Hello everyone, this is my first post this month. A lot has been going on and I’m realizing that being consistent is not as easy as the word sounds.
Well, my guest today is Mr. Innocent Okichukwu and this interview is highly insightful. Read on.
EBUBE: CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT YOURSELF?
INNOCENT: Well, I am Innocent Okochikwu nicknamed Innycredible. I’m from Benue state, idoma by tribe. I’m a graduate of mass communication from Benue state university, I’m currently serving in Osun state. I like reading prose, playing basketball and making new friends. I write poetry mostly romance and short stories.
EBUBE: WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?
INNOCENT: Majorly life. I notice I feel things differently, I tend to put myself in every situation so I will become the story. Emotions are my pen and ink.
EBUBE: SO FAR, WHAT’S YOUR MAJOR PUBLICATION?
INNOCENT: I have some articles published at http://www.eDecentnews. an Australian blog, and I have also published poems and my ongoing book on http://www.ebonystory.com. for now, that’s all I have but I plan to strive for more.
EBUBE: WHAT ARE THE ISSUES YOU TEND TO ADDRESS WITH YOUR WRITING?
INNOCENT: The selfish ideology of we don’t need each other in life, to make the average believe that he/she is able of greatness because it is within them, and to correct the wrong stereotypes our culture and society has placed upon us.
EBUBE: WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE COLLECTIVE ROLE OF WRITERS IN OUR CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY?
INNOCENT: To be a voice. Not just any voice, but a peculiar one. One that is not biased and does not hold it’s criticism of what should be and it’s not. We are not just to publish an array of beautiful words, but we should be able to build beautiful individuals by our fictional characters.
EBUBE: WHO ARE THE WRITERS YOU CAN SAY INFLUENCED YOUR WRITING.
INNOCENT: Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Adichie, Myles Munroe, and largely my own thoughts and everybody I have met in life. They teach me a lesson.
EBUBE: LET US INTO YOUR WRITING PROCESS FOR A BIT, WHAT’S YOUR WRITING PROCESS LIKE? FROM THE CONCEPTION OF AN IDEA TO PUBLICATION OF YOUR STORY.
INNOCENT: It starts as you have said with an idea, then you have to build a story out of it. My favorite part is picking my characters, I study my friends, characters from other books, and match make them. I personally like writing in a narrative style. It’s a slow but befitting process but that is me giving you a glimpse. Maybe I could make you a character someday.
EBUBE: 😂 I’D LOVE THAT. WHAT INTRIGUES YOU ABOUT THE WORLD? AS A PERSON AND A CREATIVE WHAT MAKES YOU EXCITED TO BE AND EXIST?
INNOCENT: Wow, that’s deep. I will say, God. He is the master creator and he wants all his creation to be as beautiful as him. How? Through love, self development and knowledge to be and become.
EBUBE: SO FAR, HAVE YOU TAKEN TIME TO DEFINE WHAT SUCCESS WOULD MEAN TO YOU AT THE END OF THE DAY?
INNOCENT: Yea. Success is me being happy and remembered to have been of positive impact to the people I call my own.
EBUBE: WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT PUBLISHING IN NIGERIA?
INNOCENT: Well, it’s a known fact that Nigerian don’t read, so for me, it’s a struggling industry. We just use our passion to keep it alive.
EBUBE: SO HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU READ THIS YEAR? WHICH OF THEM REALLY STANDS OUT FOR YOU?
INNOCENT: Not less than 10 but could be more, can’t place a number on it. To the hilt by Francis Dick.
EBUBE: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY THAT MY QUESTION DIDN’T GIVE YOU A CHANCE TO SAY?
INNOCENT: And what I will say is people should not give up on each other, it’s the beauty of life.
EBUBE: Alright. INNOCENT, thank you so much for being my guest today.
You can reach him on social media via
Facebook: Godspower Innycredible John.
Facebook page: Diary of a melancholy.
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