When and why did you begin writing?
My writing voyage began some few years ago, precisely 2003.
Having discovered the kind of inward happiness I derive from writing essays and poetry I decided to make myself even happier by writing about virtually every issue that strikes my mind, be it secular, political, religious, fetish, etc.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I acknowledged myself a writer for the very first time as at 2007 when I won an essay writing award on the theme “Moral Decadence, The Role of the School, Church and the Home”. That was a turning point for me as a young aspiring writer. It dawned on me that I am blessed with writing skills.
More pronounced was Year 2010, when I won another award given by The Love Foundation, USA(www.thelovefoundation.com) for “Honorable Mention on Essay Writing on the topic “LOVE BEGINS WITH ME”
After then, I began to see myself as a would-be prolific writer. Before that period, I often take writing as a mere hobby.
What inspires you to write?
Inspiration comes from God Himself. Sometimes I wake up from a dream and start narrating my hurdle in stanzas (poems). More often, inspiration comes from deep thought about events, life’s ups and downs and seldom, nature.
Do you have a specific writing style?
Not Really? I love writing with dynamism.
Do you have a major theme that runs through most of your work?
Most of my work almost always has something to do with true Love or Lust’s consequences.
What books have most influenced your life most?
“Opposite Sex Attracts”, “Why you act the way you act”, “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”, The Mind”, “The enemy called Average”
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
What books are you reading now?
“Dark Forest”, “Battle Field of the Mind” “The Leader and the Damned”
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Momentarily, Emmanuella Ndunofit have not stopped amazing me with her works. Also our talented Xikay here on NaijaStories.
Aside Naija Stories, – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chris Ubani (The Virgin of Flames)
What are your current projects?
Currently building a group with some few talented individuals called “Love’s Den”. The group is focused on showing UNCONDITIONAL LOVE, helping teenagers in career choice and removing destitute from our streets, cities, country, etc.
We should be registering Love’s Den with the Corporate Affairs Commission soon.
As a Love Ambassador with The Love Foundation, USA, I am currently working with other Love Ambassadors here in Nigeria on spreading the frontiers of Love to communities, countries, etc.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, I strongly believe that my true fulfillment in life partly lies in writing.
Can you share a little about your writing with us?
My writing journey has improved over time. The inspiration comes, I write. The Imagination phase, I write. Writing to me is a tool for fulfillment, a tool to energize the genius in me. Over the years, I have taken writing as my food, my life, my all.
In all, I give thanks to God Almighty for His special inspiration bringing outward aspiration, giving real revelation of how this forms a premonition….Laughs….
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
My major hurdle now is trying my hand on Prose. Before now, I write majorly poems and often write essays on national issues. Generally, writing requires genuine commitment, lot of imagination, corrections, research, criticisms and goes beyond mere joining few sentences together.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Gabriel Okara. I adore his writing style for the reason that it cuts across individual, national and international issues. One of this is “Once upon a time” that describes why and how individuals change their reaction to life, issues differently. Wearing different faces to different issues.
What do you think of the Nigerian publishing industry?
From all indications, I foresee positive development in the Publishing industry. With the efforts of platforms like Naija Stories and other writing workshops, the sky is just the beginning.
What comments do you have about the reading culture in the country?
Our reading culture is gradually improving from what it used to be few year back where the advent of the internet was not as pronounced as this. Enlightenment and trainings by passionate individuals through the internet and off net on reading has slightly improved the poor reading culture of most young Nigerians.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Readers are Change Makers!.
To all my readers out there, I sincerely appreciate your constructive criticism that has helped me get this far. Continue reading and supporting me with words of encouragement, motivation and critiques.
I also want to thank my this ever-ready readers of my works: Bams Ade, Emmanuella Ndunofit and our humble President Seun Odukoya for their unflinching support both online and offline.
With your support, I can get there. Thank you so much.