It’s another edition of our #WriterSpotlight series and we love the feedback we’ve been getting. Today’s guest gives us the scoop on the three writers he’d love to meet and his most challenging moment as a writer. This interview is undoubtedly a must read. Enjoy!
Hello Sopuruchukwu, please introduce yourself.
My name is Egbodo, Sopuruchukwu Okechukwu. I am a psychologist, writer and a digital marketer.
Did you always know that you were going to be a writer?
Not really, but I unconsciously kept getting closer to things that would eventually serve as catalysts to what I am doing now. For instance, from when I was 8, I always hung around my dad to read his newspapers and stuff like that. So by the time I was in senior class in secondary school, I was sure that writing was going to be a part of my life.
What has been your most challenging moment as a writer?
Having to complete a 4000 words work for a client in few hours, and that day was already fully booked.
You offer various writing services including ghost writing and language translation? How rewarding has this been?
I wouldn’t say very rewarding for now, because I just started making money from witting. I believe by the time more people know about my skills, then the rewards would flow in.
What’s the worst writing mistake you have ever made?
Accepting a writing job that I didn’t meet the deadline.
If you had the opportunity to meet three Nigerian authors who would they be and why?
CHIMAMANDA ADICHIE, she makes writing seem very easy. GIMBA KAKANDA, he brings his real feelings to his writing just like me. Then SOLACE CHUKWU of Goal.com Nigeria. That guy is Nigeria’s version of Shakespeare with the way he uses words. I follow and learn from their works.
What’s your pick;
Fiction or poetry? I don’t do both, but I’ll prefer fiction
Hip hop, R&B or Reggae music? I listen to any genre of music as long as the lyrics are clean, but I do more of “Clean” rap.
Continental food or African delicacy? African delicacy
What’s your ultimate dream as a writer?
To affect people’s lives positively through my writing, and make enough money from the art.
What do you think of writing as a side hustle?
It all depends on what the person involved wants. With the state of the economy many writers will opt for writing as a side hustle, but I believe that writing alone can equally make one enough money, depending on how serious it is being taken.
What’s the biggest lesson social media has taught you?
Social media has taught me that when well utilized, one can actually achieve a lot with it – fame, recognition, and money making. Majority of the good things I have received started off as interactions on the social media.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Whatever you wish to be or do, start early.