Wisdom Clifford is a Model and Singer. Originally from Nigeria, Winston now resides in Houston, Texas, U.S.A, where he studies for his Masters in Technology Project Management and will be graduating shortly. He is someone that has many goals and works hard to achieve them. We had the chance to interview him about his career to date. Here's what he had to say...
Solstice: Tell us about your background. You are originally from Nigeria, but now live in Houston, Texas. How was it growing up in Nigeria? When did you move country? Do you like your new life in the U.S.A?
Wisdom: Growing up in Nigeria, music has always been part of me; I grew up singing in the choir and I always had a passion for it. I moved to the Houston in 2016 to pursue my masters degree and I started writing songs and making original music. I love Houston its very warm and welcoming and the weather doesn’t suck so much.
Solstice: How did you get into modelling?
Wisdom: A friend of mine invited me to an impromptu model calling and I got scouted by a designer. We worked on a couple of looks and they looked amazing, and he then insisted I kept on working with him
Solstice: Who have been your main fashion influences? Do you have a fashion idol that you look up to and model yourself on?
Wisdom: I am always inspired by icons that continue to rebrand and reinvent fashion over time and one of the biggest names to ever do it is Versace. Miss Donatello has always rebranded fashion in unimaginable ways. I also love African fashion icons like orange culture and J.t Otedola; they are My main fashion influences
Solstice: You’re obviously very proud of your African heritage. How is this influencing your work and life?
Wisdom: I grew up in Nigeria. It’s in my blood, everything I see, breathe, eat and am is afro forever, and even though I have been exposed to the world I still can’t but celebrate my heritage. I will always look at how I can infuse my African culture into the modern world of technology. A lot of African artisans like Orange culture, T.I Nathan have been using afro inspired material to create trans generational materials.
Solstice: What is your favourite photo shoot that you’ve worked on up to date?
Wisdom: I can’t say I have a favourite because that will be biased and I work with a lot of incredible creatives photographers, stylists and producers but I must say My most recent shoot has been my favourite so far. The afro inspiration took me back to my roots I sat in the sand had the wind in my back and was just surrounded by nature it was beautiful and the end result absolutely mind blowing.
Solstice: Is there any particular brand or person that you would like to work with and why?
I would love to work with Beyoncé. Her Ivy Park brand has been phenomenal and has revolutionised the athleisure market. I love athleisure because you can be casual and look sexy, cool and highly sophisticated and that’s what Beyonce stands for that crazy sexy cool and that’s why I love the brand. I did a couple of looks from her Ivy Park SS2020 and it looked amazing.
Solstice: In what ways would you like to see your modelling career evolve?
Wisdom: I never saw myself as a model initially I always wanted to sing but with the love and support I’ve gotten as a model, I plan to pursue a career abreast my music so as to give me an extra avenue I could always have my music played in campaigns I would love my music and face on a huge tom ford campaign and God willing I see myself there and evolving with the world and technology.
Solstice: You are also a singer, and recently had a no.1 hit song in Nigeria. What did that feel like? You must be so proud.
Wisdom: I really am proud of the work I’ve accomplished by the grace of God. Working with my team to promote the song was the hardest decision I’ve ever made and it tool woking day and night to create the music and promote and market it and seeing the love, acceptance and appreciation, I’m brought to tears sometimes.
Solstice: Where do you see yourself in 5 and 10 years time?
Wisdom: I see myself touring the world, winning a grammy and selling millions of records. On the front pages of magazines from New York to Tokyo, and becoming a global household name
Solstice: What advice do you have for any aspiring models/singers out there?
Wisdom: Don't quit no matter what. Remember why you started and continue until you reach your goals.
You can follow Wisdom on the following:
Instagram - @wisemanwiz_
Youtube & Soundcloud - Wisdom
Interview conducted by Jamie Joyce