A Boston native of Nigerian descent, Obina Nwankwo (“Obi”) reflects on being given a name that means “Daddy’s heart.” Born in Hyde Park, Boston, he specifically remembers moving to the suburbs of Canton where he was one of the few African American students in his school. In high school he excelled in academics and sports, but as competition grew around him, he recalls others trying to put him down for his success. When accepted to Boston College, classmates told him that the reason he got in was because of his race, and that the school needed to meet a “quota,” rather than attributing this opportunity to his athletic and academic excellence.
Attending BC on an academic scholarship, Obi studied Finance, Management, and Leadership while running track and managing his own business “Titanic Entertainment.” It wasn’t until after graduating college that Obi began growing his social media following, when he decided he wanted to pursue a career in acting and modeling. With no formal training, now 18 months post graduation, Obi is close to being signed on both coasts by acting and modeling agencies, while managing a business and growing an impressive social media following.
Obi has ambitions of going abroad one day, with South Africa in mind as one of his desired destinations. Obi believes in the power of manifestation and in the law of attraction and strives to form valuable connections with people everywhere that he goes. He aims to understand his greatness more and more each day and to live out his purpose. When asked how he approaches a new opportunity with such confidence despite not having years of formal training, Obi shared:
“The first thing with me was I’m going to make this person like me, and they might just ignore that I’m fairly new to the game. If they can see that I am a hard worker and will work ten times harder, then I believe I’m going to get signed and really have the thought of no ‘plan B.’ I don’t go into an audition thinking that I’m not going to get the role. I think that was one of the biggest humps for me—really believing in it and manifesting it.”
With a fierce, yet humble confidence in himself, he truly faces each new opportunity with no plan B, recalling advice given to him by an acting coach: Be yourself, and trust that that is enough. We are so excited to see what comes next for Obi.
To check out some of the items in Obi’s Souler store, click here!