Sometimes I agree completely with Tolu Ogunlesi. Here are two examples:
Q: "There has been an upsurge in the number of young writers emerging from Nigeria side-by-side with a publishing industry that is sadly not big enough to accommodate them. What are your views on publishing in Nigeria?
There is very little publishing going on in Nigeria. Very little, if you take our population and the vibrancy of the literary community into account. But there is certainly a great deal of printing going on. That in itself is not a bad thing, but we need to match that printing with an entire structure of editors, marketing personnel, bookstores, literary magazines, book reviewers, distribution systems, writing workshops, writing grants and scholarships, etc. Only then can we boast of having a publishing industry.
Kudos to publishers like Kachifo and..."
From the article: I buy books the way our politicians steal money – as if there’ll be no tomorrow, written by Gbenga Awomodu for Bellanaija.com
Q: Have you ever imitated another writer’s style?
You often can’t help it, what you read influences what and how you write, often unconsciously. Life as a writer is often about being at the mercy of a million competing voices in your head, offering possibilities on how and what
to write about… what they call your voice or your style is a mélange of all these voices, whipped into shape by your own stubbornness and instinct…"
From the Interview: Poor Citizens, Poor Reading Culture, found on Bellanaija.com and written by Temitayo Olofinlua