This week on Photography of Thoughts, I spoke to Josh Infiniti to get a scoop of his life. Josh is among one of the most influential and talented students in the Ghana Institute of Journalism and the creative arts industry. He is also the vice president of the Ghana Institute of Journalism SRC.
Aba Radical: Josh Infinity good day and welcome to Photography of thoughts.
Josh: Thank you Aba Radical, I’m pleased to be here.
Aba Radical: What is your full name?
Josh: Agbenu Anoumou Joshua.
Aba Radical: What is your stage name?
Josh: Josh Infiniti.
Aba Radical: Apart from your full name and stage name, what else do others call you?
Aba Radical: Then I guess you must be a “shark” to be called by that, but why the name Josh Infiniti. How did it come about and what does it mean?
Josh: What’s the meaning of Joshua? Salvation…What’s the synonym for Infinity? Endless, So in other words, Endless Salvation. It all because God has done a lot in my life that marvels me.
Aba Radical: What tribe are you?
Josh: I’m a Fante and an Ewe
Aba Radical: What languages do you speak and how well do you speak them?
Josh: I speak English, French, Fante, Ewe and Ga.
Aba Radical: wow, I understand that you do a lot of things let me say in arts. What exactly are they please?
Josh: Spoken word/poetry, Write plays, novels, Act and rap.
Aba Radical: How did all of this start, was it from childhood that the realization was noticed?
Josh: The first play I acted was done when I was moving from primary one to primary two. 2004-2011 saw me participating massively in my church’s kid theatre. I played lead roles in all these plays.
Aba Radical: During the early weeks of GIJ 2017 1st semester, I saw a couple of images of you on some of the Ghanaian television stations. Tv Africa and then Metro TV on KSM’s show. How did that come about?
Josh: During my final year in SHS, I was picked with two others by the school to represent it in a poetry/spoken word event at the National Theatre and the German Embassy. We came out as first in the former and third in the latter. These platforms connected us to great names in the arts industry that they started calling us for programs after school. I didn’t relax! I started building the brand. The game had started. The winner and I now had series of interviews on a few TV stations and radio stations. A show that promoted arts on Pluzz FM later got me on. It was competitions that run for months. I was the only amateur battling with experts on that show. I kept building the audience, rehearsing, burning energy to deliver the best and at the end of it all, I came out second!
Aba Radical: Why did you choose to be diploma students over degree?
Josh: I had actually wanted to offer a degree program but my guardians proposed that I start with the diploma to toughen myself up before I move on to do a top up. After all, they did same in their time. (Laughs) “So it was a family distin”. But I do thank God for everything. He places our feet where they ought to be. Once you commit your plans to Him, be sure to have some of your own plans disposed. That’s not to say that the degree program is not tough but some people do not do a top up after the diploma and it’s only two years so the pressure in there is very serious. So they wanted me to feel that pressure and get two certificates as well (laughs).
Aba Radical: I understand. Now briefly describe how what you do occurred in the JHS and SHS. You attended presec- Presbyterian secondary school, right?
Josh: Yes I did. I was also active in school plays. I loved everything arts. I was a bookworm too and anytime I read a book, I looked for the protagonist and played that role in mind. My theater of imagination was too strong! Anytime I read a book, I wished I was the author. Anytime I watched a movie, I wished I was the protagonist. I wrote my first book somewhere in primary four. I put papers together, stapled them and wrote a story in it. My unending crave for loads of knowledge in books far above my level gave me the nickname Professor in primary and Junior High School. I was an intellectual threat to some of my teachers and equally intelligent mates. I was noted as the best writer in my Junior High School and any mark below excellent in any Composition test was no good. I started rapping in primary six, carried it on to JHS and Senior High School. All this while, I wrote poems too but only a few of my friends and tutors knew.
Aba Radical: Okay, on your free time what do you do?
Josh: I read, take a stroll, and imagine wild!
Aba Radical: Apart from what people know you to do, Is there something else you can do say play an instrument or music etc?
Josh: I can do a little something on the piano.
Aba Radical: Now that’s interesting and it also explains the background piano music in your recorded spoken word pieces. What is your inspiration and how does it help you?
Josh: Capital G, Capital O, Capital D. He’s the one. He grants man the ability, the insight and wisdom to do whatever he wishes to do. The limit God sets for me. These are the gifts God gave to me so I continue to get myself skilled in them. I always deliver my best when the need be.
Aba Radical: From what I see I must say that you are indeed a talented young man with respect to art but why GIJ perhaps you could have gone to NAFTI or something if you know what I mean.
Josh: Hahaha, Communication has always been part of my dreams and I believe GIJ was the best place for anything communication in Africa. That’s why I’m here.
Aba Radical: What kind of music do like, do and listen to?
Josh: One that inspires. If it’s anything music, then trust me, I do anything positive! I can rap in English, Twi and Fante I might choose to blend it with some Ewe and Ga.
Aba Radical: What is your philosophy in life?
Josh: “Wo hu aponkye aa, ma no makye fis3 wonnim daakye”. Greet a ‘goat’ when you see it because you never tomorrow. A musician once said this and it has become something I do say most of the time. It simply means be humble and respectful to everyone because you never know who might help you tomorrow.
Aba Radical: Can you name a few of the people in the art industry you know of?
Josh: Rhyme Sonny, Chief Moomen, Poetra Asantewaa, Uncle Ebo Whyte, Shirley Frimpong Manso
Aba Radical: What do you think of the works of Latif Abubarkar and Uncle Ebo White?
Josh: Talking of Latif and Uncle Ebo, I’d say they are really doing well and putting a great challenge to we the upcoming ones. They get us to understand that any work we bring out there should be very good if not excellent.
Aba Radical: How many plays have you featured in so far?
Josh: A lot and yet to feature in some very popular ones.
Aba Radical: What genre of book do you prefer?
Josh: I read everything but I do love crime and detective stories.
Aba Radical: Where do you see yourelf in the next few years say ten.
Aba Radical: I must say its being a pleasure speaking to you Josh Infiniti and it is my hope that you strive harder to get to that level God has planned for you. I wish we could continue but this is what time will allow us. Thank you so much for spending time with me on Photography of Thoughts and I shall make it another day.
Josh: You are very welcome. My doors are always open. Thanks for having me also. I’m grateful.
I hope you enjoyed the interview with josh a much a I did. To learn more about Josh Infinity, Contact him on :0544373025 / 0573141709
Facebook: Josh Infiniti.
These are some of the pieces of josh infinity feel free to click and read.
Inside the pants of a coffin
Sex and the atomic gas explosion
No virgins here
Inside the pants of a coffin
A “male banana” in a polythene
Skulls or roses?
Who “farted at akwaaba?
Who farted at akwaaba 2?
Abortion vrs masturbation
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