Book writing and publishing is not for every Tom, Dick and Harry. To some, it takes ages to complete a book while some don’t even complete it. Ogochukwu Bibiana Ossai, a graduate of Mass Communication from Redeemers University, Ede, launched her book, My whole chapter on Saturday, July 30, 2016. She is a genial and idyllic young lady who loves to dance, travel and researches especially on culture.
The 21-year-old author is a youth mentor, devoted Christian and a youth advocate through her writings.
During ENCOMIUM Weekly’s chat with her, she explained how she achieved this.
What is the book all about?
The book is about life experiences among youths. It talks about love, relationships, friendships and life generally.
What inspired you to write this book?
I was trying to find myself in life basically, so, I wrote it to inspire others. The first time I ever wrote was in 2011.
Did you get support from your parents while writing the book?
My parents supported me. They were like my pillars from beginning to the end. Though, my mom was a little bit against it, thinking of how I was going to cope with my academics.
Did your mom’s disapproval initially set you back?
When God gives you a vision, the only person that can stand in your way is yourself. My mom did what she did out of love and the concern she has for my education. I never saw it as a setback, instead, I took it as a driving force towards my vision. I found my purpose and acknowledged the vision God had given to me.
Who is your role model?
My role model is my brother, Dr Chionye Ossai. He has inspired me in so many ways. He taught me about life tenets, trained and enrolled me into various competitions. He gave me the idea of blogging, encouraged my work, shared in my vision and helps in tutoring me. He believed in me when no one else did and still believes in me.
What are the challenges you encountered?
There were times I gave up on writing and there were times I procrastinated and there were times the ideas were not just flowing. In all, I thank God.
A word of advice for other poets/writers.
Poetry is a way of life, not just literature. In other words, for you to write, you must be a good communicator with your environment and people generally. Above all, they should have a good relationship with God.
How will you describe your life?
My life is a cycle, one where the grass is green, the ocean rumbles to the beauty of nature, the sun shines all day and the moon all night, a life of rhythm and word. It is odd, conservative and hard.
Tell us about yourself.
I am Ogochukwu Bibiana Ossai, born into a family of scientists. I am a graduate of Redeemers University, Ede, Osun State. I am blogger and a freelance writer and editor of an international website. I am the Senior Editor and Head of Lifestyle of a literature and Lifestyle Bloggers Network.
I am currently working on an online art and inspiration community. I want to go into publishing so as to help other writers. My choice of writing was motivated by God, Bible, cultures, politics, society, random things, basically life in general. I love to dance, travel and I love God too much.
- ARAFAT ADESINA