July Featured Member is Damivd – Nigerian Publishing Shows Amazing Promise

July Featured Member is Damivd – Nigerian Publishing Shows Amazing Promise

While she was still a relatively new member of the site, Damivd’s story I had a Girlfriend Once waded into that space of fiction that realistically mirrors life, and in so doing got everyone talking. The post was shared widely by readers who loved the comparison by a man of his two girlfriends and now has over 420 views and 61 comments. It was our pleasure to find out more about Damivd in the following interview. Enjoy…

When and why did you begin writing?

I’ve been writing since I was 6 or 7 years old. I have no idea why I started, I just did.

What inspired you to write I once Had a Girlfriend?

Even when someone isn’t the ‘quiet’ person, there’s a tendency for people to find something else when a relationship gets comfortable, and everyone ends up hurt.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I can’t say that I do or don’t. I just always try to write stuff I feel, when you don’ t believe what you’re writing about, it doesn’t feel real.

What books have most influenced your life and or writing, the most?

Truthfully, I read so many things and almost everything inspires me in one way or another.

What books are you reading now?

A memoir by Alison Taylor called ‘The Still Single Papers’

What are your current projects? Any goals for 2012?

I am currently writing a book and I just want to get it finished this year.

Do you see writing as a career?

I definitely hope that eventually, I can write for a living.

Can you share a little about your writing with us?

I can’t say I have a process or anything. Sometimes, I’m just overwhelmed by the desire to write something, so I do.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

It’s really hard to write when you don’t feel like.

Who is your favorite author? Do you have a writing mentor?

I love many authors. My writing mentor is Adaobi Nwaubani because she wrote her book in a month and it’s fantastic.

What do you think of the Nigerian publishing industry?

I think it shows amazing promise.

What comments do you have about the reading culture in the country?

I think Nigerians read a lot more than is average generally and it’s nice that there are more Nigerian writers, so readers can find something to relate to.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you for reading and commenting. I really appreciate it.


Answer the following

Ice cream or chocolate?  

Chocolate. I’m obsessed.

Football or Basketball?  

Neither. Sports don’t interest me unfortunately.

Ebook or paperbacks?  

Ebooks are so much more convenient.

Salty or sweet?


Beach or mountains? 


Phone call or textmessage?  

Text. I’m not a fan of talking on the phone.

Early bird or night owl?  

Bit of both. I tend to have more early mornings than late nights.

Dog or cat? 

Dog. Cats are a bit freaky, aren’t they?

Messy or neat?

Somewhere inbetween

Heroes or Villains?

I prefer characters more well rounded. No one is completely a hero or villain.

20 thoughts on “July Featured Member is Damivd – Nigerian Publishing Shows Amazing Promise” by Admin (@ogaoga)

  1. You still look 6 or 7 o. or is that a picture of your daughter?

  2. I enjoyed this…Congrats!

  3. Congratulations!!!

  4. Congratulations on your well deserved honor. Good luck with your book.
    …it’s quite relieving to see someone else who is obsessed with chocolates.

  5. @chimzorom…half the girls in the world are crazy bout that stuff..

    @kaycee…funny! She sure writes older.

    Congratulations Dami, i enjoyed that story…Welcome onboard…$ß.

  6. Congratulations.I am glad you made the personality of my birth month.Blessings.

    1. So, when are we cutting the cake @sambrightomo? You sha don tell us.

      1. sambright (@sambrightomo)

        LOL make we receive pay first/

  7. I know you will do it!

  8. The picture is poetic
    Hair plaited like octopus
    Or are eyes not dilating?
    Illuminating your mind
    From the sky’s sun…


  9. Congratulations Damivd! You are already looking like a diva. I see the sky unfolding like steps for u, just don’t stop.

  10. Congrats dear!

  11. sambright (@sambrightomo)

    CHAI I AM NOT FEELING NS AGAIN… SOMETHING IS SURE WRONG.Everybody seem to be saying something not written clearly here.congrats. bla bla.. that indepth analysis of personality of the month’s response isnt here.Wetin dey happen?..Perhaps because of the content of the discourse above.#Just a thought#

    1. ah someone finally says it out loud….i read this and thought ‘what on earth?’

  12. Congrats, Damivd! Not being on NS this long makes me feel like I’m losing touch with reality. Argghhh!!!

  13. Just read the winning story….simple but splendid , no wonder you won , well done and congratulations :)

  14. fantastic- great

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