Ola Kalejaye

Ola is a US–based writer and digital nomad. He loves thinking, learning, and writing about all things web3, particularly its impact on major creative industries like film and art.

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Artistry
Augmented by web3

Cameras, Culture, and Calcutta — Sammya Brata on immortalising culture on the blockchain

What started as a hobby for Indian-born Sammya Brata quickly developed into an integral part of his life. Now an award-winning photographer, he uses his craft to draw the extraordinary out of ordinary life in his hometown of Calcutta. He talks to Ola Kalejaye about finding his style, the difficulties of adopting NFTs in India, and the life lessons that have accompanied his artistic journey.

Communities
Built on web3

“Web3 is the platform that we've been waiting for” — Manouschka Guerrier on finding her lanes in Web3

Actress. Chef. Event Host. Web3 Advisor. Manouschka Guerrier has lived many professional lives. Having missed the boat to web2, she speaks to Ola Kalejaye about why she's diving deep into web3 and how she found her niche.

Artistry
Art

In pursuit of mastery: Adewale Mayowa’s journey from med school to visual artist

Most of Adewale's friends wanted to become doctors. So did he, for a while, until he went on a journey of exploration and found himself struggling to make art. He speaks to Ola Kalejaye about his early days, evolving from a "wack" artist into someone who sells, and why NFTs came at just the right time for him.

Communities
Augmented by web3

Plus NFTs: how corporates are adopting NFTs to drive employee-led innovation

Could NFTs and DAOs be the future of employee-led innovation? Plus Company thinks so. A global network of 25 creative agencies, the organisation is turning to NFTs to encourage cross-company collaboration and build the foundations for an innovation DAO, led by the network's most engaged employees.

Artistry
Art

From keystrokes to brush strokes — how NFTs “freed" Anthony Azekwoh

Anthony Azekwoh's first work as a creator was with words. But the writer never left canvas behind after being pushed into art by a broken laptop. He speaks to Ola Kalejaye about learning new skills for a new medium, presenting his work as his brand, and how the art community in Nigeria as been aided by NFTs.

Artistry
Art

“Art saved me in a really profound way” — culture, society, and femininity through the eyes of Tan-Tan

Tan-Tan is synthesising an entirely new style of art on web3. Indian-born and trained in the Flemish style, she speaks to Ola Kalejaye about overcoming imposter syndrome by developing her own style, how her feminism manifests in her art, and how an individual can change society.

Artistry
Art

“Crypto is the protest sign of the 21st century” — how blockchain provided a medium for Robness’ message

ROBNESS was one of the earliest artists to NFTs, but not everyone in the space would call him an artist. The self-proclaimed 'King of Trash Art' is the OG crypto provocateur, and he spoke Ola Kalejaye about what makes art, art, and why blockchain is the natural successor to Occupy Wall Street.

Communities
Augmented by web3

Welcome to the Commune.xyz — how DAOs are driving a renaissance of countercultural living

Mission-centric organisations are finding that DAOs can help them realise their vision. Ola Kalejaye explores the people creating the communes of the future.

Artistry
Music

“Web3 feels like you don’t need the industry” — how Ed Balloon is making a music career on his own terms

After forming his first band at the age of 10, Ed Balloon struggled to break through as a cross-genre musician. His is a story of how serendipity and moments of inspiration come to the persistent and the committed, and how web3 gave this Boston-born artist an opportunity to share his message that he's taking full advantage of.

Artistry
Art

“If this doesn't work, I'm going to forget about my art dream forever” — how web3 helped Foleee fall in love with drawing again

Foleee's natural talent helped him stand out in his youth, but over time, it gave way to career necessity. Speaking to Ola Kalejaye, Foleee explains how web3 helped him rediscover his love of drawing.

Today’s influence

“If you can build a token, if you can build a culture, then you can rebuild the world” — Mark Beylin

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