#WriterSpotlight – “I am a silent type, I talk, but not serious talk. My writing speaks for me.” Bankole Wright

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Welcome to another #WriterSpotlight on The Sparkle Writer’s Hub. Bankole Wright is a writer and editor and we are glad to feature him today. We hope you learn a thing or two from his interview. 

Hello Bankole. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?

Hello. Ok I am Bankole Wright, a graduate of Lagos State University where I studied English, majored in Literature. I am a writer, a book editor and a growing academic. I have a deep passion for teaching and writing. I love talking literature and creative writing, I love the fact that I create stories, both those that exist and those that don’t.

How did your journey as a writer begin?

Writing started at age 14, then I used to write juvenile love poems which usually ended in dustbins. I wrote songs as well. I just wrote because that was where I found fulfillment and joy. Growing up, I became conscious of my ability to create stories, and the fulfillment I derived from writing. Then I took writing more seriously, I began to write poems for several poetry sites such as Poetrysoup. I also wrote stories and articles at naija stories. I wrote at Pulse Ng where I was a blogger, then I started writing for OYA magazine till now.

What do you love most about writing?

Writing makes me feel like a god, genius and immortal. I am a silent type, I talk oh, but not serious talk, so my writing speaks for me.

In what ways has your writing grown since you stated writing?

For me, my writing  has really improved as a result of the frequent writing engagements I have had over time. They have pushed me to study deeply and I practice all I read to the letter.

Where do you get inspiration from when you want to write a story?

I derive inspiration from everything around me, both tangible and intangible. I observe tinniest details.

There are people who believe that writing can never be financially rewarding. What are your thoughts about this?

(Smiles), concerning finance, writing rewards. You need to create a niche for yourself to the point that you alone will be preferred and patronized. As a writer, if you work hard, you will be richly rewarded.

What lessons have you learnt since you started managing Oya magazine?

Hard Work, oh I have really learnt hard work. Also I learnt commitment and dedication, loyalty and consistency. OYA magazine has really built me and is still building me.

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What is your ultimate dream as a writer?

My ultimate dream as a writer is to be an influential one whose works are reputable and internationally acknowledged.

Do you think you will ever retire from writing?

(laughs). Writing is my life, retiring is like dying.

It’s one thing to write and another to help others edit books, how did you upgrade your skill?

I simply schooled myself in it. I got books on editing, I studied and I practiced and then I started helping friends for free, with time I was getting paid.              

Aside from writing, what are your other hobbies?

Aside writing, I read. I love reading a lot, like a real lot. I read anything and everything. I actually have a boring life to some people, but believe me, this is the life I choose.

Any advice for other writers out there?

Writing isserious business and it is a venture of the intelligent and disciplined. Also, don’t get caught up in trying to impress, just love what you do and do it with excellence.

 

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If you missed the Nigerian Writers Award, this is for you

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Running its second edition, The Nigerian Writers Award took place on February 19, 2017 at Ace Olivia Lagos City Mall Onikan Lagos and we have all the scoop about what happened and who won what. You should know by now that we love writing and everything that has to do with it.

This year’s event was tagged ‘Unity in Diversity’ and was attended by notable dignitaries such as Senator Olajumoke Jamiu Abiola, Esther Ijewere, Social Activist and initiator, Women of Rubies, Ibitola Ojoye Adebayo, award winning writer and a host of others.

Apart from the beautiful performances and inspiring talks, the Nigerian Writers TV/ Magazine was launched. We can’t wait to see the amazing things that will be done through this platform.

One of the highlights of the event was the presentation of special recognition award to Dr. Mrs Margaret Ibru; Esther Ijewere, Social Activist/Initiator, Women of Rubies and Ibitola Ojoye-Adebayo.

Here’s the list of the award winners and beautiful pictures from the event.

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Business writer of the year

Femi Asu (Punch newspaper)

Sports writer of the year

Shina Oludare Charles (goal.com)

Feature writer of the year

Kemi Busari (Nigerian bulletin)

Entertainment writer of the year

Alli Mutiat Omoniyi (Daily Trust)

Campus writer of the year

Ezekiel Efeobhokhan (Campus life, The Nation)

Fashion blogger of the year

Adedayo Olubunmi Odubanjo (fashionpheeva.com)

Entertainment blogger of the year

Laila Ijeoma (lailasblog.com)

Supportive blogger of the year

Agbosblog.com

Literary blogger of the year

Ainehi Edoro (brittlepaper.com)

Promising literary blogger of the year

Obianuju Ijekpa (www.thoughtsofeden.com)

Romance writer of the year

Ufuoma Otebele (nigeriaromancestories.com)

Health writer of the year

Toluse Francis

Fiction writer of the year

Sally Kenneth Dadzie

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Non-fiction writer of the year

Nnaemeka Nwankwo Okere

Poetry writer of the year

Tolu Akinyemi – Poet Olu

Spoken word poet of the year

Olayinka Samson Aremu (samurai)

Poetry promoter of the year

Eriata Oribhabor (poets in nigeria)

Diaspora writer of the year

Mac Kelly Obison

Motivational writer of the year

Okechukwu Ofili (ofili speaks)

Faith-based writer of the year

Sinmisola Ogúnyinka

Comic writer of the year

Simisola Opeodu (blacksmith chronicles)

Teenage writer of the year

Irianele Virtuous Oselumese

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Young writer of the year

Quadri Zaynab (pulse.ng)

Historical book of the year

The president who never ruled (Jamiu Abiola)

Advocacy book of the year

S is for survivor “sickle cell” (Samira Haruna Sanusi)

Writers’ most supportive brand of the year

Etisalat Nigeria

Media house of the year (print)

The Nation newspaper

Media house of the year (TV)

Channels TV

Media house of the year (radio)

Metro FM

Script writer of the year

Funke Akindele (Jenifa)

Writer of the year

Seun Akioye

We can’t wait for the next edition of the event.