By Ogbonna Amadi, Entertainment Editor
She is petite andÂ beautiful. She walks with the kind of confidence that tells you she is not your regular street kind of lady.
The first thing that hits you when you make contact with her is the American accent. But she is quick to let you know that her twenty yearsâ€™ sojourn in the Uncle Samâ€™s country influenced her a lot.
A graduate of Mass Communication, Renny Akande, is back in the country to promote her companyâ€™s new product line.
Kilonshele , as she the CEO calls the company, is anÂ event promotion, marketing and ticket management outfit. This is her story:
What is Kilonshele . . .?
Kilonshele is a brand innovation in Nigeria, and itâ€™s the first of its kind. We are events promotion, marketing and ticket management company. So, wherever there is any thick event in town, whether comedy, sports or musical, we can help you get the ticket and deliver it at your door steps, if you wish.
You can go to www.kilonshele.com and buy your tickets and you can equally get information about the company and the way we operate. For example, The Experience is coming up soon. Though it is a free event, you can get into our website and get all the information you need.
How do you intend to get people aware of events?Â Â Â Right now, we are still a new company but our marketing team will handle that. But first, we are working on the psyche of Nigerians.
And since most Nigerians are scared of getting online with their credit cards,Â we are trying to see how we can break that fear for now. We also have ticket outlets where you can buy your tickets if you donâ€™t want to use your credit card. We can also send your ticket through your email address or via SMS to your phone. You can also pick it up at the event venue on the day of the show.
Do you have a membership base?
We donâ€™t have a membership base for now. But you will have to register before you can buy any ticket and when you do that, we send you an update of any event that is happening in and out of town. We are still targeting the membership thing which will be free for all.
How long have you been operating Kilonshele?
Weâ€™ve been on for quite some time now. But we were officially launched this October at the Silverbird Galleria.
Where is this whole idea coming?
Basically, someone tried to get a ticket sometime in the past at the Galleria, and the ticket was not available, and so they had to go to Eko Hotel, battling with the traffic and it wasnâ€™t there too. Imagine if there was a Kilonsele then, they wouldnâ€™t have passed through all that, you know.
This is not an advertising show.Â We basically want to make event tickets easily available to people. So, instead of queuingÂ and sitting in traffic for a long time just to get a ticket, you can stayÂ in your house, office, the car or any where you have internet access and we deliver it to you.
The event companies are basically in charge of packaging the event for you. But we are in interested inÂ making sure that you get your ticket without stress.
How do you get access to this event companies?
We have a contract with the event companies based on the number of tickets we sell
So, how much response are you getting from the public?
The response has been great and fantastic, and we are doing our best to reach out to corporate organizations. Right now, we have the backing of people like Mr. Guy Murray- Bruce (Silverbird group). We hope to get more peopleâ€™s confidence.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Renny (Morenike) Akande.Â I grew up in the United States of AmericaÂ and moved back to Nigeria in 2008 after getting married. I have a daughter who is a year old. And her name is Isabella, but she has several other Yoruba names.
How did you come about your accent? Are your parents Americans?
No. My parents are truly Nigerians but we moved to the United States of America when I was very young, and thatâ€™s how I got my accent. I lived in the US for about 20 years. Right now, Iâ€™m trying very hard to speak Yoruba little by little.
Because I did not grow up around too many Yorubas, even in the US, people say I sound like… wow! But I donâ€™t think thatâ€™s true. Iâ€™m only trying to sound correct.
What attracted you to your husband?
I donâ€™t know what attracted me to my husband and if thereâ€™s any special thing back then that I did, I canâ€™t remember. But what I know is that my husband is also a Yoruba who grew up in the United Kingdom.
He hated the American accent until he met me. My mum is Oshibodu and she is an Ijebu while my dad is from Abeokuta.
I studied in the United States and I have a degree in Mass Communication. Back there in a America,Â I worked with a radio station but had to quit my job to relocate to Nigeria.