Tuesday, August 16, 2016


 Hey guys, welcome to the DvfstyleCollective... how are you all doing today? Hope you're all great.

So I saw Richard for the first time on Tv in Tonto Dikehs Sugar Rush music video and I just loved the character he played in it, after that I some how ran into his instagram and immediately followed him and I was excited when he followed me back, lol I didn't want to seem like a stalker or anything like that so I waited a real long while before I sent him a direct message and said hi and told him how I was a fan basically * laughs*. 

When we got talking and I told him that I was bragging to my cousin that a famous model (him) was following me back on instagram and he laughed abou it, after a while I told him about my blog and my interest in interviewing him and he welcomed the idea and now here we are. I am so honoured and excited to be able to share this amazing interview with you guys, I hope you all enjoy this as much as I did. Have a lovely read guys .

DVF: Welcome to the DvfStyleCollective, please tell me about yourself ?

Richard: My name is Agbashomere Richard, a Christian, a graduate of  Law from the University of Lagos and an entrepreneur inter alia, I'm an indigene of  Delta state, Nigeria. 

I'm a simple extraordinary guy who is set out on a mission to change lives and to give hope, it keeps me kicking daily.

DVF: That's wonderful, so you are model, tell me about how you became a model ? 

Richard: I started modelling in the university, did a few school pageantries and won some and then proceeded to do the Model Of Africa contest and was one of the finalists and that's basically how I launched out from one shoot to another, then to fashion events and it has been very exciting.

DVF: Model of Africa finalist that's awesome, was modelling always something you had passion for you or did your love for it grow over time?

Richard: It grew with time and it grew with knowledge, so the more I studied, practiced and then worked the sweeter it got, till it became an extension of myself

DVF: That's so cool, so has your family been supportive of your modelling career?

Richard: Ooh yes they have, they have always tried as much as possible to support my decisions academically and in my businesses and I appreciate them for that, it has given me room to grow and explore my God given potentials 

DVF: I love that, family support plays such a huge part in everything. So as far as your career goes who would you say you look up to as a mentor or an inspiration?

Richard: In all sincerity I don't get inspired by any of them, I can only get inspired by someone who I believe has gained mastery not only of their public lives but their private personalities and moralities as well, some celebrated people are just a bunch of different persons from what they portray to be in the society, so motivation is the word and Tyson Beckford does motivate me along with some other black models that have succeeded even in the face or racism. As regards to inspiration that comes from the Great King above 


DVF: That's quite refreshing to hear... so you're obviously very fit, how do you stay in such good shape?

Richard: The Gym my friend, the place I love to be

DVF: Oh!! There is love ... tell me about how this love for fitness came to be, was it as a result of modelling or has the passion for it always been there? 

Richard: I started working out from high school, I didn't know much about it back then but I tried my best as a teen then when I got into the university, I gained more knowledge on it, having a good body prompted me into modelling but while at it I realised there was yet much diamond underneath my earth and I started refining my gold

DVF: That's nice so tell me, how do you feel about the attention your body and looks get you? 


Richard: I have gotten very familiar with the attention and flirtations that comes along, I am quite an open minded person but my restrictions are clear and I don't break the principles I have set for myself. A king is admired by all or perhaps most but a king is not for all, I work with such guiding principles and I interact with people in such manners too

DVF: Yeah, you are so smart though *smiles*, i'm loving listening to you 

Richard: Thank you. i'm humbled

 DVF: You're most welcome, so you are very proud and open about your faith as a christian and your love for christianity, which is awesome, as a model do you sometimes find yourself in a situation that is conflicting with your faith or do you just go the extra mile and do whatever is required to get the job done.. like nude photography for example?  

Richard: Well... I won't deny my friends but none of them can die just to maintain our friendship if we had a conflict, so why should I be ashamed of my friend and brother Jesus... by the way after this interview I would return to my closet and face some other realities of life that only him can ensure I am victorious in.

I approach professionalism with morality, I have not yet found any big brands running series of adverts with nudity which means there are more jobs with you wearing your clothes on, so I focus on those ones moreover if a client asks me to send my body of work, I really don't see how sending him/ her a nude image would particularly sell my brand as a model... so in essence I can do my job professionally by just focusing on the kind of brands that need me with my clothes on like the banks, communications, some other brands that need the services of models and pay extensively well for it and don't need you without clothes to do their commercials ,the point is there are more jobs where you don't have to go these 'extra miles' so why should I bother.. there's no conflict, I am first a Christian then a model or what ever other businesses I have to attend to

DVF: That's quite an insight... so still on the topic, do you prefer working alone or working with other models?

