Photography: Roëlton Thodé
T’aki mi ta Beba’s Oompie Stroopie on the microphone…
Perhaps it was not his initial intention, but Oompie Stroopie’s popular blog T’aki mi ta Beba, has grown into an alternative news platform. His most popular posts like the one about Gerrit Schotte, with over 16.000 unique visitors in a single day, followed by Mi muhe su kabei duru, the Resumen di Siman featuring Black Chyna and Ki dia mi ta hanja mi sen bek, all had over 10.000 views each. Oompie is quite the character and has a large fan base that reaches across the Atlantic Ocean. We’re sure many of you have wondered about the man behind the BLOG, our team at Go is happy to provide his account to you.
Why do you blog?
Blogging is my way of communicating to the world effectively. There is a lot of news and information out there that simply does not appeal to people. I use humour and metaphors to entice people to read, get interested in actualities and have a good laugh while they’re at it. Let it be known that I am not here to educate! My ultimate goal is for the reader to seek out the truth for him- or herself. We are a gullible folk when it comes to the media and are way too dependent on radio and TV for information. The problem with that is that we end up listening to a mikrofonista instead of journalists in the local media and the former only cares about being the first to relay a story, not the truth.
Are you aware of how powerful T’aki mi ta Beba has grown?
Yes, very much so, which is why I try to deal with it responsibly. “Mi no ta hasi mal uso di dje.” I know I can potentially brainwash my readers by imposing my views. I am aware that there are people who follow what I say blindly without questioning my arguments and for this very reason I avoid expressing my political views among other ticklish subjects.
You put a lot of people on the spot. How do you keep your own integrity?
Luckily, I live on Bonaire so it is easy for me to keep my distance. However, things are different when I am on Curaçao. I get recognized on the street, I often get asked to judge at events and receive invites to parties. I am smart enough to steer clear from that type of seductive “fame.” I am well aware that if I cave in, I might as well throw my credibility down the drain. This is not an option as I believe in living by my words.
Where is T’aki mi ta Beba heading?
I want T’aki mi ta Beba to be a platform where people can come together and engage in constructive discussions about different topics or learn to do so without getting overtly emotional. I want to keep stimulating people to read and inform themselves about actualities.
What should people know about you?
People should take into account that Oompie Stroopie is a character. He is a humorist, critical and dares to ask really tough questions. However, that person is not the real me. I like to spend my weekends fishing and I do not like to go out partying. I believe that life should not be wasted sleeping, otherwise a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity may pass you by. This is especially if you are broke or hungry, you can’t afford to sleep if you fall into one of these categories. You need to be awake to remedy your situation.
Any words of wisdom for the Go readers?
We live in a society where your accomplishments determine your future. Companies value someone who has a diploma and if you want to build a future on our island, you best get with the program. My advise is to have that paper so you can have a good head start. So make sure you’re settled before following your passion.
Who do you admire?
I like the Hip Hop Preacher, Eric Thomas. I consider him one of the best motivational speakers out there, because he stays close to reality. He is known for the quote “Pain is temporary! It may last for a minute, or an hour, or a day, or even a year. But eventually it will subside and something else will take it’s place. If I quit however, it will last forever…” I share this belief. People need to set their priorities straight and realize that it takes effort and sacrifice to make it in life.
By: Elizabeth Francisco