It can be hard to forge a truly creative and original path these days. Many times, it can feel like everything’s been done and everything’s been said. What else is left to be done? Nothing right? Wrong! Just ask Fisayo. YouTube literally has countless of tech vloggers and visual storytellers but somehow, Mr. Fosudo was able to create a name for himself. This is where genuinely being a fan of a phenomenon and carrying out research before jumping into a venture comes into the mix. Way before Fisayo was rocking turtlenecks and doing comparison videos, he was just a fan of Youtube. He digested tech content on YouTube until he decided that he could do better. After enough research, consciously and unconsciously, F.F. decided he would make the type of videos he would like to consume and do so in his own style. This would find him saving up to buy the equipment he would need to do so, as well as consistently churning out top notch quality videos that would make him a ‘web-hold’ name. In less than a year, Fisayo has experienced exponential growth as a person and as a brand but this tech guy is no overnight sensation. We got to chat with Fisayo and get to know how he got to become one of Nigeria’s biggest YouTubers. Without #FodaAdu, meet Fisayo Fosudo, the Futuristic Visual Storyteller.
Fisayo compares TECNO Camon X vs Infinix Hot S3 on an episode of his YouTube show.
For the sake of our readers who are just hearing the name “Fisayo Fosudo”, kindly tell us “Who Is Fisayo Fosudo”?
Hey guys, it’s Fisayo here & I’m a tech video producer and visual storyteller.
How did you get into YouTubing? When did you start?
I’ve always imagined myself creating technology videos since I was 17. I uploaded my first, sort of test, video in May 2016. I got all my gear in November 2016 and made my first phone video review in April 2017. It’s been a little over a year since and I’ve had quite the experience.
YouTubing is something that has become more popular in recent time. How do you separate yourself from the crowd?
A lot of us try to explore technology in a certain way and style but I still feel we can do much better. I would say it’s the goal that counts with regards to this. I’m just trying to provide value for Africans and people all over the world who want to make a purchase decision for a piece of mobile tech.
There must be a number of challenges with being a consistent YouTuber in Nigeria, which is the most persistent and how do you tackle it?
The biggest challenge will have to be PHCN and all it means is that I just have to keep fueling the generator. Another challenge I face due to the nature of my work, is getting new devices to review consistently. Thankfully, I get to partner with certain brands to do honest reviews.
On the flip side, what’s the biggest perk of being a YouTuber in Nigeria?
For me, it’s providing value and the knowing that people can connect to the story I’m telling.
What’s the Nigerian YouTube community like? Have you ever collaborated on an episode with a fellow YouTuber?
Yes, I’ve collaborated with 3 YouTubers (AmazingKlef, KaganTech and The Delphinator). The community is quite small right now and we pretty much know each other. I can’t wait for what the next few years hold.
How do you get your creative juices flowing when you prepare to create an episode?
I watch other videos for inspiration, I listen to house music or select EDM tracks and I try to sketch something.
What do you think makes your work truly original?
To be honest, I haven’t really found THE style that I have in mind. That being said, I really appreciate producing and consuming quality content so I guess that’s it.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve done or accomplished as a YouTuber?
I think that would be having my video trend at 36/50 in YouTube Nigeria and 38/50 in YouTube Kenya.
Is YouTubing your 9 to 5? Is there a side hustle or if this your full time job?
It has slowly become my “main thing”. I still work as a designer but I’m exploring the world of visual storytelling through video.
How financially lucrative is being a YouTuber?
I think it’s just decent.
How do your parents feel about your “YouTube hustle”?
They are very supportive and I appreciate them for that.
In five years time, where will Fisayo Fosudo be?
It depends on a lot of things but I’m hoping for a lot of improvements.
Let’s talk about the turtleneck. What’s the story behind it? Is it an homage to Steve Jobs? How many do you have? Are you going to start a turtleneck line ?
I think Steve Jobs is one of the greatest men to contribute to innovation in technology. That being said, having one style of clothing is one-less decision to make and cuts down that time used to “get it right”. I currently have one for everyday of the week and I’ve been thinking of starting something like that.
If you could go back in time would you and if yes, when would you go to?
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Break down your catchphrase #FodaAdu, what does it mean and how did it start?
#FodaAdu was just a fun-mistake. It’s basically the way I pronounce ‘further ado’ but with a Yoruba accent. It caught-on on Instagram and has since become my official hashtag.
What would you like to tell all the up and coming Fisayo Fosudos out there?
Don’t try to “compete” with the best but rather, be different and offer a unique perspective. I think we should all try to read books once in a while. We don’t want to be the proverbial African who they can hide stuff for in these pages.
Finally, did you hear Yanny or Laurel?
I hear covfefe.