• How can you describe yourself in a summarized manner?
Simple (I don’t want to say humble because it’s such a big word for me). Creative. Outgoing. Lover of people. Slow, but effective.
• When did you pen your first independent piece (poem or story – apart from school work)?
Hard to remember. Must be in high school, or immediately after. What I wrote immediately after high school I no longer have a liking for. They lack the 21st century swag I currently have in my writings, and I might burn them sooner or later just to free my mind of the past.
• What inspires your writing?
The world around me. I’m a keen chap, despite appearing out of place/confused always. Then I must add water. Washing, bathing, drinking water triggers stories out of my mind. I’m one of those strange people who can wash five trousers for an hour; once an idea strikes me, I will stop washing, gaze at the water while forming up some character in my mind, then I will rush to my note book and scribble the idea; or form and reform the idea a lot in mind such that my friend Headache visits. Then I will add a Jesus Christ who sits on the cupboard in the house; before writing anything, I usually make a sign of the cross, and touch His forehead, and kiss the INRI just above His forehead. Finally I will sit down and write the whole thing in one or two sittings; yea, I’m that very impatient.
• Apart from writing what else do you do? (Hehe we know how that question feels like)
Writing and writing. Creative writing and journalism, which I’m trained on. (And wandering)
• What do you think is man’s greatest invention?
The pen and the paper.
• Who would you term as an African hero? Why?
Muammar Gaddafi and the likes. This guy ensured life was smooth for his people, before Americans came in with their hunger for oil and killed Gaddafi – after deceiving his people he was an evil person. Well, they killed him and took the oil, and left the locals suffering.
• The world was to end tomorrow, what would you do till then?
Relax for a heaven ticket.
• What’s your earliest memory?
Having great appetite. I was a fat kid, used to eat until I couldn’t stand up. One day I drank a lot of my grandma’s sweet ĩkii porridge that I cried she had overfed me – that’s the good thing of growing up under your shush. See how the world has made me thin!
• If you were a cartoon character, which one would it be?
Something huge, to step on the world proper.
• Three words to describe your brain?
Slow. Effective. Creative. (and analytical, as in over-thinking)
• What is that song that never gets boring to your ears?
Survivor by Selena Gomez. Well, it might change with time because I easily get bored with stuff. I have consistency issues; believe in building the world in a day, and spend the rest enjoying life and laughing.
• What is that thing you did as a kid you wish you still would?
Shouting freely, while playing kĩa Mami na kĩa Tata and cooking ugali and building houses and moulding a clay kĩkati – an exciting type of car, which takes countless corners by itself on being pushed. And playing cards, while grazing cattle – I still miss the company.
• What do you think of the African creative and artistic industry?
Doing great. African creatives are doing fresh exciting stuff with their creativity.
• Who’s that character you wish you’d pull out of the screen/book and elope with?
Hehehe. Time to come out … A. Z. Zahara from Elif Shafak’s The Forty Rules of Love. (His name’s words have an interesting meaning). He is so lively and connects the novel’s two sections; he is also powerful enough to tempt a married woman into ‘eloping with him.’ Sometimes back I wrote an email to him; using the address which Ella, another character in the book, writes to him. I was disappointed to see the email didn’t go through. I have this crazy habit of putting fiction into practice.
• Any random question you’d like to ask the world?
Who is Uber???