LMK’s Diary: Memoirs of a Tush Magazine Staff

The first time I got in contact with Tush Magazine was immediately after the release of its third issue (3rd) issue, just as they were preparing for their fashion & music event tagged “Cinematainment 3“.

I got in touch with the Chief Editor to proffer some publicity services for the event, in exchange for some sort of recognition as was the modus operandi back then in 2012 for new bloggers like me. We met, got talking and came to a great conclusion on how both parties were going to benefit from each other and what not.  November came quickly amidst bants of publicity on our side and lots of recognition from the Tush Magazine team and I was satisfied my good was indeed “appreciated”. The event came through & I traveled all the way to take part in it and also, network with other like minds in the entertainment industry.

Fast forward few months later, I had probably lost touch with the Magazine when its fourth issue (4th) got released with the amazing Yemi Alade and Yung6ix gracing it’s cover pages and I was like “What the Bananas?? I thought these guys were gone with the wind??”. Well, I was wrong. Apparently T.M had just started their beautiful journey onto greatness.

Time went on and they hit us with the fifth issue (5th) featuring Skales and Seyi Shay on the cover pages and the animal in me got compelled to reach out to the Editor once more almost a year after the first time. A couple interviews and great conversations later and I got on the team; more like, decided to give it a try. To my surprise, I learnt through time that the sky was just a stepping stone for the Magazine as I was let in on the plans laid out for the company.

The Sixth issue came real quick and I had started to live in the stressful hazardous world of magazine producers. It was a real challenge getting articles & interviews done and ready, getting photographers, artistes and models together for shoots, and also getting Art directors & designers to understand what we wanted and producing results in no time. It was one of the most stressful Decembers of my life, but it is one of my favorite because I got the appalling opportunity to create content for a magazine that was steady gaining momentum in the entertainment Industry and Africa at large.

It got released by the end of December and amidst the New Year celebrations, we pushed harder than we ever thought we could. The Magazine got surprisingly featured on platforms we may not have been ordinarily featured on; my favorite part was “Tush Magazine” organically trending on Twitter NG. No, we didn’t pay parody account owners to tweet jokes and questions while hash-tagging us, we got all the engagements from Blogs and people who whole-heartedly supported us. Endia and Emma Nyra who were the faces of the sixth issue (6th issue) also trended on Twitter and it was indeed a win-win for everyone who put in time & efforts for that issue.

Fast forward one year later and T.M could boast of three new issues with features ranging from the likes of Ehis (MTV Base), Enzo, Moet Abebe, Sarz amongst others on the 7th issue. Dammy Krane, Di’ja, Sesan, Dj Frizzie took their spots on the 8th Issue; and Victoria Kimani, Cynthia Morgan, Tosyn Bucknor, Kemi Adetiba, Linda Ikeji and others were featured on the 9th issue which wrapped up the year and all these issues took us some more steps closer at realizing the goals and objectives of the company.

In all these while, I had risen from being a writer to becoming publicist for the magazine, and at the time, I was being considered for the position of an editorial consultant so I worked extremely hard in all of those months.

There was indeed an elevation as issues 8 & 9 were accompanied by online versions of the magazines, popularly known as E-magazines or digital magazines. This helped most of our readers get first hand views of the magazine without having to wait to get the hard copy version of the magazines. We were truly amazed by the thousands of downloads we got from both issues.

At long last, everyone was granted vacations; few months off the grid and the likes because we had a bigger dream of releasing excellent issues in 2015. We all needed to take breaks to rest and come up with creative and exciting ideas for the issues ahead. It was a pretty challenging period as many ideas were flunked while others were considered for trials. While all of these were going on, I got confirmed as the Editorial Consultant for the Magazine. Yes!!!!

Issue 10 - Praiz
Issue 10 – Praiz

In May, we returned with a special edition, a masterpiece, a magazine worthy of celebration as TM was marking its tenth issue (10th)! The amazing Praiz did a double take on our covers hence tagging the issue “Rich and Famous“. Goddess of Skillz, Suka Sounds, Pearl (Soundcity), Geoffery (P Fame 7.0 winner) and a host of others were also featured on the magazine. Everything about that issue was significant as can be (yea, we can brag about that). To cap it all, we had our usual event, “Meet & Greet”; a networking platform organized by Tush Kingdom Media to give both readers of the magazine to meet one on one with personalities featured on the magazine for pictures, autographs and of course drinks and meals. It was as awesome as should be because the location was pouring with excited fans and celebrities.

Issue 11 - D'banj x Banky W
Issue 11 – D’banj x Banky W

Few months later, expansion came with the months preceding it as we got a new office space and more contributors and employees got on the team. The most challenging days I got working for T.M came in August/September because the total idea of the Magazine was amazing! We had the amazing Ciroc boys of Nigeria do us the honor of covering the Magazine; Banky W & D’banj were plattered on the cover pages of issue 11, the beginning of a new era. Alongside these kings, we had Moe Musa, DJ Spinall, Zainab Balogun, Debola Williams, DJ Cuppy, Falz and others gracing the pages of this magazine.

It is with great honor that we present to you, TUSH MAGAZINE ISSUE 11.

 

ENJOY.

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