Hello Sparkle Writers. We have another young writer on today’s #WriterSpotlight series. He is also an author and a speaker. We absolutely love his fighting spirit and you will see that clearly when he tells us his reply to a critique about his stories.
We love the fact that young people are taking charge of the life and career so fearlessly. Enjoy our interview with Samson.
Please tell us about yourself briefly
Speaker Samson Egbums is a writer and a certified young mentor from the Institute of Mentoring and Career Coaching Nigeria (IMCCN) and the International Association of Professions Career College. I also runs the Speak, Write and Earn Community on Facebookwith 3,300 writers and speakers.
How did you discover writing?
In the early days as a science student, I was often selected to represent my department in essay competitions, because my writing style attracted good marks. From there, I started writing my own story book which ended in the waste bin, because no one was ready to finance the publishing.
As soon as I registered on the social media sites, I saw it as an opportunity to start baring my thoughts daily. I started with short stories.
You have written 5 books and you are only 20 years old. Can you take us through this incredible journey?
I am a very different writer, one who doesn’t just wake up and start writing a book. My books are focused on solving a challenge. As soon as I discover a leakage; I utilize my writing skills to get it plastered. The journey of five books isn’t easy. I had tough times when I had to postpone due to power supply and some other unforeseen occurrences, but I feel fulfilled with what I have achieved today.
Here are the titles of my books; Keep it Simple, keep it Smart (Modus Operandi of successful people), Talent is cheaper than salt, How to be a peak performer in 168 hours, The Self help Guide, The 7 mistakes of the young people
What is the best part of writing a book; the writing process or seeing the finished work?
The best part of writing is seeing your thoughts and ideas packaged into products. For instance, raw rice has little beauty until it is cooked and served.
What’s the one thing that can make you quit writing?
Nothing can make me hang my pen like a retired footballer hangs their boot.
What’s the worst thing anyone has said about your article?
When I started, someone said it to my face that the stories I tell are unreal. I had to read more storytelling books.
Will you ever retire from writing?
Writing has no retirement age, as long as I live, I will keep writing daily.
What are your thoughts about the reading culture in Nigeria?
In Nigeria, educational books are seen as the only books students should read, which affects how they reason and how creative they are.
Tell us two interesting things social media doesn’t know about you.
Social media doesn’t know I have three siblings and I attended a public primary school.
You are also a speaker. How did you develop this skill?
I developed my speaking skills after I won a championship on public speaking and ever since then, constant practice has kept me floating
If you could meet three Nigerian writers who will they be and why?
I would love to meet Prof. Wole Soyinka, Strive Masiyiwa and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
What do you do in your leisure time?
In my leisure time, I listen to highlife music and play soccer games.
What’s your ultimate dream as writer?
My greatest dream as a writer is to write a book that will stand the test of time, bless lives and be read all over the world.