Kinna Likimani In Conversation with Toni Kan – “I write in the mornings from 4:15 to 5:30am”
Toni Kan: Please introduce
yourself for the records
Kina Likimani: My name is Kina Likimani and in this space I am a blogger of African literature and I am also working on my first collection of non-fiction, essays.
T.K: Okay, so a blogger is a
writer who writes in the online space. Yeah? When did you realize you wanted to
K.L: Well, it’s really because I am a reader
and I grew up in a home with books and I read a lot. When I finished college, I
realised that there were gaps in my reading, particularly related to translated
fiction. So, I started … there was what they called Web Blogs, I would go
online and look for what to read, syllabuses, but it was when I came back to
Ghana in 2011, I realized people were doing book blogging but I realised that
there weren’t many places where they discussed African literature. So, that’s what
made me do this. It started out as a cataloguing of my reading, dominated by
African literature and translated fiction.
T.K: So we have bloggers everywhere but how did you manage to make yours stand out? What did you do differently with kinnareads?
K.L: I think within the book space, it was the
subject matter. There weren’t many people writing about African and black
literature. I also used to run challenges. But I think what made me stand out
was the fact that my reading was unique among people of the world. It was a
really eclectic mixture.
T.K: Do you have an office or
you do it from home?
K.L: Related to my blogging, I do it from home
T.K: Now you are working on your short fiction
essays. What issues do you look at or address in that book?
K.L: I am looking at issues like freedom, and
what that means set against my own background growing up. I am looking at
freedom, our so-called lack of movement as a country, our dissatisfaction,
gender issues, stuff like that.
T.K: Are these brand new
essays or previously published?
K.L: They are new essays
T.K: So how do you write? In
the morning, afternoon…
K.L: I write in the mornings. My time to write
is now 4:15 to 5:30
K.L: My plan is everyday but it isn’t quite so
(laughs) but I try as much as possible to keep to that. Sometimes, I write a
lot, other times, I don’t write anything and I don’t beat myself up about it. I
am not working against some publisher’s deadline but I am working towards
completing the book.
T.K: So how far have you gone
with the book?
K.L: So far I think I have three completed
T.K: And the target?
K.L: I am targeting about 10
T.K: Does it have a working
K.L: Not yet but I always said that if I wrote
a memoir, it would be titled ‘I Lost a Country’
T.K: Wow. Some famous guy
wrote ‘There was a Country’ and then he…so be careful. (Laughs)