Lillian Ahenkan / Flex Mami, DJ, Presenter & Writer
Easily the coolest person we know, Lil / Flex Mami is bit of a media all-rounder. She has the skills, passion and drive to turn her hand to all sorts, and we love the clear-headed confidence she brings with her. This is a real treat to read, and a downright delight to look at - that smile, those colours!
What do you do?
In short, I’m a slashie and a multidisclipinary milennial in media. In long, I’m a DJ, TV Presenter, Writer and Radio Host.
Do you have a maxim that you live and work by?
Most definitely! A maxim is conducive to success. My three favourite are:
* When you know better you do better.
* Strive for excess and understand the power of editing.
* In business, if someone says no to you – you’re talking to the wrong person.
What are the three milestones that have led you to where you stand?
* Becoming a real life creative corporate as Social/Digital Comms and Strategy Manager at 21
* Quitting the aforementioned “legit” job to pursue DJ-ing and TV Presenting full time
* That a-ha moment when I realised my skills have extreme worth and I can off them and still love my life.
What projects do you have in the pipeline?
I’m currently working on my own web-series with an esteemed digital publisher, which is probably the coolest thing I have done with my life to date. I’m also currently manifesting a digital interview series and a season jetsetting as an international tour DJ for a musician.
What is your dream project?
What I’m doing now, amplified to an international scale. That would be ideal.
What places are important to you?
My dwelling. It’s a sanctuary. A safe space. A place that is a direct reflection of me, based on the way I choose to be when I’m in it.
What is the best advice you’ve been given, or wish you had been told sooner?
Don’t fall in love with potential. When someone shows you who they are, believe them. Also, see my answer for question 2.
Do you have a supportive female network in your field? Was it always this way?
The support I’ve received from females is comparable to men. Both important, both extremely value and shouldn’t be ranked or rated by gender.
What is one facet of your field that you want to see change?
More candor, transparency and discourse. We’re all having the same conversations and developing the same, singular opinion because we’re trusting the same sources to educate us. I want people to ask themselves how certain topics/events really make them feel and why?
How can we find our more about your work?
You can catch me on MTV FB weekly chatting about music news, and on FBi Radio every Monday morning on Up For It for my segment called Your Best Self. It’s superficial life advice for time poor 20-somethings.
Who would you most like to answer these questions next?
Nayuka Gorrie. She’s a writer and an activist. Insanely intelligent. Her being encourages me to seek truth.
What’s something surprising about you, that we might not know?
I did Taekwondo as a child. I develop cyclical aversions to things on a semi-regular basis, for example, a one point in time I used to revel at the idea of going through a haunted house and felt no fear when I did. Now the thought leaves me shook.
Can you share a creative experience that you have found defining?
The process of discovering the theory behind the law of attraction, followed by the power of manifesting. It’s so simple to learn skills that are conducive to attracting nothing but the best for yourself. I highly recommend it.
What are you listening to, reading, watching of late, that is inspiring or entertaining you?
Listening to: SZA’s new album CTRL and my favourite podcast, The Read
Reading: Man Repeller, Start With Why, The Keys
Watching: Preacher, Game of Thrones, The Mindy Project and clothing hauls on Youtube
What do you want to be asked about that no one ever asks you?
My theory on the apocalypse.