For the next nine weeks, the trio of Eltee Skhillz (Olowu Taiwo), Liya (Abdusalam Suliyat), and Rexxie (Ezeh Chioma) will take viewers across Africa on their monumental journey to stardom in the second season of ‘Inside Life,’ a series that received rave reviews for its showcase of Erica Nlewedim in its debut season.
With the pilot episode aired yesterday, it provides insight into the creative process of each artiste, summarising their daily routine, as well as introducing viewers to their close-knit circle. Skhillz is a family-oriented individual who believes in ‘keeping the money in the family.’ Liya, on the other hand, maintains a fairly private life that also accommodates close friends, while Rexxie’s reserved but affable nature positions him to attract company from far and wide.
Originally planned to showcase one personality per season, the second season tagged ‘New Wave’ presents a new twist that accommodates more personalities to shine at the same time, as explained by Channels Head, Paramount Africa, Busola Komolafe:
Aside from showcasing their glamorous lifestyle, the series maintains its skin-deep approach of exploring vulnerabilities, ones often associated with their ascent to fame and the struggles of sustaining the momentum.
“I take mental health very seriously,” the ‘Melo’ singer said, explaining the pressure—mostly from internet denizens—that accompanied the expectations for her career trajectory after breaking into the limelight.
She continued: “I feel mental health is overrated, especially in Africa, Nigeria. I feel it can make or break you as a person, so you want to guard it like your life depends on it.
Losing his mom, Henrietta Kosoko, to diabetes in 2016, Skhillz revealed his emotional response during the private screening of the pilot episode. Seeing his mom’s pictures reeled in, he expressed a poignant moment, wishing she could witness his current level of success. This experience has inspired him to help others facing similar challenges.
“My mom died of stage 4 diabetes. We (including twin brother, sister, and younger brother) are looking to help people who are going through the same process. We are creating a platform whereby we would be able.to build a foundation for them.”
Accustomed to making moves behind the scenes in his role as producer, the two-time Grammy recognised hitmaker on Burna Boy’s ‘Twice as Tall,’ and Angelique Kidjo’s ‘Mother Nature,’ Rexxie revealed his hesitancy to open up on set during the principal photography.
‘Inside Life’ airs on Saturdays on MTV Base.