Today, I have achieved a very important goal! Okay, I actually got to interview Tolu Ogunlesi, who has been a great inspiration to me since I discovered him in 2009. I definitely had so many questions for him. I can’t fully describe how highly I regard this young man. In fact, in many ways I’m on his trail! I have started stocking every material he has ever written, thanks to Google.com. Here’s the intro to the interview:
He was born in 1982. He is the author of a collection of poetry, ‘Listen to the Geckos Singing from a Balcony’ (Bewrite Books, 2004) and a novella, ‘Conquest & Conviviality’ (Hodder Murray, 2008). In 2007 he was awarded a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg poetry prize, in 2008 the Nordic Africa Institute Guest Writer Fellowship, and in 2009 a Cadbury Visiting Fellowship by the University of Birmingham. He went on to win the Arts & Culture Award at the CNN African Journalist of the Year Awards 2009 for his story, ‘What the Truck?’, which was chosen from among 836 entries from 38 nations across the African continent. His fiction and poetry have been published in The London Magazine, Wasafiri, Farafina, PEN Anthology of New Nigerian Writing, Litro, Brand, Orbis, Nano2ales, Stimulus Respond, Sable, Magma, Stanford’s Black Arts Quarterly and World Literature Today, among others. His works have also been published online by 3 Quarks Daily, Eclectica, Buran, The Vocabula Review, Crossing Borders, Banyan Review, Stickman Review, Hiss Quarterly, Underground Voices, Pindeldyboz, African Writing, Sentinel poetry, The Maynard, Hackwriters. He is currently enrolled in MA Creative Writing at the prestigious University of East Anglia. In this exclusive interview with BN Editorial Assistant, Gbenga Awomodu, Tolu Ogunlesi puts his wits on as he talks about childhood dreams, writing, journalism, publishing, Nigeria and other interesting details.
Read up the exhaustive interview on BellaNaija.com.