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.
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.