It’s a new week and an opportunity to honor another heroine of arts in our society. Welcome to the second episode of #WOA, Women Of Arts on mchaymaker.com. For this week, we swing all the way to Nigeria to bring to you another exclusive interview, enjoy.
*Pleased to have your take on the “Women in Arts” section of my website column. Before we start talking extensively, can you kindly tell who you are?
Greetings from Nigeria, I am Ngozi Olivia Osuoha. I am a poet, a writer and a thinker. But I am a graduate of Estate Management with experience in Banking and Broadcasting.
*When did it all begin for you, and how did it start?
I remember vividly my first two years in the tertiary institution, when I was doing a little personal writing in my department. But going down memory lane, it was more than two decades, because some childhood memories point at some dreams that are coming true now.
*How has the journey been so far?
The journey has been interesting, rough, fun, crazy,…. But the most important thing is that one is living one’s dream, passion, mission, desire,…..
*What impact has/is your work had/having on society?
It has been tremendous. I get friends known and unknown, far and wide, from different countries and continents, encouraging me morally at least. Telling me of how I heal them and how seriously the world needs me. They boost my morale, secretly and openly.
*What is the current state of the arts industry from your perspective as a writer?
The art industry is growing no matter the setbacks in terms of funds and funding. The greatest of it is that we want a better society not money. However, we are hopeful the money will come. Even if it doesn’t, we can’t just stop because this work is a divine mandate
*Are women appreciated in our arts space? Comment extensively if possible on the state of women in arts?
I don’t really see any barrier in writing. But there are fields that gender becomes a little hindrance or has some challenges.
*Looking back, do you regret ever embarking on this journey?
No way, no regrets so far. I don’t think there will ever be. I am not competing with anybody. I do it because it is a burden. It just has to be done.
*Any setbacks in your field of endeavor and how you think it can be overcome?
Field of endeavor?? Writing?? Yes, we need support from all and sundry. All kinds of support.
Profession? I am not a practising Estate surveyor and valuer. I don’t know when that would happen either. We live one day at a time until we arrive.
*Any other things you did like the general public to know about women in arts?
I want the general public to understand and respect women generally, not just women in arts. They should make the ground soft and friendly for women. They should not see women as objects or tools to be used, abused or misused. Women are humans, not toys, not robots, not animals to be hunted or preyed on. We should respect the sanctity of life and honor God.
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THE TRANSFORMATION TRAIN
LETTER TO MY UNBORN
FRUITS FROM THE POETRY PLANET
WHISPERS OF THE BIAFRAN SKELETON
That’s a wrap for this week’s edition on “Women Of Arts, #WOA”.
By: Ocloo CreativeMind