“My book ‘Give Us Each Day’ was inspired by an 8 year old beggar from the streets of Ibadan who I accosted and he narrated a story of having been abandoned in the market for the last 4 years.”
Samuel Monye, the winner of the 2017 Quramo Writers Prize talks about his book ‘ Give us each day’ at Qfest 2019 as he unpacks his faith, inspiration and his creative process.
“In the book, I wanted people to see the outcome of holding onto faith inspite of challenging circumstances and I did that using both the Christian faith and the Muslim faith.”
Underneath his unassuming visage, the graduate of environmental science favours the mind of a strategist.
“I use a lot of formulas to take my characters from the beginning to the end.”
When asked his predilection to creative books, his answers were not altogether surprising.
“The genres I enjoy reading is young adult, fantasy and thrillers. I would sacrifice every other genre for these ones anytime.”
The interview was followed by an interactive Q and A session where Samuel offered writing tips.
Samuel believes that overcoming resistance is a daily struggle that every creative should learn to overcome.