” I believe if a nation is properly educated, then most of its problems have a potential solution”-Binogun Winifred
NWA: Can we meet you?
I am Binogun Winifred from Ondo state, Ilaje LGA to be precise. I attended Command Day Secondary School and presently studding English at University of Ibadan.
NWA: When did you discover your writing talent?
During my secondary school days I used to write great essays so much that a teacher of mine featured a number of my essays in his textbook. However, it was one of my seniors Igbor Clement who is now known as That poet Clem who took me in and trained me. He taught me basic things such as writing poems with a rhyme scheme.
NWA: Which is your first writing accolade?
I have to be honest; Nigerian Writers Awards is my first. Though, I was known as the best English student in my set (laughs).
NWA: Wow! You won the teenage writer of the year at the Nigerian Writers Awards, how did you feel winning the award?
Seriously, I actually cried. I am someone who always puts others first in everything. I give people priority even when it comes to rating my works. I only write during my free time, and I do so for fun. Hence, I am not so proud of what I do. The award gave me a boost; it was like saying “Well done girl!”
NWA: Before the award ceremony what were your expectations for the award?
I was nonchalant about it. My sister was optimistic and so she went shopping for me, and I felt she should not have. As a matter of fact, I prepared a congratulatory message for the winner already, voila! It was me.
NWA: As a writer what has been/is your biggest challenge?
Most people my age are not concerned about poetry or literature. Most of my friends are either into beauty related things or nothing at all. Convincing people that writing poetry and articles is a worthy cause can be difficult. Also, I have to cope with people who think I should be doing gossip blogging instead of Literature. They think it’s not profitable enough.
NWA: When Winifred is not writing what is she doing?
EATING!!! I love food a lot. If I’m not eating, then I should be sleeping
NWA: How do you unwind?
I am not really a social person. I am almost antisocial because of my shy nature. However, I enjoy taking large spoonful of ice cream and having informal debates.
NWA: If you have the power to change one thing in Nigeria what will that be and why?
The falling standard of education. I believe that if a nation is properly educated, then most of its problems have a potential solution.
NWA: As a student how are you able to manage your blog with your studies?
It can be difficult. What I do is that I write as much as I can when I am free and then leave them as drafts. If I’m too busy to write something new, I simply publish my drafts.
NWA: Which of your platforms can people connect to you?
On Facebook as Binogun Winnie and my page is Winnietalker. Also on other social media networks like Instagram and twitter @Winnietalker.
NWA: It’s been great having you, thank you so much for your time.
You are most welcome.