Well…honestly I don’t even know where to start from, it’s been a long journey. But I’ll put it simple and straight. I am Jide Ojeniyi, I write with the pseudonym Jide Forbes, born on October 22 1983. I write Christian Literature, Short-stories, Children’s Fiction and Articles. I studied Computer Science at the Lagos State University, graduated 2009. After that I proceeded to the Daystar Leadership Academy for a short course in Basic Leadership in 2010, the following year I was short-listed for a Professional course tagged Youth Enterprise with Innovation organized by the Federal Government at the Lagos Business School/Pan African University. In 2012 I was also short-listed for Project Empowerment Professional training organized by St. Augustine’s College USA in partnership with Centre for Enterprise Development & Action Research (CEDAR). When I was in school, I and my team created a new product we tagged “Six-Dimensional Branding” which we proposed to Blue Chip companies to promote their Brand. I am also a dedicated Entrepreneur into creating new innovations in the E-merchant Industry.
What inspired you to take up writing?
My God and my passion to display my God-given talent.
What do you love most about being Storyteller?
I love to showcase my creativity in storytelling to the entire world. And to tell stories from different cultures all across the globe.
Which character from one of your books do you think you most resemble?
Hmmm…I can’t really think of any now. I tell my stories based on my own creative imagination. I like to mix history with fiction.
If you could go back in time, where and when would you go?
Well I have never thought of going back in time, rather I would prefer going into the future and peeping into how great it looks.
Please tell us a little about your latest release and the challenges you faced writing it.
The Book I am about to release is the “Jolly Roger Trilogy; A tale of the Marauders.” It is the first fiction to combine three Legends together. Divided in three parts, set in the 11th century, this story is a mini-series of complex, multi-layered thriller adventure that brings three different legends together in one fiction- “It was a battle of death as hell was let loose when the three most dangerous groups of sea robbers incidentally collided on an island. With each group claiming Supremacy and ownership of the island, they devised various means of wiping out each other...” I wrote this Book for four years and I made deep concrete research about the Pirates, Vikings and the Buccaneers for me to successfully create a thriller/adventure story. I also submitted it for the Commonwealth Literary Award 2013, I hope I win.
What do you think about the role of book bloggers in the literary world? Do you have a favourite blogger?
Hmmm I don’t really have a favourite blogger per se and I think Book Bloggers are doing a fantastic job. I mean this is the Information Age, we need to make a great impact online for our presence to be felt.
How do you think writing and book marketing have changed over the decades? What are the implications for authors today?
To me writing has not really changed, what I’ve noticed is that we now have more writers out there. It seems more young people are beginning to discover their passion for writing. The introduction of the E-Book has made it easier to get your works published and sold over the internet which is good for the Industry. As Authors we just need to Brand ourselves and learn to promote our works on an International level, that way the sky will be the stepping stone for us.
Any words of wisdom:
The words of wisdom I have would be one of my favourite quotes by John Mason “Imitation is Limitation” which also happens to be one of my favourite Books.
Thanks, Jide! Readers, here’s a message from Jide:
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