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“I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL COUNSELLOR”

 

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Onome Francis is one person that I’ve always found interesting. I was so sure she was going to be a miner and then write all about gems. She comes out of her shell and talks about herself; she’s more of a listener than a talker. Here is what I found out about this ardent video game lover:

Tell me about yourself.
My name is Onome Francis, I was born in Warri, Delta state and I grew up in Lagos. I am a graduate of Biochemistry from Lagos State University. I love writing and I have been doing that from an early age; since I was 8.

What other hobbies do you pursue with the passion you have for writing?
I love reading, different types of books. My favourite foreign writer is James Patterson, while Chinua Achebe is my favorite locally. I also like surfing the internet. I also love traveling, adventures and meeting new people.

You have a blog that focuses on relationship matters, how was it born?
Well, i realised that there are actually a lot of people that have issues, especially relationship issues bottled up inside and some of them spoke to me about them. I guess it’s because I’m a good listener, because I am definitely not a professional counsellor or relationship expert. But sometimes you don’t need a relationship expert, you just need to talk to someone about it and hear their perspective. I also do the same when I have such challenges. So I thought,  “okay, I like writing, I’ve heard relationship stories,  why not create a blog dedicated to that and see what happens?” And that was how the blog came about.

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Has the stats from your blog encouraged you to continue blogging because at the back of every bloggers mind is readership which translates to stats.
Yes it has. I have a lot of readers from around the world and it encourages me not only to keep going but to make sure I put my very best into my content.

Most bloggers/writers I know are fashion conscious, what does fashion mean to you?
Fashion is a popular way of dressing and I often like to go with the latest trends. However, I also think the way one dresses gives a hint of their personality. But if the latest trends don’t appeal to me, I wouldn’t go with it. Generally, I like classic looks, looks that don’t go out of fashion.

Are you planning to write a book or what are you going to do with your writing skills?
Oh yes, I would love to publish a book soon; a thriller, and I want to collaborate with the talented Miss Damilola Olaniyi. It would be brilliant,(winks)

so watch out!

I’m flattered, thank you. So far with your ‘agony aunt’, do you think you have been able to help some?
Yes I do. I have received feedback from readers who said they found my stories and advice interesting and helpful to them. I hope to reach out to more people as time goes on.

That’s great. So what else should we expect from you in the next few years?
More from my writing, because I can never stop writing. Books, blogs, leaving my mark in the world of literature and I can only get better. (Laughter)

Good, we would look out for you. Advice for young talent?
My advice for young talent is, keep doing what you have a passion for, practice makes perfect. Believe in yourself and give your best. Never, ever give up.

I must thank you for making the time to talk to me.
Thank you for having me.

My pleasure.

Contact details: 08022955312,  francisonome@gmail.com, 7A6DB74C
http://www.relationshipsandadvice.wordpress.com

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MAC-JANE: MY FAVOURITE PLACE IN ANY HOUSE IS THE TOILET

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Mac-Jane Chukwu is a blogger and she was a hard one to track given that she has her fingers in so many pies; a bundle of energy! With her bachelor’s degree in International Relations, she is now pursuing her masters’ in this field with a dream of specializing in National Security Affairs; she hopes to become the first youngest female president of Nigeria.  With her background in media production, Mac-Jane is equally interested in building people, hence her involvement in projects that encourage positive change. She is the Executive Vice President of the International Student Cultural Organization (ISCO), currently the Graduate Administrative Assistant with the career services at Troy University, and founder of Tower of Hope Teaclub, a foundation to help troubled street girls. Like Joseph in the Bible, Mac-Jane wears a coat of many colours!

Tell us about you, what we won’t find on Google.

Hmm… well, there’s a lot not on Google but I’d tell you that I’m a pretty reserved person. My favourite place in any house is the toilet, if it’s fancy though. (Laughter) I love the mic. I used to keep a collection of cute baby pictures especially twins. LOL. I make one of the best pancakes anyone has ever tasted. LOL. I’m ever ready to learn, I sing but I can’t dance and I love my family so much. I talk to them every day and oh yeah, I’m in love with Snickers bar but my friends rather think I’m addicted. Yeah, that’s a lot.

How did you enter the world of writing?

Well unlike most people who would probably say “I’ve been writing since I was born”, writing for me was not something I thought of any significance in my life. I started writing in elementary school and my favourite part of any assignment was “How did you spend your last holiday?” But after a series of short stories I wrote, my mom felt that the world needed to read my books and that was when she encouraged me to publish my first book. After that, I realised writing was a passion for me as I began to write everywhere I went so long as I was inspired. It could be in the church, toilet, restaurant, anywhere; as long as I had a writing pad.

I know you have a blog, what informed it?

Well a friend of mine thought it would be a great idea for me to have a blog so he went ahead to create “The world according to Mac-Jane.” And it took me a while before I finally decided to start publishing my stories there instead of Facebook. Today, I’m grateful for that push as I have readership from all across the globe.

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That’s encouraging. Tell me about your published book.

Open Secret is a novel that talks about high school relationships, sex and HIV/AIDS. It is a mixture of my personal experiences as a child and fictional imagination. Everyone should read it since it is a first-hand experience of what goes on in the minds of young adults and how growing up really is.

What else should we expect from your stables?

I hope the world will see more of my books. Aside from writing a lot of research papers which isn’t so much fun sometimes, I hope to publish my next book soon. Look out for that. More seriously, I hope to share with the world a females perspective, what women really face in diverse cultures and nations and I pray that through my works the world will see Jesus through my eyes.

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A lot of writers have diverse views about religion, what’s your take?

Well religion for me is not just an institution, it is a lifestyle. I try to live what I believe. I don’t judge others for whatever they believe. I deal with people every day who are members of various religions but all I try to do is live the truth and let my life reflect Christ. I don’t want to be called a Christian and yet be known for hurting other people. Jesus showed love and that’s exactly what I try to do: show love to everyone irrespective of religion, culture, race, gender.

Where can we find your book and what genre do you favour?

My book will soon be available on Amazon but if you’re in Nigeria I have contact people you can buy from and those in the U.S can just contact me. I write mostly Christian romance fiction and real life experiences.

Advice aspiring authors.

Get a notepad, keep a pen handy or rather ensure whatever device you have has a notepad or journal app. Write, write, write! Whenever you get the urge to type something, do it. Start small, do a little at a time and before you know it you would have a book finished. And more importantly, read, read, read! Read the works of other people, get information about all things, watch the news not just fashion and style(laughter), and know a little of everything!

I must thank you for your time.

Oh no, it is my pleasure. Thank you.