I met Nigel Twumasi, founder of comic book and fashion line Mayamada, during a UK tour last year. Nigel’s booth was packed with amazing art, and hip fashion. I didn’t know anything about his brand, but I had to have the dope SAMURAI beanie I saw there.
Fast forward, and Nigel and Mayamada are popping up at expos, fashion shows and more, sporting slick art and and fresh style. Peep the Q&A!
1. What are you nerding out on currently?
Not the most nerdy topic, but I am really getting into the autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr. I have it as an audiobook and it’s been a great listen so far.
2. What’s your most recent games played?
GTA V and the Batman Arkham series on the Xbox. I’m so far behind with my games!
3. What music is on your playlist?
From pop acts like Pharrell, but mostly older hip hop groups like Jurassic 5 and The Roots. I also have a bunch of old soul acts like Bobby Womack, Al Green and Aretha Franklin.
4. What do you do in your downtime?
Watching films with friends is great as it let me take a complete break from work as well as watching shows like the Daily Show and Colbert Report.
I also read a lot of fiction like Game of Thrones and write my own satire on my own website, Mostly Legit News Network. I took a break from it recently but am preparing to get back on it before the year is out.
5. Any past/present involvement in community activities you’d like to speak about?
Through my business, mayamada, I have been involved with local schools speaking about my business experience or getting student involved in creative projects.
6. What are you trying to learn to do right now?
Right now I’m trying to learn French. I’ve always liked the idea of being able to speak in another language plus I’m aiming to go to an exhibition in France for my business so it seemed like a logical thing to learn.
7. What should Nerdy People of Color get out of our website and collective?
They should get the sense that nerdy, geeky and creative pursuits aren’t only for a certain type of person, but for everyone with a talent or interest.
The collective should also inspire people looking to get into a particular creative or nerday area and encourage them to pursue it.
a) Movie? Pulp Fiction.
b) Food? Most things that end in the word “cake”.
c) Website? The Verge
9. What’s upcoming for you?
A new comic book call Samurai Chef I’m working on for my business. We create anime-inspired clothing and comics based on our own original characters and our latest title is almost ready for release.
10) Talk about a person or event who made you who you are today.
I can’t really point to one, but reading about the stories of entrepreneurs that I admire like Steve Jobs and Tony Hsieh have given me a better idea of what I want to do in my own life and better yet, shown it can be done.
If there’s any one person I’d say Johnny Cupcakes and his personal story of creating a successful business and brand have been very inspirational to me.
The Show Of Shows. I’m not big into hyperbole, so when I say that I just had the greatest weekend of my life, I mean it. Thanks to the NPCC’s resident wrestling superstar, Xavier Woods, I got a chance to hang out at Wrestlemania 31. Read all about it on The Nerds Of Color:
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What’s up NPC’s:
I just realized from an old Facebook post that last week was the one year anniversary of the beginnings of the NPCC. It started after some conversations at Nerdapalooza (RIP), and then grew.
In the past year we’ve done a lot of cool things, but we want to do even more in the next year and beyond. I’ve spent a lot of time on what I want the NPCC to be, and we’ve been working slowly, and deliberately towards our goals.
Even a year in, I get a lot of questions about the NPC Collective…mainly on what an NPC is, and mostly how to join. I have to say first off I appreciate the overwhelming amounts of support you guys give to the movement.
Next, I have to say that the NPC is not:
-a nerd rap crew
-about separation in ANY way.
We’re just a bunch of people who:
a) like nerdy things (video games, comics, math)
b) create things or bring people joy with the things they do
c) know what it’s like to be ostracized or have trouble fitting in.
So, with those descriptions, pretty much anyone can be an NPC, right?
Right now, to expand and fulfill the vision I have for the NPCC, we are in need of:
-blog posting (how to’s, stories etc)
If you are a person that does any of these things, hit us up and we’ll chat!
So as we blow out the candles for year one, I’m super excited about the future, and I need your help to get there!
Thank you for reading!