Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

The award-win­ning Sea­son of Crim­son Blos­soms au­thor plans to keep do­ing what he loves: writ­ing

The Africa Report - - LIFESTYLE - In­ter­view by Em­manuel Ak­in­wotu

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.

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