INSIDEMAINLAND – Hermes, whose full names are Hermes Chibueze Iyele, was born and raised in Oworonshoki, Lagos, Mainland, Nigeria. He was raised alongside his two siblings by his mother, Gloria Isioma John.
Oworonshoki is a suburb in the Lagos Mainland, bordered by the popular community of Bariga and the more affluential Gbagada and Ifako Residential Estates. Oworonshoki is a choice for residents who want to live in proximity to Lagos Island as it is the last community before the Third Mainland Bridge.
The reality star is a professional dancer, model, basketballer and public speaker. Hermes, commonly called the basketballer in the community, has sparked quite an impressive influence in his hood.
INSIDEMAINLAND gathered five reasons the star is worshipped in the Oworonshoki community
1) He is multi-talented
As a creative, Hermes is involved in several artistic activities such as basketball, dance, music and arts. But Hermes is just doing it for his personal creative expression. Instead, he is keen to change the misconception about the Oworonshoki community and set more youths on the path of self-actualisation through creatives and sports. Therefore, he embarked on a personal journey of doing creative things by engaging with notable personalities in the industry, calling attention to his community and inspiring generations of creatives.
2) He revolutionalised the slum dance movement
Hermes is the co-curator of the SlumParty Initiative, a dance movement launched to teach kids in the slum the language of arts and give them a platform to express themselves.
3) He is passionate about investing in the community
As an indigence, Hermes is focused on grassroots development. Despite the financial constraint, he has helped with floating the SlumParty initiative and also engaged in several community projects.
4) He is the C.S.O
Hermes actively participated in fighting the security challenges that plagued Oworonshoki during the notorious One Million Boys Cult fiasco. He was the face of the community’s self-help, their chief security officer (CSO), daring the dreaded cult group to enter their community during the COVID-19 lockdown that saw these criminal elements evading helpless residents in their hundreds to commit violent crimes.
5) He is a freedom fighter
He was also one of the frontliners of the #EndSARS protests in and around Oworonshoki. Like most young people in the community, Hermes suffered serial harassment at the hands of SARS because of his crazy bohemian looks.