Lysious James Ogolo (Pronounced LI-shuhs OH-goh-loh), mononymously known as Lysious, is a Nigerian novelist, poet, actor, playwright, screenwriter, director, producer, singer-songwriter and entrepreneur.
Born on April 20, 1990 in Southern Nigeria, Lysious’ journey to the United States began with his dad moving to Washington, DC when Lysious was nine years old. This paved the way for Lysious, his mom and baby brother to relocate to DC, years later.
Lysious recounts his childhood as influenced by both Nigerian and American cultures. Hence, both cultures are heavily reflected in his works.
His first novel, Love Birds: Beyond Death was self-published in 2011 to mixed reviews. Lysious describes the novel as a learning experience and a reflection of his potential as a writer. Following the release of his first novel, Lysious spent several years developing plays and other theatrical/film projects in the DMV (DC, Maryland and Virginia).
Lysious received a mixture of both Nigerian and American education. He briefly attended Roosevelt STAY High School, Washington, DC, and the University of the District of Columbia before graduating from Howard University in 2015 with a degree in Radio, TV and Film.
He was co-host and producer of Good Morning Gospel on WHBC 96.3 HD3, Howard University’s Black Communicator, until his graduation in May of 2015.
In 2014, while still a student at Howard University, Lysious launched the production company, Conbeach Ideas with the motto: Be Entertained. Be Inspired.
In 2016, he starred in a McDonald’s commercial alongside radio legend, Donnie Simpson.
In 2018, Lysious wrote and directed his first short film, For The Howard Woman. The film is an adaption of the poem of the same name, which is a part of Love Notes: A Reflection On Love And Life-Lysious’ first poetry collection. The film was well-received for its celebration of the beauty and diversity of the Howard woman. It was also praised for being aimed at redefining beauty and breaking down stereotypic notions of beauty, especially that of the black woman.
Lysious currently resides in Hyattsville, a neighborhood in the Prince George’s County of Maryland.