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Oreka Godis

Actor, Producer and Writer
Member since 2020

Where are you based and who are you?

I am based in the city that raised Wizkid, inspires Tiwa Savage, propelled the Giant of Africa (Burna Boy), has been mentioned in the work of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Fela Anikulapo Kuti called home - Lagos, Nigeria. 

I first moved to Nigeria in 2009 to host ‘The Morning Rush’ - a challenging but fun five hour, breakfast show which was broadcast live, five days a week to millions of audience members. I have since worn several hats including creating documentaries, producing scripted drama and acting live on stage as the Lady in Yellow in a Nigerian adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s ‘For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf’. I love experimenting with mediums and finding more compelling ways to share immersive stories.

Tell us about your projects!

I am currently showrunning an Éwe Collective multilingual audio drama series. I haven’t come across a project quite like this before and I am excited to say the least, that I get the chance to see this through from concept to commissioning. 

Since joining AIR Media and thumbing through archives and attending as many workshops as I can, I have registered my own audio production company and am in the process of producing three of my first flagship shows. 

  • One of them is narration led in the style of ‘Nigerian American’ and ‘Snap Judgement’; 
  • one is like a Phoebe Waller Bridge’s ‘Fleabag’ meets Jesse Eisenberg’s ‘When You Finish Saving The World’ - in that it is an audio podcast made for people who enjoy theatre and miss having a night to journey through, say, an Inua Ellams play. 
  • The third is a documentary about the people of Ogori, whose language is on the endangered list. I’m a descendant of Ogori and with this podcast, I hope to create a time capsule of a language that I myself sadly do not speak. Through conversations with elders and events like the Ovia Osese Festival, I explore the land, her people, our culture, look at migration patterns, settlement, history and present day existence of what might one day be a forgotten people.

A piece of yours (in any medium!) that you would like to share?

As none of my current projects are publicly available to share at the moment, I leave you with https://www.orekagodis.com/podcast which features conversations with my friends of African descent as we navigate heritage, inheritance, childhood traumas and the archetypes of successful people.

What draws you to storytelling?

The absolutely limitless possibilities it presents and the thread it offers us to connect with others in spite of ourselves, as storytelling survives beyond genre, mediums, time, borders and beliefs.

What’s playing on your radio/audio streaming service right now?

KCRW’s ‘The Business’ with Kim Masters - the Channing Godfrey People’s and Neil Creque Williams on ‘Miss Juneteenth’ episode.

Hard-at-work-on-a-project snack of choice?

I’m not much of a snacker. When I’m really hard at work, I forget to eat. When I’m procrastinating, I make several pots of own blend spiced fruit teas.

What’s the most underrated tool (technical or not) that you use in your creative process?

Indulging myself in content I enjoy. Whether it’s ‘Have You Heard George's Podcast?’, ScreenRants’s ‘Pitch Meeting’ series on YouTube, Star Trek series (I recently went back to watch everything from TOS and am now on Se05Ep22 of Voyager) or Ally McBeal style dancing my way around my apartment as I clean, I find taking these breaks to be a happy audience member of something someone else has created always free me up from my own thoughts long enough for me to come back anew to whatever I was stuck on. 

What is something you want to see more of in the industry?

I’ve been watching with keen interest how SAG/ WGA East and other entities are reviewing ways to support podcast writers. As I enjoy stumbling on audio dramas from ‘Dem Times’ to ‘Moonface’, ‘My Name is Azed’ and ‘Centered’, I’d like to see more access to funding made available to individual/ independent producers so that even more talented people can (re)discover the power of world building for an audio loving audience.

Who is your radio/audio idol and why?

Aisha Tyler. Her Girl on Guy interviews with people like LL Cool J really helped me understand that it’s okay to fall out of love with where you are in your career. Sometimes, you need it even.

Anything you’d like to add?

This may sound super cheesy but joining AIR Media is truly one of the best decisions I made in 2020. I think it was Berry of ‘Podcasts in Color’s twitter timeline that brought AIR Media to my radar and from the first Zoom session I attended to date, I have remained very appreciative of the existence of AIR Media as a much needed resource to people like me who are largely self taught, often create in isolation and unsure how they fit into the larger ecosystem of audio content creators. This platform and now SoundPath by extension is very much appreciated.