While he’s no Dave McClure, Jason Njoku is quite prolific with the F and S words. Five minutes into our tete a tete at the Brazzerie during MWWA, I could swear the air around the lunch table where I was seated across him had turned blue.
Spend thirty minutes in Jason’s company, and you’ll likely become a veritable sailor. The people huddled around us, listening in on our interview didn’t see to mind though. All part of the fun for them, it was.
I wasn’t here for fun however. I was trying to get into the mind of by far the most controversial internetpreneur in the country. In Africa for good measure. A newly minted media mogul who is as annoying as he is rich.
So I asked him a number of questions. Like how is it that he can reconcile his stated desire to inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs with his notorious penchant for bashing them at the same time? And while he might have earned the right to gloat, are there any accepted boundaries of civility, after which it just becomes hubris? How can he revel in awe and resentment at the same time? And lastly, in case I missed it, why does he insist on being an infuriating douchebag?
20 minutes later, which is the length of our recorded conversation (lots more was said off the record), I still have no idea. Listen and see if you do. Jason owns up to everything, apologises for nothing, and if you don’t like him, well, *insert invective*. That’s just the way he is — the player that everyone hates, but whom they still got to admit knows how to play the game pretty damn well.
This interview is uncensored. The language ranges from PG to NSFW, depending on your level of sensibility to these things. Fortunately…or unfortunately…some of the crasser aspects of the conversation didn’t make it onto the tape. Like at the beginning where I asked if he was okay with people thinking him an asshole, to which he replied, deadpan – “I AM an asshole”.