Never believe what the lines of your hands predict about your future, because people who don’t have hands also have a future… Believe in yourself.- Oludare Oluwashina Charles
NWA: Let’s meet you
Oludare: I am Oludare Oluwashina Charles, an indigene of Ondo State – Ondo town to be precise. I attended Gbanijoke Nursery and Primary school, Ondo. Duro Oyedoyin primary school, Secondary school education at Awosika College Ondo, Christs’ school, Ado – Ekiti. Innocent Comprehensive High School, Lagos and Sanya Grammar school, Lagos. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in English education from Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo (Obafemi Awolowo University), a Masters Degree in English literature from the University of Lagos in 2012 and I am doing all it takes to complete my Ph.D anytime soon.
NWA: When did you discover you had the passion for sports writing?
Oludare: I discovered my appetite for sports writing while in primary four. After watching sporting events on television – especially football tournaments, I always wanted to share first with my other school mates and I did this by writing [fixtures and result] and pasting on the class wall, because our notice board never served such purpose. At some point in time I would sacrifice my lunch token to get sports dailies because I wanted to keep myself up-to-date because my classmates and teachers relied on me for current happenings in the world of sports. Aside from this, being a member of the press club from my primary school days till my tertiary institution days also helped refine this enthusiasm.
NWA: Aside from writing what else do you do?
Oludare: I am a Nigerian Football League referee (amateur) rank and in about two years to come, I should be officiate in the Nigeria topflight division and hopefully get a FIFA badge to officiate on the international scene. Slightly away from this, I am a theatre person and have featured in over 20 stage plays (including six convocation plays), three movies and once in a while try to produce short comical clips.
NWA: You won the Sports writer of the year at the inaugural edition of the Nigerian Writers Awards; what were your expectations for the award?
Oludare: In all modesty, I had a great year but never saw myself as a strong contender to win the award because we had some great writers too who did well in the year under review in the shortlist. To be nominated was a great honour and we all wanted to win.
NWA: How did you feel winning the award?
Oludare: I feel honoured and motivated because it is different working very hard all day long, it’s another thing seeing your effort rewarded. I am not going to be an hypocrite though and I would love to win this award over and over, but that’s something that doesn’t depend exclusively on me. I will keep doing the best I can as a writer and we will see what kind of outcome we will have next year.
NWA: In 2015 you had over 30 exclusives reports how were you able to
Oludare: I believe in hard work. You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it. Most times, I would stay awake in the middle of the night to write ‘big stories’ which my colleagues would even appreciate. It’s not by coincidence. I do so much extra work when others have gone to sleep.
NWA: What has been your greatest achievement so far?
Oludare: Aside from winning the Nigeria Writer’s Award, I would say my greatest achievements are yet to come.
NWA: As a writer what has been/is your biggest challenge?
Oludare: The beauty of in journalism is to travel around (locally and internationally) to cover sporting events. What then happens if you are unable to fund yourself to attend some of these competitions? This has been my biggest worry as a journalist.
NWA: Do you think Nigerians writers have the power to change the world
Oludare: Definitely we can because that is our primary aim – using our pen to expose and correct social ills towards making the world a better place.
NWA: Which writers do you look up to?
Oludare: William Shakespeare, Ben Carson, James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway
NWA: How do you unwind?
Oludare: I am a fan of country music so to relax, I listen to collections from Don Williams, Jean Shepard, Shania Twain and Johnny Cash. I sometime prefer to watch historical movies.
NWA: Rate your online presence?
Oludare: My presence online is very strong and I provide my fans and followers visually engaging experience
NWA: What is your philosophy of life?
Oludare: Never believe what the lines of your hand predict about your future, because people who don’t have hands also have a future… Believe in yourself.
NWA: Which of your platforms can people connect to you?
NWA: It’s been great having you, thank you so much for your time.
You are welcome, anytime.