We had a chat with one of the contestants from the just concluded BBN (Big Brother Nija 2017), he spoke to us concerning his love for Lagos and how the city has treated him. Lets hear TTT (Thin Tall Tony) give us a snippet on life in lagos, lasgidi….
1.Kindly tell us about you,work,your background and real name?
My name is Offiong Anthony Edet Bassey aka TTT, from Cross Rivers State Calabar, am a performer of the arts, i dance and do all things Art, i have been in the industry for more than 18years. I studied with PSW (performance studio workshop), i was also sponsored by UNESCO in 2005, to Austria for 5weeks and worked with a host of artiste from the likes of Christina Aguilerra and other African performers. Am totally in love with theater, though my last screen job was Tinsel.
2. Why entertainment and an entrepreneur not a desk job?
I think it flows naturally in the family. My grand-dad was a naval personnel and everything about music was just good for him. All through my school days i was a serious science student but, i just woke up one day and it was just straight down art (LAUGHS). I lived mostly with my grand parents.
3. The best moment of your life?
The best moment of my life is seeing my kids born. Experiencing life (SMILES).i have two kids a girl and a boy, Ella and Mason. I love them
4. What would you consider the worse moment of your life?
The worst moment of my life, hmmmmm..(Thinks) there is a lot because am used to disappointments, i just move on and never tell myself “NO” and look out for opportunities out there , i just say “ if There is a new day, there is life”.
5. How do you unwind?
How do i unwind? I am a game freak. Give me a Ps4( Play station 4) now i will just relax and stay there (LAUGHS HYSTERICALLY). I love music as well but, prefer games and dancing. Once i start dancing it gets me very creative and i start to do a lot of writing.
6. Your favorite hang out,in Lagos state?
My favorite hangout in Lagos? Well i can say everywhere because, everywhere in Lagos is a great spot. But, for me i will say TERRA CULTURE. This is because it has everything that i want. There is a theater if i want to watch a show, the food is fantastic and its a great meeting spot. Also i love the cinemas in Lagos, especially THE PALMS in Festac. I also love Dominoes Pizza too(LAUGHS).
7. Your favorite Lagos Delicacy and why?
Hmmm.…my favorite delicacy in Lagos? (THINKS FOR A WHILE), that’s serious food oh!!! Amala, i love Amala Shitta in surulere. I love Amala because that’s the point where we don’t respect ourselves (LAUGHS), when the soup is coming down the hand and it glides down smoothly.
7. You live in Lagos,which part of Lagos and why choose to stay there?
I was born in Lagos, in Ajegunle Apapa and i choose to live here. I have lived in practically most parts of Lagos city(STARTS TO MENTION A LONG LIST OF PLACES) Ajegunle,Badagry,Bariga,Ikotun,presently i live in Ikorodu. I have stayed in Ikeja,Surulere,Ejigbo,Cele,Lawanson,Agege,Ogba, am just a typical Lagos boy(LAUGHS)
8. What positive sides of Lagos can you highlight?
My positive sides of Lagos i can highlight is Kirikiri in Apapa. This is because, the people are still the way they are and the changes in the environment are great. Also, i love Ikorodu as well, the town is phenomenal. I can relate with these places.
9. Best hotel you have stayed in Lagos?
My best hotel in Lagos is the one i stayed in when i came out of the big brother house.its called “THE SUITE”, its located on the Lagos island. The place is cool.
10. Your vision for Lagos state,in the next 5 years?
My vision for Lagos in the next 5years, i would love to have my own production running. Also, to encourage dancers more, as currently i am running a project on that. Also, lets promote younger people and make them greater. It was one of the reason i went into the BIG BROTHER HOUSE. I went for the audition for 12years but was picked for this, after many other reasons.
11. Who is a lagosian,in your own words and definition?
A lagosian is someone who has got tolerance, who is very accommodating, a person who is always happy, someone who makes those moments you feel down become great moments and ready to listen to you, that’s my definition of a lagosian.
12. What areas,in development do you think the state Govt. Should work on?
Areas of development, i think the government should work on beautification, i have seen a few changes but wont want to say its because of the Lagos @ 50 celebration, that’s why the lovely artworks are been mounted, but i feel more beautification also they should improve the roads. Basically, let the government continues making the state greater.
13. Kindly tell us your best lagos quote( e.g. Eko o ni baje,Eko for show etc)?
Best Lagos quote? “Nothing dey Happen” but, then there is a new one now, “We die put” (LAUGH) that means we will do it a 100% and kill it.
14. Your Social Media handle?
My handles are-
On Facebook its “ Thin Tall Tony “
Istagram its @thintalltony
Twitter its @thintalltony