There’s something powerful about a writer who has a WHY! We love Affiong Ene-Obong because she knows why she writes and the reason is powerful. Find out in today’s #WriterSpotlight.
Hello Affiong, please introduce yourself
I’m Affiong Ene-Obong, a lawyer, author, poet and content creator. I’m a young lady who earnestly desires to inspire, impact and transform lives with my talents, spreading light and love across the world. I’m a member of The Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Rivers State Chapter, Poets In Nigeria (PIN) and member of The Sea View Poetry Club, Port Harcourt. I’m an advocate for young people living with disabilities. My first book, ‘A Life Called Forever’ is a collection of inspirational poems beautifully written to inspire, impact and transform lives; spurring others to live their best lives amidst life struggles, obstacles and detours. My second book; a debut novel encourages women and kids with special needs to live their best lives giving them love, wings and showing them their roots.
When did you discover that you had a passion for writing and why did you decide to follow this passion?
I discovered I had a passion for writing as a child. I had beautifully written essays and I was commended for my effort so I decided to hone my craft.
You authored the book ‘A Life Called Forever.’ What inspired this book?
My book, ‘A Life Called Forever’ was inspired by my earnest desire to fulfill God’s purpose for my life. I told Him to write His stories on my heart so I could share with the world. The poems were composed to spread His light and love across through the words He gave me.
I write for those who see light in words and hope in my self- expression. In my opinion, writing is an act of faith and not a trick on grammar. Everyone has a story. The art of writing gives anyone the ability to express oneself freely, sharing stories with anyone, anywhere and that’s what I love.
What challenges did you think you were not prepared for in the process of putting this book together?
The challenges were minimal but with perseverance, I pulled through. I was determined to share stories with the world.
What do you love most about writing?
I have been able to share my stories with the world and lives have been transformed to the glory of God. Writing has become not just a passion, but a medium of communication. Writing has grown in leaps and bounds over the years because I haven’t stopped learning and improving.
What is your ultimate dream as a writer?
My dream as a writer is to inspire impact and transform lives with words and ultimately make the world a better place.
Do you think you will ever retire from writing?
Writing is a passion, it’s a gift. I live to write; I write to live.
Aside from witing, what are your other hobbies?
Aside from writing, I like researching, editing, singing, studying and I’m an art enthusiast.
What do you love about The Sparkle Writers Hub?
The Sparkle Writers Hub is a platform for writers to hone their craft, connect with others, learn and grow. Sparkle Writers Hub coaches, trains and motivates and encourages writers to believe in the talents they possess.
What advice do you have for people who know that they have a message to share but fear keeps holding them back?
Everyone has a story. Don’t be afraid to share your stories. The world wants to hear your voice and your words could be louder than your voice.