Featured Writer for May is Obinwanne – I Like Realistic Characters

Featured Writer for May is Obinwanne – I Like Realistic Characters

Obinwanne writes on his Naijastories profile, “I wield a mighty sword and slay dragons in my real life. Sitting in the office and having meetings all day, that’s just an illusion created by Babylon to keep me in check…” and that already gives you a glimpse of his personality. Last month, his story Infatuation swept aside the gender curtain that tries to insist there is no love lost between couples in marriages. The post was shared widely on Facebook and Twitter by readers who loved the twist and now has over 850 views. You can read his other works HERE and it was our pleasure to find out more about Obinwanne in the following interview. Enjoy…

How do you feel being featured?

Wow! Seriously? I was half dreading the day this might happen because I actually don’t like the spotlight very much, but I told myself not to worry because why would they ever want to feature me? Guess I spoke too soon! Not that I don’t appreciate it, though, don’t get me wrong. 10,000 points! Soso mu?

OK, here goes.

When and why did you begin writing?
Started writing as a child, but never finished anything. There’re probably 10 or 15 unfinished novels from my childhood lying around my parents’ house. Why did I write? No idea, to be honest. I just did.

What inspired you to write Infatuation, and your writing in general?
Laughs. Infatuation. I’m still shocked by the number of views. Women and romance. Na wa o. I wrote it because the conventional wisdom in Nigeria seems to be that all men cheat and aren’t that attracted to their wives. I was begging to differ. Also, I was looking to comment on the fact that some men find natural hair more attractive than all that fake stuff; a fact that most women find very difficult to believe.

Which is your favorite genre?
Anything that rings true. I’m fond of Sci-fi, sha.

Do you have a specific writing style?
No. I just try to be as realistic as possible in the interactions between the characters. If a line in the conversation doesn’t sound to me like what the character would say or do in real life, I take it out or rewrite it.

Do you have a major theme that runs through most of your work?
All my characters have native names. And are mostly Igbo.

What books have most influenced your life and or writing, the most?
Basically everything I’ve ever read, from Enid Blyton to Cyprian Ekwensi.

What books are you reading now?
Voice of America by E. C. Osondu, Unfair Advantage by Robert T. Kiyosaki, and The Time Machine by H.G. Wells.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? What is it that really strikes you about their work?
I love some of the authors on Naijastories! Kaycee, Raymond, and Howudey, to name a few. Boys are not smiling! What strikes me? They’re bloody good, that’s what!

What are your current projects? Any goals for 2012?
Classified. Level 22. Joke. It’s all work-related, anyway. Nothing interesting, from a literary point of view.

Do you see writing as a career?
It’s more of a fantasy, to be honest. To write for a living. I’m not brave enough.

Can you share a little about your writing with us?
I’m already doing that! On Naijastories! The stories speak for themselves. I hope.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Finishing. That’s why short stories are like a life jacket to me.

Who is your favorite author? Do you have a writing mentor?
Changes every couple of months. There are a couple of African writers I’m quite fond of, but I suspect it’s them I like, not necessarily their work. Not to take anything away from their work…

No, I don’t have a mentor. Maybe someone at Naijastories would like to volunteer?

What do you think of the Nigerian publishing industry?
Don’t know much about it, to be honest. I’ve heard of Farafina. That’s about it. Sorry!

What comments do you have about the reading culture in the country?
I think it’s grossly underestimated. And misjudged. For example, most people looking at me would most likely assume I probably don’t read much, let alone write. And they’d be wrong, obviously.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
As per this Infatuation sef, who are you all?!! Where did all those views come from? In general, just… thanks for reading.

Answer the following

Ice cream or chocolate?
Most definitely ice cream. Can’t stand chocolate.

Football or Basketball?
Football for sure.

Ebook or paperbacks?
Ebook.

Salty or sweet?
Depends.

Beach or mountains?
Is this a trick question? Beach of course!

Phone call or textmessage?
Text. I’m an antisocial bastard.

Early bird or night owl?
Night owl. Nosferatu, in fact.

Dog or cat?
Dawg all the way.

Messy or neat?
Messy for two days, tidy on the third day. Then it all gets messy again. Vicious circle.

Heroes or Villains?
Depends on who’s judging, doesn’t it?

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58 thoughts on “Featured Writer for May is Obinwanne – I Like Realistic Characters” by Admin (@ogaoga)

  1. Avatar of lactoo
    lactoo (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Hahahaha. Obiwanne. Nice interview, but u dey write infatuation.

