Here’s a fun interview with Amaka Chukwudifu.
Hello, Talent Castle came across your poem, and would like to feature your work, but before we do, we would like to know more about you and what inspired you to write. Let’s jump right in by asking you, what is your name, nationality and tribe?
Hello, my name is Amaka Chukwudifu. I’m a Nigerian from Oshimilli North, Delta State. I’m igbo.
Where are you based currently?
I’m currently based in Lagos, Nigeria
Are you a student?
Yes I am
What are your hobbies?
Writing, watching movies (movies inspire me, for some reason), and reading.
How long have you been writing?
Well, forever but started focusing on it and realizing it about 2 years ago
Which poet(s) are you a biggest fan of?
John Donne. William Blake. Absolutely stunning poets.
Have you ever participated in any poem writing challenge?
No, unfortunately I haven’t. Haven’t had the opportunity.
Which of your poems triggers your mind the most and you always want to share?
They’re all my babies! But then yeah, like a mother would give most attention to her new born so yeah, my new pieces attract my attention the most and I’m eager to share’em.
What other talents have you discovered in yourself apart from that of poetry?
Braiding hair and fashion precisely traditional (native) and western fashion.
Do you also do Spoken Word Poetry?
I’m not very outspoken. I hide behind my pen.
What are your dreams in your writing career?
To have my work published far and wide not for my sake, but for the sake of whom it might help.
Have you started working towards it?
Yes. I am currently working on a book of short stories.
So far what are your fears and limitations?
My fear is that people won’t like it and feel I’m ‘forging’ talent and blowing with the wind. One limitation is my academic life. Another is my fears
What drives you to keep pushing?
When I see the stories of young girls sexually abused. I want to be their voice. So I work harder
What can you say to the younger/upcoming Poets?
I am upcoming what I’d say is keep going. Do it for you. It’s your passion so keep going. For the love of it. Expect nothing but the happiness it gives you
Don’t you think you can always inspire them with your passion in pursuing your own dreams?
You just motivated me. Thank you. I do think so.
What reasonable favor can anyone do for you in your writing career?
Be constructively critical of my work. The value of that can not even be measured.
To see more of Amaka Chukwudifu’s poem, follow this link amakachukwudifu.wordpress.com
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