Welcome to another #WriterSpotlight series. There is nothing better than celebrating writers who write to inspire and make a difference in the world. Today’s guest is one of them.
We hope you enjoy her interview.
Hello, please introduce yourself
My Name is Chibuzor Bajeh. I am a wife and mother. I love to write and talk about God. I love to write pieces that will bless lives. Another passion I have is to see women look good and trim especially after childbirth through healthy diet and exercise.
You are a blogger and contributor for Mum to Mum Africa, how has the experience been?
Being a blogger and contributor for mum2mumafrica has been a different but very interesting experience. My writing started properly from a Facebook group (Praying moms Nigeria) where I am one of the admins. I have to write to encourage people once a week (all the admins had days assigned to them to encourage people). After that I became a contributor for mum2mumafrica founded by Grace Essen and then I started my blog. My blog is basically about preaching Christ in all areas of life and in all we do.
What would you say is the biggest challenge facing the writing industry?
The biggest challenge facing the writing industry in Nigeria is that Nigerians have a very poor reading culture. It’s so difficult for a lot of Nigerians to settle down to reading and sourcing for information themselves. They prefer the shortcut of being told.
Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?
I have always had a gift in writing. Even as far back as my secondary school days my classmates always admired my essays. Even in my university days people always enjoyed to read what I wrote. My passion for writing was rekindled again when I started writing often in Praying Moms Nigeria.
What lessons have you learnt from blogging?
I have really learnt a lot from blogging. Blogging has taught me to be more real, to be more truthful and most importantly, to work more on my character and attitude because you have to write what is the truth and what you are practicing and living. Blogging has taught to be a better witness for Christ because you really do not know who is reading your article and when you will run into any of your readers, you sure do not want to ruin your witness. Blogging has taught me that people are willing to be opened to you for as long as you are real and sincere with what you preach.
How rewarding has writing been for you?
Writing has been quite rewarding though not financial. The reward has been more of fulfillment when people read my work and they are blessed and get answers to their secret questions. For the Facebook group (Praying Moms Nigeria), I usually put up a reminder to lead mothers in a prayer direction every Monday. Recently I got a call from a mother telling me how those prayer write ups have been a blessing to her and how she just looks forward to it every Monday. I was glad to know I was touching lives. That is the greatest reward of writing.
What’s the worst thing anyone has said about your article?
Surprising no one has told me anything negative yet as regards my writing.
Has there been any time you wanted to quit writing?
Not really, I have not really considered quitting
What do you do in your leisure time?
I do a lot in my leisure time. I watch television, I read, I spend time with my son, I write. In my leisure time as well I look for ways to add value to myself.
What advice would you give your younger self?
The advice I will give to my younger self is to be more patient, to work more on my weakness and to learn to slow down and take things easy.
What would you say is your ultimate dream as a writer?
My ultimate dream as a writer is for my articles and work to bless and improve lives all over the world; for my articles and work to be read by the younger generation and the generation yet unborn and for my article to continue to bless people for as long as the earth is still in existence.
Do you consider writing work or pleasure and why?
Writing to me is both work and pleasure. Writing is work because you have to put in the effort to develop, sharpen and continuously improve yourself. Furthermore, writing is work because it takes effort to continuously stay on top of your game and write pieces that people will always and ultimately enjoy reading. I consider writing pleasure because, for anyone who writes, it is something we enjoy to do which comes naturally and gives ultimate satisfaction.
Any last words for other writers?
I am learning that to be a good writer it takes effort and consistency. Some people will read your work and appreciate it; others will read your work and not be interested. One thing that is important is that you have to consistently make an effort to improve yourself. Personally, I write everywhere and anytime an idea comes to me. The rule is to WRITE, WRITE, WRITE, WRITE and keep on writing till you get your desired result. Another important thing is work closer with people who will encourage you in your desired part. Patience, consistency, and dedication are the keys.