UNDER YOUR SPELL

Answers from Nico Adomako, Wana Limar, Willy Ndatira, Nina Schims, Hikmet Sugoer, and Maja Weyhe
 
Whether we’re enchanted by their words, music, or unparalleled sense of style, the tastemakers of today have a profound impact on their followers. SEEK asked six influencers about the forces that influence them — and how they deal with things out of their control.
 

 

HIKMET SUGOER / @HIKMETSUGOER

 
 

Who or what would you like to be able to influence — and which superpower would help you do so?

It should be part of our daily jobs to influence people with humanity, respect, tolerance, peace, and love. We do not need superpowers to do this. We are the superpower!


Who or what has influenced a decision you made recently?

Time — you cannot change time, but you can change the way you use it. This took a while for me to realise due to society's given structures, but now I am more focused on the important things in my life.


What in this world do you find magical?

It may sound romantic, but the magic of nature is one of the most important and fundamental things in the universe. Nature’s way of creating things is very magical. Its creativity and imagination are unbeatable.

A Berliner through and through, the city's sneaker king, Hikmet Sugoer, has worked up hot collaborations with brands such as New Balance, Asics, Reebok, and Adidas. He's also the force behind Sonra — a handcrafted, short-run shoe brand made in Germany. sonra.de

 
 
 

Nina Schims / @oh_its_china

 

Who or what would you like to be able to influence — and which superpower would help you do so?

In the current political sphere there are a few obvious candidates. I just checked Wikipedia — they actually list empathy as a superpower, so I think I’ll go for that. Teaching political and economic world leaders about compassion would hopefully make a difference.


Who or what has influenced a decision you made recently?

I’ve recently decided to take better care of my body, and subsequently, my mental health. I hadn’t really worked out in years and was eating junk food almost every day. While it wasn’t showing on the outside, earlier this year I had grown very anxious about my lifestyle and where it might lead. In hindsight, it's mind-blowing that I hadn’t made these changes to my life sooner, and in the process I have realised how much of my stress is self-induced.


Recently I’ve been spellbound by…

...sci-fi movies, old and new. I used to be so into them when I was a teenager and I’m now rediscovering a lot of my old interests. Going to the movies still gives me a childlike sense of pleasure.

Born in Cologne but a Berliner at heart, Nina Schims is the sales director for Refinery29. She launched her career working for Google and Titel Media, before landing at the media brand for smart, creative, and well-heeled women everywhere.

 

Wana Limar / @wanyewest040

Who or what has influenced a decision you made recently?

For the past four years or so I have been heavily influenced by quantum physicists like Werner Heisenberg and Hans Peter Dürr, and author and philosopher Eckhart Tolle. The latter influences me nearly every day regarding my ways of thinking and finding my inner balance in this hectic world. I start each day by meditating or listening to Tolle’s The Power of Now audio book in order to get a fresh, clear mind and reduce stress.


What in this world do you find magical?

I am always amazed by beautiful landscapes like in Iceland, New Zealand, and Canada. I love mountains, starry skies, and fresh air — they give me the chills and always remind me of how amazingly damn beautiful this planet is.


Recently I’ve been spellbound by…

...Jan Böhmermann’s Menschen Leben Tanzen Welt. It’s a satirical song basically spoofing the entire German pop industry. I listen to it every day, and its wackiness truly makes me happy.

Host, video producer, creative director, volunteer, and general do-it-all-er Wana Limar brings her charm and sense of humour to every project she works on, from editing videos for fashion shows to designing handbags for Liebeskind. wanalimar.de

 

 
 

Willy Ndatira / @williamcult

 
 

Who would you like to be able to influence, and why?

To be honest, I dislike the word and notion of “influencer.” I would rather call it a conversation on digital platforms. I do it through design, art projects, and collaborations with publications, brands, and artists. I have no wish to influence anybody — except maybe Trump! It’s better to spark ideas and inspire each other. Everybody has their own gift to give and I want to respect and enjoy that. I have no answers, only questions.


Who or what has influenced a decision you made recently?

With the speed and flow of information we are faced with on a daily basis, it’s best to strengthen and work with one’s own intuition and keep “thinking” and “logic” for execution and action. Moments of silence have been my greatest influence.


Recently I’ve been spellbound by…

…the work of Éliane Radigue.

Born in Bujumbura, Burundi, the creative director of Cult11AD, Willy Ndatira, now splits his time between London, Johannesburg, and Dubai. When he's not busy working, he's curating an eclectic collection of photos on Instagram. facebook.com/CULT11AD

 

 
 

Nico Adomako / @nicolasadomako

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Who or what would you like to be able to influence — and which superpower would help you do so?

I hope people see the inclusivity of what we do and apply it to whatever they do: in music, it doesn’t matter what your idea of gender or sexuality is, nor of religion or ethnicity — if you are good at something, that’s what counts. I guess the superpower you would need to achieve this is reason — by now I'm convinced it's a superpower, because a lot of people don't seem to have it.


What in this world do you find magical?

Seeing different people come together and connect over something they love. It’s really nice to know that there is this insanely supportive community all around the world that is willing to create something. Shout out to all the people that have let me crash on their couch and have taken the time to show me their favourite food spot etc. — that's magical.


Recently I’ve been spellbound by…

...people coming to our events or parties that friends organise for the love of it, rain or shine, in Berlin or beyond. To see this sense of community, that's what I'm constantly spellbound by.
 

As a Berlin-based DJ, Nico works within a variety of genres, from reggae to grime. Recently, he has been busy establishing his own show on Berlin Community Radio and throwing events with his friends under the names Einhundert and Paperwork. facebook.com/NicoAdomako

 

Maja Weyhe / @majawyh

Who would you like to be able to influence, and why?

I would love to influence more young people — to encourage them to explore more things, especially removed from trends. To go in any direction. To never stop broadening their minds. To keep evolving and challenging themselves.


Who or what has influenced a decision you made recently?

I saw this letter that Frank Sinatra wrote to George Michael in 1990. He told George to loosen up, and I found it to be one of the best pieces for me, personally — even though it was written for someone else.


What in this world do you find magical?

The commitment between two humans — it’s what life is all about.
 

Born and raised in Düsseldorf, Maja is known for her fashion blog that catalogues her effortlessly sleek, bohemian style. Currently, Maja is working on her own jewellery line. majawyh.com