Before then, what were you thinking of doing with your life? : All my life, even after discovering the author in myself, I always wanted to be a pioneer, set records and break them myself, be a teacher, since teachers played a huge role in my life. So being a teacher is what I always wanted as much as I wanted to stand on my own.
The single story of a rural child is a child who would grow to be a carpentar, farmer, fisher man or learn a trade. How did you manage to lead us to a different story? : Let's just say, my ambitions were or are beyond what people envision. Certain stereotypical perceptions shouldn't limit us, so personally, I hate being boxed in. What I'm trying to say is, I always had the urge to be different, stand out. To be exact, I wanted to do something that ignited the inner fire as much as it made me unique and be a pioneer.
Then, Ngi'Mel'Okuhler, what's it about? : It's a personal book bro. It's about my ambitions, about what I foresee in me cause. "Ngi'Mel'Okuhler means 'awaiting greatness' in the english language. So it's about my vision to say, and I put it all in a book of poems.
Talking about poems, in a world where a lot of interests are no longer in poetry, what propels you to still write poems? : It depends on the message to be fleed, if it needs a poem, I put it on metaphors and similes, give the message some taste and flow.
Don't you consider the readership the poem gets? : I do, the more the readership the more surety I get that one has heard or read the poem.
In essence, rap will never replace poetry? : Yes, it will never take over poetry, since poetry is intergrated in rap.
So, what exactly does the group do for the young writers and how do you do that? : The group finds writers in societies, bring them together, do shows for the poets and writers, get them published and their books are sold.
Does the group fund the publications? : Yes it does, currently we've been struggling with funding so we use other ways to make money like handcrafts and mentoring students.
Which writers do you look up to and why? : Nicholas Gordon, Mike Wells, Paulo Coelho & Chinua Achebe. They wrote and write what they feel and or felt and it leaves positive response on every reader. So, now I'm working on a book titled "The Recipe" inspired by the above mentioned authors.
What do you do to improve in your writing? : I read new books from new writers. And best selling authors.
What plans do you have for 2017? : I just wanna grow as a writer, grow my writers' group and create more networking around the world.
What is your advice for other aspiring writers especially those from the rural areas? : They just need to write what they believe is to write, tell their own different stories, we don't write the same way, so factually, they'll be unique. And they should never allow exploition in their goals and careers.