“Writing to me, is everything. Whenever I sit before my screen and begin to write, everything comes in a rush so, it’s literally a huge part of my life.”- Adaeze Ibechukwu
NWA: Briefly tell us about yourself
My name is Adaeze Ibechukwu, I am a native of Nnewi North in Anambra state and I had my primary school education at Handmaids International Catholic school, Innocent Comprehensive High school (both in Surulere) and I graduated from the prestigious University of Benin.
NWA: What is writing to you?
Writing to me, is everything. Whenever I sit before my screen and begin to write, everything comes in a rush so, it’s literally a huge part of my life.
NWA: When did you discover your writing talent and the journey so far?
I didn’t discover my writing talent, my mom did. She had a problem with me littering the house with pieces of papers as a child so one day, she had to travel briefly with my dad and begged that rather than tear up pieces of papers to write cartoons, she’d offer me an empty exercise book to do whatever I liked with it, I was about eight years old at that time. That was where my writing begun, she returned from the trip and found that I had channeled my energy into writing stories. She read my stories and figured out that I was born to be a writer.
NWA: Which is your first writing accolade?
My first ever writing accolade was- being chosen as one of the first fifteen writers for Farafina’s New African Writing.
NWA: You won the Short story (Series) writer of the year (Judges Choice) at the Nigerian
Writers Awards; did you expect you will win?
I never expected to win. We had so many talented writers in my category and I expected someone else to win but I did and I am grateful to God and NWA.
NWA: How did you feel winning the award?
I felt numb at first and maybe for the better part of the night but once I got home and presented it to my parents and we were all screaming in excitement, I felt extremely proud of myself.
NWA: As a writer what has been your biggest challenge?
My biggest challenge is when my demand is more than I can handle. For instance when I have a pending project at hand and I still have to satisfy my blog readers by posting promptly and regularly.
NWA: Aside from writing what else do you do?
I draw and I have a penchant for creating things like-bead making and sketching clothes designs.
NWA: Who are your favorite writers and which work(s) has made a great impact on you?
I love Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka and Chimamanda’s works and as for the works that have made a great impact on me, I guess it will be ‘Things Fall Apart’ I have read that book countless times.
NWA: How do you unwind?
Hahahaha…I love the beach a lot, I love hanging out with friends and I love to sleep as well.
NWA: What big thing are we expecting from Adaeze?
God has a bigger picture of what to expect from me but I will try in my human capacity to break it down. First, I intend to write more screenplays, I intend to publish my E-book and God willing by the end of the year, I am going to publish my first full-length novel and soon, partner with a reputable media house to produce the story series on my website, www.adaezewrrites.com into series for Television.
NWA: Have you had negative comments about your work(s), if yes how did you handle it?
Yes, I actually just started having some negative comments. At first, I had no idea of how to handle it. You can imagine the long hours I put into writing my stories and posting them free online for reading pleasure and then, someone writes something negative. I actually handled it by telling the negative commenters that I have a style of writing and as long as my stories are involved, it’s pure fiction and you either hate them or love them.
NWA: Which of your platform(s) can people connect to you?
My biggest platform right now, is www.adaezewrites.com and people can connect with me there.
NWA: It’s been great having you, thank you so much for your time.
Thank you so much for being a great platform to showcase Nigerian Writers Awards, we (writers) owe you.