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21 QUESTIONS WITH MAVIN RECORDS FRESHMAN, POE

Some call him a rapper; others call him a lyricist. However you best describe him, artist, Poe is a man of many words, and he certainly has a way with them.

The musician has come a long way from the days of being a nominee at the Nigerian Music Video Awards and featuring on tracks by the greats, like M.I. These days, he’s calling the shots.

We met up with the rising star to chat about his “activation” into Africa’s leading record label, Mavin Records, the possibility of dating Victoria Kimani, and what it really feels like when he doesn’t have his signature hat on.

#1 What’s the hardest thing about working in entertainment?

Entertainment requires a single-minded focus most times, so falling out of touch with good friends for sometimes long periods of time can be hard.

#2 Is Don Jazzy as cool as everyone thinks?

Nah, he’s much cooler!

#3 What was your first thought when you officially became a part of Mavin Records?

“Now the hard work starts.”

#4 Which one celebrity guy’s wardrobe would you kill to have?

I don’t know about kill… but I’d probably knock someone out for Big Sean’s style!

#5 The one song no one would believe you have on your iPod is…?

I don’t have an iPod, but if I did it would probably be – ‘Hero’ by Enrique Iglesias. It’s a classic.

#6 The one TV series you take way to seriously is… ?

I don’t get attached to TV shows, but if you asked about films, I’d say The Matrix Trilogy.

#7 Football or hanging with the boys?

Hanging with the man dem… and talking about football!

#8 T-shirts or button-ups?

Definitely, t-shirts.

#9 Instagram stories or Snapchat?

Neither, but my publicist says these are necessary! Snapchat is more private… so yeah, maybe that.

#10 What’s your favourite chill-out thing to do?

Chilling with some of the friends I haven’t seen in a while. Or a watching a good film.

#11 If you weren’t an artist, what would be next best thing?

A monk. Peace and solitude sound very appealing! That, or a male model. Just kidding!

#12 Where is the most beautiful place you’ve ever visited?

It’s a tie between Cape Town and San Diego.

#13 Who would you rather date: Victoria Kimani or Chidinma?

Neither – but they’re both beautiful women!

#14 Would you rather: Have a full beard or a clean shave?

Clean shave.

#15 Can you cook?

It’s a prayer point! Join me in this!

#16 What’s the longest amount of time you’ve spent without your phone this week?

An hour!

#17 When was the last time you made a public appearance without your signature hat?

February – and it felt weird!

#18 Do you believe in The One?

Yeah. But I also believe you can have more than One (though, not at the same time).

#19 What’s your idea of a perfect proposal?

Something private… and something that reflects who she is and how I feel about her.

#20 How do you stay fit?

Got to fit in that gym time!

#21 Who is your celebrity BFF?

I don’t have one in particular, but if you know Poe you know I go way back with a few good men.