  2. Avatar of kaycee
    kaycee (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Congrats man.
    Interesting

    1. Avatar of obinwanne
      obinwanne (@): Newbie - 0 pts

      Thanks, @kaycee. Appreciate.

  3. Avatar of lactoo
    lactoo (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Vewi vewi intresting. But e no sweet reach your own oo @kaycee.

    1. Avatar of obinwanne
      obinwanne (@): Newbie - 0 pts

      @louis: Thanks, Bros. E no easy to come after that dude, man. Wetin I wan’ talk?

    2. Avatar of sambright
      sambright (@): Newbie - 0 pts

      @louis ahan…They are obviously two type of writers.

  4. Avatar of adaobiokwy
    adaobiokwy (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    I find you interesting already.
    Really nice interview!

    1. Avatar of obinwanne
      obinwanne (@): Newbie - 0 pts

      @adaobiokwy: Thank you! It was my 1st time! I swear!

      What do u mean that’s what they all say? ;-)

      1. Avatar of adaobiokwy
        adaobiokwy (@): Newbie - 0 pts

        where did that come from?

        1. Avatar of obinwanne
          obinwanne (@): Newbie - 0 pts

          @adaobiokwy: lol. I know. Forgive me, abeg. Wine…

  5. Avatar of Dozemaniac
    Dozemaniac (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Nice one… Maybe twould be my turn next month. :)

    1. Avatar of obinwanne
      obinwanne (@): Newbie - 0 pts

      @jamesndu: Yes o! Looking out for you in June…

  6. Avatar of Anzaa Msonter
    Anzaa Msonter (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Interesting and funny. I think every writer has a challenge about finishing.

    1. Avatar of obinwanne
      obinwanne (@): Newbie - 0 pts

      @sontel: Prof. I think say na only me, o.

      1. Avatar of Anzaa Msonter
        Anzaa Msonter (@): Newbie - 0 pts

        It is normal. Even at this stage, I have numerous unfinished stories that I doubt I’d ever revisit in this life. Maybe if I had been quick enough to publish them, I would have avoided this.

  7. Avatar of ablyguy
    ablyguy (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Dude idi ok. Shine on. The spotlight is for those that merit it. Congrats!

    1. Avatar of obinwanne
      obinwanne (@): Newbie - 0 pts

      @francis: Thank you, my brother.

  8. Avatar of Amor
    Amor (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Nice one bros.

    1. Avatar of obinwanne
      obinwanne (@): Newbie - 0 pts

      Thank you, @iykewifey.

  9. Avatar of osakwe
    osakwe (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    I thoroghly enjoyed reading that story, well done

    1. Avatar of obinwanne
      obinwanne (@): Newbie - 0 pts

      @osakwe: Dalu rinne.

  10. Avatar of Bubbllinna
    Bubbllinna (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Congrats Obi…Infatuation is a cool story…Guess it pays to be infatuated after all…hehe..
    Realistic interview too…Welldone..$ß

    1. Avatar of obinwanne
      obinwanne (@): Newbie - 0 pts

      @sibbylwhyte: Thanks so much! It does pay, apparently…

  11. Why do I like this interview?? Just sounds like the coolest I’ve seen here so far… Soso gi ekwa? If its too much, share it na…. And your answer for messy/neat sounds interesting.

    Congratulations man. Don’t stop writing.

    1. Avatar of teewah
      teewah (@): Newbie - 0 pts

      I agree wiv u @gooseberry… very cool interview.

    2. Avatar of obinwanne
      obinwanne (@): Newbie - 0 pts

      @gooseberry: Lol! Too much points? No such thing! The more you acquire, the more you want! See me that used to be nice and content with my 3000 points o…

      Dalu for your kind words, goosy. And thanks, @teewah.

  12. Avatar of ostar
    ostar (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    That thy ink from eternal god’s fountain runeth
    upon earth by the immortal feather of the
    Muse.

    Ostar

    1. Avatar of obinwanne
      obinwanne (@): Newbie - 0 pts

      OK. A poet, no doubt!

  13. Avatar of henry c.onyema
    henry c.onyema (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    good, pal. sassy as samba and a real source of images and dissimulation. translate: i lke writers and readers who are hip.WHICH U ARE!

    1. Avatar of obinwanne
      obinwanne (@): Newbie - 0 pts

      @ezeakwukwo: Dalu for the comment and for the translation! Jah bless!

  14. Avatar of henry c.onyema
    henry c.onyema (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Oops! i meant ‘i like…

  15. Avatar of Afronuts
    Afronuts (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Man! You can’t judge a writer by his hooded top!

