MentorFactor Interview: Samuel Akinola

May 22nd, 2020

MentorFactor Interview: Samuel Akinola

May 22nd, 2020

Each year the National Union of Students in Hungary (HÖOK) organizes a talent competition called MentorFactor. Samuel Akinola talks about his experiences on stage and in the Stipendium Hungaricum Programme.

MentorFactor is one of the most exciting SH events of the year. What made you enter the competition in 2020 and what would you say is your “special talent”?

A friend made me enter, I remember being mentioned under the post calling for auditions sometimes in December. I initially forgot about it because I had concerts lined up and I was busy with rehearsals, but my friend did not give up haha, I finally submitted the video clip at the deadline. I would say my special talent is ability to serenade people.

What was it like being on the stage and what did you take away from the experience?

Although that was not my first time on the stage, it felt a little bit different. It was more fun participating alongside other talented and amazing people. Most of the time I am always on the stage performing for the people but watching people perform was a new thing, I enjoyed every bit of it and I added some new dance steps to my “library”.

How do you like it here in Hungary and what does the StipendiumHungaricum Scholarship Programme mean to you?

Studying and living here has been so fulfilling and satisfying for me. Getting to meet people from different backgrounds and learn from their cultures is something I cherish a lot, and this has been made possible by studying here. The scholarship program means a lot to me, it has been instrumental in my development as a nurse and an artiste. I am forever grateful to the Hungarian government for this.

Tell us about some of the highlights of the MentorFactor 2020. Would you recommend fellow SH students to participate next year? If so, why?

The moments the audience screamed when I was called upon as the winner of the competition and when I received a gift from one of the students. It was amazing to be honest and I will recommend SH students to participate next year. Why would you want to sit at home doing nothing when you can meet people and have fun at an event like that? You sure need to be there next year.