Singer/songwriter and composer Temitope Samantha Phil-Ebosie fondly known as Temi Dollface, is one of Nigeria’s emerging young talents making waves today with her quirky sense of style, humour and distinctive sound. Singing at an early age of 7 to signing a record deal with Sony at age 20, Temi Dollface’s music continues to garner significant recognition both in Africa and on the international scene as evidenced from her hit single Pata Pata. The artist also enjoys taking trips around the world for inspiration and for leiusure. Here, she tells us about some of her favourite travel destinations in Nigeria and Africa.
Where did you go on your first vacation without your parents?
The Ivory Coast, when I was in my early teens. There was adult supervision of course.
What is your most favourite travel destination in Nigeria and Africa and what did you like most about it?
Of the places I’ve been to in Nigeria, my favourite travel destination so far is cool mountainous Ire in Ekiti State. I liked its serenity, it’s a great place to write. My favourite travel destination in Africa, so far is Kenya. Anyone who knows me, knows I like contrasts and Kenya is like East Africa in microcosm. I love the contrast of the forests and open plains; the freshwater lakes and coral reefs; the hustle and bustle of Nairobi and the colourful tribal cultures. Seeing the beautiful wildlife was just breathtaking. And then there’s the Carnivore Restaurant that put a smile on this food adventurer’s face because, not only was the food great, but also, the waiters put on fun theatrical displays while serving.
What is the most remote place you’ve been to?
I remember visiting Ilha de Jaguanum in Brazil when I was younger. The island had stunning crescent beaches surrounded by palm trees and mountainous rainforests with lots of exotic birds.
What’s the best piece of travel advice you can give?
It’s as important to plan, as it is to be spontaneous while exploring a new travel destination. It’s more of the former and less of the latter, especially if you don’t have all the time in the world. Trip Advisor is your friend. Read reviews, make comparisons and ask friends who’ve been or have lived at your destination of choice, for the best spots. Spend time looking at the architecture.
What is that item you cannot travel without?
It would be hard to choose just one because several things I may leave behind can often be purchased or replaced while on holiday. However, I’d say my iPod, as I like to listen to my own music collection against new backdrops. I get inspired in new ways. I also like to walk around handsfree when on holiday, so my nap sack or bum bag is a must.