Abubakar Adam Ibrahim
The award-winning Season of Crimson Blossoms author plans to keep doing what he loves: writing
On your travels, what city stuck with you the most?
One of the most fascinating places I’ve been to is Cartagena in Colombia. It’s quaint and beautiful, it’s like it’s stuck in time. I’d love to go there again and write for some time.
What was the last book you read that really moved you?
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. It is such a deeply moving story in how it depicts Afghanistan before the war and then the crisis.
What job would you do if you weren’t a writer?
I was going to go to medical school before changing to mass communications so probably I would be a doctor. Funnily, my mum had high hopes that I would be a professional footballer, even though she’d never seen me play. Maybe if she had she’d have thought differently!
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I play video games, mainly Pro Evolution Soccer.
What are you and your friends discussing over dinner?
With my childhood friends, probably the silly things we did, the girls we dated, or more likely the ones we attempted to date but failed. With my writer friends, about development and social issues. I don’t like talking about politics as it frustrates me.
What inspires you or your writing?
The hope that several years from now someone might pick up my book and not be appalled by it! The idea of the future looking back and being able to understand how we lived through our literature.