The Interview Series: Ellen Ngohide Ukpi


What do you currently do as a job?
Currently a freelancer for social media services/ Media Strategist at TMB
As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?
LOL I wanted to be so many things I lost count! I was smart so I thought medicine will be the way, then I could speak and didn’t mind reading so I thought Law was the way, I was good at literature and my lecturer thought I will make a fine journalist. At some point I wanted to study glass technology. Truth is I have never had one lasting passion
Did primary school and secondary school shape your ideas about your dream job?
Hmmm in a way they did, I mean I was taught if I get good grades I will get juicy jobs and if I work at it I will grow through the ranks and live happily ever after. It also made some professions look much better than others making some professions the most clamoured after. So it shaped what a dream job was supposed to be, prestigious, recognized with a lot of money
At what point in time did you change your mind about that dream job?
I went into Uni to study a course I wasn’t particular knowledgeable about. I picked the course cause 1. The name sounded different and 2. I heard I didn’t have to do maths. Looking back now I realize I should have had some proper counselling before taking this course. Safe to assume I went through 4 years studying what I wasn’t excited about.
Why did you study what you studied in university? If you have a do over will you study the same course?
I already explained why I studied what I did. If I have a do over no I would not study the same thing I studied.
How did the ‘’reality of adulthood’’ affect your dreams?
Mennnnnn It was brutal! Lol this life isn’t a joke! It doesn’t play by any rules really. Its like you go in and figure it out as you go and this works differently for different people. I mean I still dream I never lost that ability but my dreams change now and then and am fine with that
Do you believe your dreams are still within your reach?
Yes totally I do. Except the one where I played international basketball lol that one is gone. Anyway I wanted it for fame and money so yeah was never going to work I guess
Are you fulfilled with your life? If “Yes”, how? If “No” why?
Yes I am, am happy with the person I am, the progress in my growth and the person I look forward to being. I don’t stop living in wonder of my abilities and me. Its amazing the different things we can do if only we try. So my how is trying; I don’t stop trying and am open to different opportunities
What are your hobbies? And does your current line of work give you time for them?
My hobbies are listening to music, reading and watching movies and I make time to do all these! Lol even in the midst of work when a girl has to listen to her jam she goes right ahead! I read to sleep or watch a movie (Bad habit) but yes I have time for my hobbies. I love to explore and travel and I still do that every now and then not as often because it costs money but not yet because I don’t have the time
Do you have any regrets? If “Yes”, what are they?
Nope regret is such a strong word. Every bad experience has taught me something positive so I love my mistakes flaws and all
Will you look back in the next ten years and be happy with how your decisions today have shaped your future?
Am hoping I will be. But if am not I will remember how happy I am currently and that should be enough

Do you have any fears for the future? If “Yes”, what are they?
Fears… another strong word but I fear ‘mediocre’ looking back and seeing that I performed below my abilities all my life ouch! That will hurt major! Especially if being mediocre means I remain broke! Ahhh we cant be broke forever!