“Anyone who is able to weave a good story is my hero any day” – Interview with Olakunle Ologunro
Winner of the 2017 Kreative Diadem Annual Creative Writing Content (Flash Fiction Category)
KD: When did you first discover your passion for writing, what inspired you?
KD: What are some of the challenges you face as a writer? What steps do you take to overcome them?
KD: Who are some of the literary figures that inspire you/you look up to?
” But to put it simply, anyone who is able to weave a good story is my hero any day. I am not bothered if that person has never published a book, or if s/he is a multiple award-winning
KD: In 2017, you won first prize in the flash fiction category of Kreative Diadem’s annual writing contest. How did you feel about winning?
Ologunro: Surprised. Then excited. And then panicky.
KD: Let us get down to your flash fiction. What was the inspiration behind Imole? Was there a specific message you intended to pass along to the reader?
Ologunro: Would you believe me if I said that the idea for ‘Imole‘ came to me from nowhere? I can’t remember what I was doing then, but the line, “Your mother,
And no, I wasn’t interested in passing a message. At least that was not my foremost intention. I understand that people who read it might take away a lesson or two, but while I was writing it, all that mattered was telling a story that seemed ripe enough to be told.
KD: Apart from winning first prize in the flash fiction contest last year, what are some of your other achievements? (Awards, nominations, published works, etc.)
Ologunro: I placed second in a writing contest by Naija Stories, was a finalist for the Awele Creative Trust Award, was shortlisted for the Gerald Kraak award anthology, longlisted for the inaugural AMAB-Home of Books Foundation Prize. My short story ‘Pampers’ was published in the Queer Africa 2 anthology, and republished in Queer Africa: Selected Stories, my flash fiction ‘And They Were Laughing’ was published in LitroUK, and my recent short story ‘A Nonrequired Guide to Writing Love Stories’ appears on Brittle Paper.
KD: Are you currently working on any books at the moment?
Ologunro: No, I am not. I wish I was, though.
KD: What advice would you give to aspiring writers like yourself, especially in Nigeria?
KD: What do you think about Kreative Diadem?
KD: Any final words?