for a greater purpose. He believed that he was actually created and put here on earth to use these tools to better the world around him.
I don't know why I wrote that story in the 3rd person. I guess it makes me sound more cool...
Anyway, that's a summary of key moments in my life that got me to the point I'm at now. I'm Kwesi The Video Guy (a video director/editor) and Mr. K (a spoken word artist). I've been running in my lane for a few years now and there's more to come. This is just...the beginning.