At Tell!, One thing we are highly passionate about is discovering fresh talents & exploring new ideas. This week, we interview Olajesu Lord’s Favour, a 200level student of Law at the University of Ibadan, author of “Yours Blamelessly” and Winner of the “Best Campus Author of a book Category” in the Tell! Awards.
Can we meet you?
I am OLAJESU LORD’SFAVOUR, a 200 level student of the Faculty of Law, University of Ibadan.
Do you mind sharing a little about your childhood? How was it like growing up?
Sure. Growing up was quite interesting for me. I used to enjoy involving myself in lots of activities. My Parents aren’t really the social type, so I got used to spending most of time at home, reading books. Asides this, I used to dance, sing and act. I was quite reserved though, very inquisitive and I loved motivating people. I still do most of these things except dancing, that one refused to stick.
Wow. A woman of many talents. What’s your major source of inspiration?
My source of inspiration would be the fact that I always want to reach out to people and touch lives anyway I can. I get inspired by human beings and happenings around me and most times, they are things people do not pay so much attention to. So, if speaking would pass a message across, I would speak, if writing, I would write, the end goal is to connect with people.
It might sound cliché, but God is undeniably my greatest source of Inspiration, the rest come after.
This is really interesting… and inspiring. Can you tell us 7 things people don’t know about you?
1. I could be very playful and mischievous
2. I love crafts and I am creative with beads. I make teddy bears, flower vases and many other things with beads.
3. I’m a chronic worshipper of God
4. I’m very bad at drawing, I can’t even draw a perfect circle.
5. I’m technically shy, I cover up by talking.
6. I’m an Author and my book was approved by Oyo State Ministry of Education for use by Secondary Schools based on choice.
7. I’m simple but I love quality.
Wow. I’m especially captivated by number six. What is the title of the book?
Thank you. The title of the book is ‘A Budding Flower in the Desert’
This is really good to know.How did it feel to make Okada Book’s top 150 of the Union Bank story writing challenge?
Honestly, I was so surprised because it was least expected. I didn’t even check when the list was out. My friend checked and told me.
How did it feel to have emerged winner of Tell!’s Award for Best Campus Author of a book?
I was so glad and relieved. The voting was quite competitive so it was fulfilling to have emerged winner.
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
Hmmn. Very interesting question. Asides being a Lawyer already, I see myself being a renowned writer. I also see myself being a screenplay writer. Basically, my cap is going to have many colourful feathers because there is so much God has put in me which have not been explored yet.
Lol. We are on the look out. Thank you for your time. Any words of motivation for writers out there who look up to you?
It’s sincerely such an honour to be an inspiration to someone out there. I’m forever a fan of Marianne Williamson’s quote, ‘our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure’. Most times, writers tend to be very skeptical about what’s in their minds, they care so much about what people would think if they put it down in words. Do not be scared to write what you believe in, writing is your greatest tool and power, use it.
I’m grateful for this opportunity, thank you!
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