Suc­cess is a process, not a des­ti­na­tion, says young poet

Daily Trust - - YOUTHVILLE -

What’s the story be­hind your rise in the cre­ative world?

Writ­ing started un­con­sciously for me, at sec­ondary school I wrote a lot of love letters for friends, still, I never took writ­ing se­ri­ous. At the low­est point of my teenage years, when I had is­sues aca­dem­i­cally, friends left me, fam­ily in­sulted me, my only refuge was to write, writ­ing be­came an av­enue to empty my heart, wipe away my pains and then mo­ti­vate my­self, af­ter pass­ing through this stage, it was time to use my writ­ing in given hope to oth­ers ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the same con­di­tion.

Read­ing a lot of news­pa­pers and lit­er­a­ture text dur­ing leisure time quickly up­graded my writ­ing skills, since I wasn’t writ­ing for my­self; the joy was to see my works pub­lished in news­pa­pers and on­line lit­er­ary blogs world­wide. I did get re­views both pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive. I even­tu­ally no­ticed my ink gets were my legs can’t, and made the needed dif­fer­ences.

What are the ba­sic traits re­quired to suc­ceed in

po­etry?

Artistes are born; it takes a lot of prac­tice and vi­brant read­ing to be made. One also needs to be care­ful on the kind of lit­er­a­ture we con­sume, be­cause ev­ery­thing a writer reads re­flects in his/her work.

To at­tain a new height, I try much to max­i­mize my ef­fi­ciency by the day, so most times I seek for knowl­edge on my own.

Do you con­sider your­self a suc­cess so far?

I think suc­cess is a process and not a des­ti­na­tion, so I don’t con­sider my­self to be one, but ev­ery Nige­rian/ African writer should have it in mind that the im­me­di­ate mar­ket doesn’t read (Africans). So, let us try to write in a uni­ver­sal lan­guage, not only by telling our al­ready com­mer­cially suc­cess sto­ries of (Slav­ery, Op­pres­sion and racism).

I would love to read African sto­ries with clar­ity on how we in­tend to pre­pare for our fu­ture to the un­der­stand­ing of gen­er­al­ity, also, to cre­ate plea­sure for mankind.

What projects are you cur­rently work­ing on?

I am se­ri­ously work­ing on a cam­pus news­pa­per, to give Nige­rian/African youth a com­mon voice and keep the youths in­volved in pol­i­tics with im­por­tance of ser­vice to hu­man­ity.

What is your ad­vice for youth, many who are still un­em­ployed?

Suc­cess starts from a pinch, there are no ex­press way to riches.

Let us em­brace agri­cul­ture as quick as pos­si­ble, since we are full of en­ergy. Ac­cord­ing to fa­ther Africa, Nel­son Man­dela, he said “Poverty is man­made”, which I strongly agree, and we must agree that half of poverty is lack of food. Im­me­di­ately we de­pend on agri­cul­ture, Africa wouldn’t be tagged a hun­gry con­ti­nent any­more. Look well, your chal­lenges are mir­a­cles in wait­ing.

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