Mary Okeke Reviews is one of my favorite literary blogs out there. Its creator Mary Okeke recently began the Blogger Spotlight series on her blog and yesterday she featured me! It's a really good interview and I'm grateful to Mary for the feature. Head over to Mary Okeke Reviews to find out more about me and my blog Incessant Scribble. Enjoy!
I began reading Achebe when I was a child. Long before I had any idea who he really was and what he represents to Nigerians and readers worldwide. We had this old carton box filled with children's books including my first Achebe books, "The Drum" and "The Flute", both of which I read many times over. Chinua Achebe is inspiring. He's incomparable. A true master of his craft. [Photo: Frank May/AFP/Getty Images]
For a long time back when I was younger I'm embarrassed to admit that I assumed this author was a woman. I never bothered to check. Sheldon's books and it's strong female protagonists were just soo good it never crossed my mind that a man could write it. When I did discover Sidney was a "he" it made me an even bigger fan. Sheldon's witty, strong willed, smart heroines are an engaging read. His death is a huge loss. [Photo: Tim Boyle/Getty Images]
Joanne Kathleen Rowling
I can't even explain how much the Harry Potter series mean to me. Anyone who knows me has heard me gush about Rowling's Harry Potter books over and over and over again. I don't think she gets enough credit for what she has done for literature or for the mind-blowing talent it takes to create an entirely different world. The Harry Potter books were my first literary obsession. [Photo: Scholastic]
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I still have the newspaper clippings from the July 11, 2004 Sunday Edition of the Nigerian Guardian that I cut out when I first saw Adichie's interview for her debut novel "Purple Hibiscus". I finally got to read "Purple Hibiscus" in 2007 and I finished reading it on the University of Nigeria Shuttle bus headed back to the Nsukka campus from Enugu. I sat in that bus quietly after I had finished reading it, deeply moved by everything I had read and in awe of Adichie. In 2008, my friends (Onyeka Nwelue & Eromo Egbejule) and I walked around the University of Nigeria Nsukka campus searching for the house she and Chinua Achebe once lived in. We found it and we all wrote about our experience individually (for my version of the trip search this blog for "305 Marguerite Cartwright Avenue, University of Nigeria Nsukka"). Adichie represents many things to me. She's incredibly gifted and tremendously inspiring. I could go on and on about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I'm a really big fan. [Photo: Kachifo Limited]
I was born in Lagos, Nigeria in the late 1980's. I've been passionate about books since I was a kid and later on I became equally passionate about writing my own stories. Incessant Scribble is an African literary blog I created in March 2008. It's where I review African literature, interview African authors and share my own short stories and writings.
I immigrated to America in March 2009 and bagged my Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Texas A&M in May 2016. I've got two more years before I turn thirty. Two more years to try and accomplish the literary goals I've always hoped would be checked off by that time.
"Also, [Nigerians] have a different mentality. Once someone deviates from the 'Go to School - Get a Job - Get a Family' model, he is seen as a delusional fool who is certain to fail and is discouraged at every turn. How is one supposed to make art under such conditions?" - Onyeka Nwelue
"I don't speak to provoke. I speak because I think our time on earth is short and each moment that we are not our truest selves, each moment we pretend to be what we are not, each moment we say what we do not mean because we imagine that is what somebody wants us to say, then we are wasting our time on earth." - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
"It is precisely because there are so few novels by African writers in global circulation that we ask those novels to do too much. No one novelist can bear the burden of representing a continent and no one novel should have to." - Taiye Selasi