#WriterSpotlight – “I have a story to tell in a way nobody else can say it.” Oyesiji Oyedolapo

 

md4We have a musician and writer in the Hub today! Who’s excited? Oyesiji Oyedolapo is a bundle of skills. As a musician and writer, he is setting loose his creativity in the most simple ways.  

Hello Oyedolapo, please introduce yourself

I am Oyesiji Oyedolapo, a native of Oyo State and a graduate of Sociology and Anthropology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, State of Osun. I just finished my postgraduate program from the same institution and department, specialized in Criminology. I write inspirational articles, poems and songs. I’m passionate about what I do. I love God and His people. I’m a fan of creative albeit simple write-up and I see writing as a gift God blessed me with.

How did you discover your love for writing?

I have always kept a diary since I was little but I wasn’t bold enough to share it with people. I’m the reserved type so I try to capture my thoughts and pen down my imaginations even the awkward ones. I use my mind a lot. Smiles.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I get my inspiration from God and everything around me.

We know that apart from writing you are a singer. Do music and writing have anything in common?

Yes, I believe they do. Music entails giving rhythms to words. So I believe a lot of deep and creative efforts must be geared towards the two. A good musician should strive to be a good writer, that way it will help in letting the story out the same way it was conceived.

Did you face any challenges in your journey and how were you able to overcome them?

I had fears at first and it almost crippled my writing. It took me a while to come to terms with the fact that I write well; that was the beginning of my freedom.

What do you love most about what you do?

The ability to bring people into my world, that’s amazing. I call it walking people through the architecture of my mind.

As a creative person, what are some of your frustrations with the way art is viewed in Nigeria?

The good thing is the awareness for art is getting stronger and I believe in years to come it would have gotten much better. So, let’s stay with the positives for now. 

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Creative people are more often than not taken for granted because people do not understand the amount of time and effort they put in their work. What do you think can be done to change this?

Lol. Yes, you are right, especially those whose write-ups seem simple. With time people will come to appreciate it. The writer must keep on writing and setting loose the creativity.

What is the most important lesson writing has taught you?

That I have a story to tell in a way nobody else can say it.

What advice do you have for people who know that they have a message to share but fear keeps holding them back?

Break out of the fear. The world needs to hear that story locked up in your imaginations. It is beautiful and you are beautiful.

 

 

 

 

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