I still have to find my personal utopia

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What do you see when you envision the future of the Belgian creative scene? For us, we see diverse, unique perspectives, representative of the world around us. That is exactly why we have been working on our 20-something issues since 2014. These editions feature 20 people in their (pre-)twenties who are a guide, an inspiration or an Earlybird for the young generation of today in Belgium. It is the greatest honour to step into the minds of some of the most innovative young people in Belgium; and learn about their dreams, fears, inspirations and even their celebrity crushes. This year’s list was co-curated with Kevin Kotahunyi, founder of Please Add Color.

Othi Berry   

he/him, 25, poet, writer, author and designer, Antwerp

What do we & our readers need to remember about you?

I’ve always bet on myself.   


What artists are you listening to?/Which records are you playing most right now?/What book are you currently reading?/Which film have you enjoyed lately?

Fally Ipupa and Koffi Olomidé  

100 by Fally Ipupa  

Petit Piment by Alain Mabanckou  

Love Jones  


What makes your heart go faster these days?

Love, and feelings.   


What are you doing daily at 9 pm/9 am?

At 9 am I’m at work and at 9 pm I’m writing, thinking or resting.  


What’s your personal utopia?

I still have to find it.



What brings you satisfaction?

Peace does that. 


How do you relax?

By watching a movie, reading and resting. 


What’s one of your sources of inspiration that may surprise people?

I’d say God.


What would you like to be doing in 10 years’ time?

Probably still writing and enjoying it.

What is the latest/future project you are working on?

I’d like to start writing blogs. 


What will the second part of 2022 bring you?

Joy and inspiration to create more. 




Who is the person that most influenced you throughout your development in life?

My big brother.


What is the most important thing you’ve learned lately?

To ask for help.


Is there anyone in your scene who needs more attention?

My granddad.


Comfort food/speciality dish?

I don’t have one.


Celebrity crush?

Halle Berry


Most irrational fear?/Most rational fear?

To get fat/Fear of heights 


If you were a cartoon character in a show, what would be your uniform?

I’d say Spiderman.



What were you like as a child?

Very open and joyful.


If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Time manipulation.


What’s the one thing you can’t live without?

The ability to pray.

If there was a book about your life, what would the title be?

Summer ‘96  


Biggest red flag?

Lack of consideration.


Biggest dream?

To perform in New York.


Favourite quote from a book/movie/show/song

‘He who says ‘impossible’ doesn't know belief, cause he who believes doesn't know impossibility’


How has it been to perform at Mamas open mic?

Life-changing experience.


What are you preparing for the Please Add Color exhibition?

Poems about togetherness and family hood.



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