Richard: I work fine in any condition but working with people is more interactive with interaction comes information hence knowledge and consequently more learning.

DVF: Yes very true, so are you under any agency?

Richard: None at the moment, i'm currently free lance

DVF: Are you looking to join any agency or do yo want to stay free lance ?

Richard: I am currently working on some other businesses so I might not even model anymore

DVF: What! You're willing to give up something you are naturally good at? In the world we live in today almost anything is possible so surely you can joggle both worlds

 Richard: I am set out for a life of leadership and wealth at a certain stage in my life which is nigh, there's a level of wealth modelling alone can not give me, I must diversify, widen my scope and delve into many different ventures, that time is now and I can't joggle because the vision is great, I must manage these ventures and leave some other opportunities for the younger ones, so perhaps having my own agency is one of these ventures.

So I have to stand back to lead and direct because I tell you, I am changing the course of history in every business I storm into and this interview would immortalize these particular words I have said today, so people would reference back to it that he once said this at so and so time

DVF: Well, well you really have it all figured out, I love someone with a vision. So you were in Tonto Dikehs Sugar Rush music video, tell me how that happened and what that whole experience was like for you?

Richard: It was just time and chance, clearly my steps were ordered, I can't detail how I got the job but I got it anyway, and on the same day I applied.

It was a beautiful experience, it wasn't my first time acting in a music video though but this one had me almost everywhere in the script and in my mind I was like, "a video all to myself and I don't have to pay for it'' *laughs* I felt really favoured, it had really amazing crew members, Moe Musa, the DB Records crew.

Richard On Set Of The Sugar Rush Video


It was lovely and I was very impressed with the outcome of the video, obviously Tonto Dikeh is a better actress than me especially with regards to her experience and exposure, at first it twitched me but the effect didn't last. I did my Job and I believe even you was impressed and so were others because for a while random persons would spot me and call me sugar crush, the guy in Tonto's video and some other funny inferences but I suppose that comes with working with amazing people like I did *smiles*


DVF: How cool, did you and Tonto Dikeh vibe well during the shoot?

Richard: Well that I can't say, i'm not much of a vibe kind of person.. I just did what was needed of me and ensured they got what they needed

DVF: Okay cool, so did being on the video open up any form of opportunities for you?

Richard: Well not particularly directly, but the good will from doing jobs like that some what indirectly influences some jobs that get given to me

DVF: Yeah, that's true, you mentioned that you have acted in other videos before which is that?

Richard: DJ Cuppy's 'I love my country' music video also directed by Moe Musa

DVF: That's lovely.. I sure will go check the video out... does acting maybe seem like something you would want to professionally go into?

Richard: There's a possibility, I have an open mind in that regard

DVF: That's nice... back to the Sugar Rush video for a little bit, when you were working on the Sugar Rush video, were you under pressure because you were working with such a big name in the Nigerian entertainment industry or are you the kind of guy who doesn't really get star struck

Richard: I was under pressure, not because of  her but because the time we had to shoot was an all night shoot and dawn was hurrying fast, I should admit I was star struck at first, but it seemed like every one was expecting me to faint though or something but when I was done K-switch particularly shook hands with me and jokingly said that I deserved an Oscar 

DVF: I also loved your performance, you just have to get into acting

Richard: Well am going to learn more then and also an opportunity has opened for me in theatre play, so i'm going to take it, there's much I can learn and do and then impart

DVF: That's awesome, there's always something up your sleeves that's great

Richard: Well we are mysteries to the world so what can I say.. i'm in the right team

DVF: Yes you are lol, so what would you like your legacy to be ?

Richard: Well i'm very much inspired by the life of Billy Graham, his legacy and the celebration of his achievements especially in his lifetime , with that being said,

"let it be said about me that no one came to him hungry and left hungry, no one came to him sad and left without a hope of happiness, that he touched lives wherever he went and never held back in giving to another. Let it be said that he blessed this world and was celebrated all through his lifetime as a man of integrity filled with God's love and his HolySpirit.

DVF: That's really cool... I wish you the best luck with everything, this was an amazing and insightful interview. Do you have any words of advice for aspiring models out there ?

Richard: It's a pleasure... An opportunity to share my new self with everyone *Smiles* ... to the upcoming models, your talent would bring you before kings and not mere men but there's a certain level of preparation you must engage in before kings can entertain you so be diligent (he who is faithful in little is faithful in much) research and learn an d study on this field and most of all pray to the father, with him all things are possible

DVF: Awesome tips

Richard: Very well, thanks for the interview and thanks for your time.

DVF: Noo, thank you, this was absolutely my pleasure.




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