Meet Miriam Agwai

Meet Miriam Agwai. Nigerian beauty and creative brilliance. She gives us her New York survival tips, her current songs on repeat, and tells us what she's up to in the city.

MIriam wandering through the streets in the west village

MIriam wandering through the streets in the west village

Where are you from?

I'm from Nigeria, I mainly grew up in Plateau State although my home state is Kaduna.

What brought you to New York?

My dad got a job in New York, so my parents and I moved here in my mid-teens (is mid-teens a thing? I'm making it a thing).

How long have you lived here?

13 years in New York state, 9 years in New York City.

What are you up to in the city?

I work freelance in production, and also shoot and edit short form videos. Right now, I'm partnering with a friend for a series of fashion films, and I'm working on a series of weekly short form interviews. I'm also trying to write 3 scripts and helping another friend develop another script. Also working on trying to sleep better, and be a regular human. 

What's your favorite neighborhood in New York and why? 

I really love the West Village because I feel like it's one of the few neighborhoods where I feel I'm constantly discovering new things: a street, a building. It's also a great neighborhood for people watching because you get a great cross section of different New Yorkers and out of towners.

Describe your perfect New York City day?

My perfect day in New York City would involve exploring a neighborhood with great architecture, finding a great book at a local bookstore, getting into a random yet insightful conversation with a stranger, and getting some good (and affordable) food with friends. 

Three survival rules for the city?

1.) PLEASE HAVE SPATIAL AWARENESS! You are not Destiny's Child, and this isn't a photoshoot. You need to move out of the way.

2.) Make sure you have good friends who know who you are, who want you to grow, and who will tell you when you're being a jerk (even if the person you're being a jerk to is yourself).

3.) Remind yourself that you are more than your hustle or any label.

Where do you go to grab a late night bite or drink?

I'm really partial to diners. Being able to have pancakes and a piƱa colada at 2:38AM is one of my favorite things in the world.

Where do you go when you need to get away from the hectic city?

I haven't been able to leave the city in a very long time (which has made me a touch ornery), but I like to visit family out west or in Chicago, and I love being able to leave the States and immerse myself in cultures that aren't mine or what I'm used to.

What's your favorite 80's cartoon?

She-ra and Voltron.

What are you currently listening to?

I still listen to "AM" by Arctic Monkeys. I'm currently revisiting Solange and getting into Chance The Rapper and throwing it back, I'm into Madonna and Janet Jackson. I like to settle into worship and gospel as well. I'm kind of a grandpa in that I like what I like.