Today i want you to meet Nigeria’s trending travel blogger Chiamaka Obuekwe in an exclusive interview with Analystconsult. Chiamaka is a Nigerian that hails from the south-eastern part, a social media expert, brand ambassador to notable brands and also a tourguide/travel-blogger. She is fondly being called by many different names by her friends and folks like Wakajugbe, Waka waka, Minister of enjoyment, WT(Wandering Tendency), Miss Chopping life and all sorts, whatever name you wish to call her you can also decide after reading this exciting exclusive interview she had with us.
Can we meet you?
My name is Chiamaka Obuekwe. An International relations graduate and happy Nigerian. I’m a travel blogger, tour guide and major adventure lover. I’m the Founder and CEO of Social Prefect, a Nigerian travel brand. I love travelling of course, meeting people, reading, dancing and discovering new places.
Can you let us know a little bit about your educational background and how you became a travel blogger?
Educational background? Ok, I attended St Gloria’s primary school Maryland, Ikeja, then went to Faith Academy Ota for my secondary education and studied International Relations at Covenant University. I became a travel blogger in 2015, purely out of passion. I was passionate about travelling and discovering new places, so I said why not share on a larger platform and that’s how my blog came about.
Couple of people have been hearing about social prefect, can you tell us who is Social Prefect and what is social prefect all about?
Social Prefect is both a personal brand and a corporate brand. Social Prefect (the personality) is an effervescent and bubbly lady who is passionate about travelling and exploring the world all around her. She is the adventurous, waka-about tour guide. She is passionate about telling positive stories about Nigeria, so she travels to different states to discover the beauty and she writes about them. Then, the brand Social Prefect is an integrated Nigerian travel company. Social Prefect tours is a series of curated group travel and tourism experiences, school excursions, corporate retreats within Nigeria and aimed for networking, leisure, education and entertainment and promoting African tourism. Social prefect is also an online publishing and travel content creation platform that reviews and documents interesting sites, attractions and destinations within Africa and also offers Tour-guide services.
You are perceived as a travel blogger, for you, like you mentioned earlier is this just an hobby or something you have always dreamt of doing?
It is a hobby to be honest. I never dreamt 5 years ago that I’ll be a travel blogger, but here I am today and very happy.
How have you been able to organize travels with quite a number people and still create a memorable experience, knowing humans are difficult to control?
If you could travel back in time to meet a historical figure, who would it be and why?
Which destination is your most memorable tour since you’ve started travelling?
Have you traveled outside the shores of Nigeria ? If Yes, what was the experience like?
Are there any social norms or practices you’ve encountered on your travels that you wish were normal in your native culture?
Not really, honestly most societies are the same and practice similar social norms. I have my own personal values and norms and I practice them regardless of what people think. Society discouraged me from being a tourguide/travel-blogger, but look where we are today. So, you see I do not follow the status quo. I love following the road not taken and leaving my own path.
What is one thing that is too large or impractical to travel with that you wish you could bring with you when you travel?
In your opinion, is there any value in making a distinction between tourist and traveler? Do you make this distinction, and if so which do you consider yourself?
Do you have any irrational fears that your travels have helped you overcome? How?
Tell us one belief that is held up by society as ‘common sense’ but that you think is ridiculous/silly/backward and why?
A lot of beliefs actually, I can’t even start listing them. All I have to say is that we have a lot of unlearning to do as a society in order to move forward; people need to be open-minded, read more and interact more with people outside their circle or class in order to think better.
Well I would not really call her a mentor, but I admire Zim Ugochukwu, Nigerian- American and CEO of Travel Noire. She is doing an amazing work with her company.