Hello Sparkle Writers! It’s another Thursday and we are super excited to bring another inspiring writer. Today’s guest is Oyindamola and although she’s a student who just started taking writing seriously in 2015, she has achieved a lot.
Enjoy her interview with us!
Hello Oyindamola. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?
Hi. I’m Ajibike Oyindamola Oluwadamilola. Born in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. I’m an undergraduate of Computer Science at the University of Ibadan. I’m a writer and poet. I like to think of myself as a storyteller.
How did your journey as a writer begin?
Right from a young age I was a livid reader and in junior class I had random notes of short stories but I didn’t take writing seriously till 2015. A couple of events happened in my life and it got to a point I couldn’t talk to anyone about them because I felt they’d be tired of listening. So writing became an avenue to pour out my thoughts and feelings. At first, I kept my work to myself but later decided to share on a blog and then social media.
What do you love most about writing?
Everything. Putting together words to form something beautiful. It’s a great medium to voice out my opinions, thoughts and feelings. It gives me joy when people can relate and find comfort in my words.
You love to write poetry. When you want to write a poem, where do you find inspiration?
I get inspiration from life, whatever is happening to or around me at the particular moment.
Do you agree that poetry can be therapeutic?
Yes, I do. It has been quite therapeutic for me. It relieves stress, feels like lifting a burden off the shoulders. Like springing forth from a slumber.
What brings you the greatest fulfillment as a writer?
Hmm that’s a tough one. I’d say appreciation from other writers and people but sometimes they can’t exactly relate to what I’m writing about. So my greatest fulfillment would be getting together that perfect piece that portrays what I want it to.
There are people who believe that writing can never be financially rewarding. What are your thoughts about this?
This is untrue. The book world and publishing industry is one that never stops booming. We have different awards that comes with writing and some of these can be financially rewarding. Writing as a job could be financially rewarding. We have writers that have or contribute on websites and those who publish their own books. There are different writers that have best selling books and others. This is financially profitable. Although we have so many writers out there at this moment, determination they say is the key to any craft.
Do you think you will ever retire from writing?
I doubt it. It has become a part of me. Could a thirsty person reach the source of water and turn back? I’d write till the soul is taken from me.
Aside from writing, what are your other hobbies?
I’m into photography and blogging. My photography outfit is Playground Media (@d_playground) and I blog at lifeofdammy.com
Any advice for upcoming writers and poets?
Spread your wings little butterfly. The journey won’t be easy but it will be worth it. Be original and patient. The best pieces don’t come from the spur of a moment. It might be difficult putting yourself out there at first but gradually you’d let go and write all you want. Write, write and write and then write some more. Also try and meet with other writers. Some can be a good influence on you. Attend workshops, source for educative materials and just be you.