    So this is the dude behind that lovely story! Serious Obinwanne, I like your simplicity and the obvious fact that you don’t take life too seriously.

    feeling you jare…keep writing and repping to the original!

    1. Avatar of obinwanne
      obinwanne (@): Newbie - 0 pts

      Lol. @Afronuts: Admin actually insisted on that hooded top picture. It’s my gmail avatar, and I’d even forgotten about it. But they saw it when I replied their email and said ‘We’re using this one, dude!’ I no fit shout, na.

      Thanks, Jare!

  16. Avatar of tadethompson
    tadethompson (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Great interview.
    I like your attitude to writing.

    1. Avatar of obinwanne
      obinwanne (@): Newbie - 0 pts

      Thank you, @tadethompson.

  17. Avatar of khadijahmuhammad
    khadijahmuhammad (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Do you like Obiwan in star wars?

    1. Avatar of obinwanne
      obinwanne (@): Newbie - 0 pts

      @khadijahmuhammad: Funnily enough a lot of oyibo people used to call me that. They thought my parents must have got the name from there. Can you imagine? Mtcheeew!

  18. Avatar of sambright
    sambright (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    One thing that stands out for me in this interview is d realistic mien of @obiwanne.VERY ORIGINAL

    1. Avatar of obinwanne
      obinwanne (@): Newbie - 0 pts

      My oga. I remain loyal. Thank you, @sambrightomo.

  19. Avatar of yejide kilanko
    yejide kilanko (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    I agree with your comment about that the reading culture in Nigeria is grossly underestimated and misjudged. All the best in your writing journey.

    1. Avatar of obinwanne
      obinwanne (@): Newbie - 0 pts

      Thank you, @yejide-kilanko. Is that your real name? Very cool name, if I may say so!

  20. Avatar of enoquin
    enoquin (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Nice one! You definitely don’t look like someone that reads or writes….Loved Infatuation joor….Well done

    1. Avatar of obinwanne
      obinwanne (@): Newbie - 0 pts

      @enoquin: Much appreciated! I know, right? Never judge a book…

  21. Avatar of Eletrika
    Eletrika (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Congratulations!
    You know you’ll make a very good writer. So finish up your works, you hear?

    1. Avatar of obinwanne
      obinwanne (@): Newbie - 0 pts

      @babyada: Madam Eletrika! Thank you very much, o! Now that I only bother with short stories, I tend to finish more. Maybe one day I’ll attempt a novel again. But that one ko easy!

  22. Avatar of khadijahmuhammad
    khadijahmuhammad (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Oyibos can be very funny.Lol.I don’t think people who read have a particular look.Naija people like to stereotype a lot.Do have a blessed day.

  23. Avatar of Raymond
    Raymond (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Well done bro….well done. U mentioned my name? Yippee!

    1. Avatar of obinwanne
      obinwanne (@): Newbie - 0 pts

      @raymond: “Give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s…” So dia4, I must give credit wherever credit is due! And in your case, I probably still owe you some more credit…

  24. Avatar of chemokopi
    chemokopi (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Congratulations! I like your down-to-earth views. Keep writing.

    1. Avatar of obinwanne
      obinwanne (@): Newbie - 0 pts

      @chemokopi: Thanks, man. I think I will.

  25. Avatar of Chimzorom
    Chimzorom (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    I love your simplistic approach to the questions… speaks well of you. Do finish your works; you’d definitely make a good writer.

    1. Avatar of obinwanne
      obinwanne (@): Newbie - 0 pts

      Thank you, @chimzorom.Glad to see it’s still OK to just be oneself…

  26. Avatar of weirdpile
    weirdpile (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Way to go @obinwanne

  27. Avatar of lactoo
    lactoo (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Hehehe. Hmmm

  28. Avatar of Sueddie Agema
    Sueddie Agema (@): Newbie - 0 pts

    Honestly if I had read this earlier, I would have been shocked at myself. @obinwanne, I love the short crispy response to each question. I believe that lesser you talk, the lesser you lie. Well, I am still trying to learn that lesson. Honestly. :)
    Congratulations on May. May more accolades crown your worth and more laurels your inky flow. Keep writing bro. Keep writing. Cheers, S’

    1. Avatar of obinwanne
      obinwanne (@): Newbie - 0 pts

      @sueddie: Thanks, Bruv. Funnily enough, one of the earliest things I clearly remember my dad ever saying to me was “If you have nothing important to say, say nothing. People will think you’re smarter than you actually are.”

      Must have stuck with me without me even realising…

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