We love Emmanuel because he is so sincere about his journey as a writer. We also really like the answer he gave when we asked what writing has taught him, but you will have to read the interview to find out his reply. Enjoy!
Hello, please introduce yourself
My name is Emmanuel Ibezimakor (Zimackos). I would like to think of myself as being multi-talented, unique, good looking, and a lover of Jesus and of people. While on earth, I live to impact my generation positively through my speech, lifestyle, writing, music and experience
What do you do?
I do quite a lot of things ranging from music to writing to speaking, just like I said earlier. But right now, I am focusing on my blog . I am also an undergraduate of a Nigerian university.
You are a Writer & Blogger, Christian Minister/Leader and Student. How have you been able to combine all these?
It has not been easy but with focus, determination and consistency, I am able to set priorities and focus on what is important at any point in time. I must confess, I always don’t get it right. I lag behind sometimes.
Why did you choose to write or what led you to writing?
I love writing. Ok, sometimes I don’t like the processes but every time I am done writing something that lurked in my mind, I feel so excited and happy. And you know one thing about excitement; you just keep coming back for more. Hence, I keep writing. Plus, quite a lot of people think I’m a good writer.
Where is the weirdest place you have ever gotten inspiration?
The toilet. I think that’s the weirdest place I have gotten inspiration.
How rewarding has writing been for you?
Writing is such a pleasure to me. When someone reads my post and tells me how much he/she likes it, or how much he/she connects with it, I feel like I am doing what God created me for. Though writing hasn’t started paying the bills, it’s only a matter of time.
What’s the worst thing anyone has said about your article?
I don’t keep records of those.
Will you ever retire from writing?
Will I ever retire from writing? I don’t think so. I mean, I could shift from one form of writing to another – maybe writing books, blogging, writing songs, poems, stories, writing on my journal/diary, biographies, and reviews – but to stop writing completely? No way!
What has writing taught you?
Writing has taught me that life is beautiful; only few can see it. Your job as a writer is to make others see.
What are your thoughts about the reading culture in West Africa?
It’s poor/ I think everyone knows that. Good thing is, a new breed of West Africans are coming up who are terrific readers.
What do you do in your leisure time?
I listen to music, read, meet and connect with friends.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Wherever you find yourself, you are there for a reason. Participate, connect with others around you and make the most of every opportunity.
Do you consider writing as work or pleasure and why?
A blend of both work and pleasure. Like I earlier mentioned, the process may be not so exciting, but the end is always lovely.
Any last words for upcoming writers?
Well, I am upcoming too. Lol. Last word to us – Don’t be afraid of being different.
What is your ultimate dream as a writer?
My dream is to cut across social, religious and educational boundaries – to be the singular brand that everyone in the society will read and absolutely enjoy reading.