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Hi there! I am Sam, a writer, a public speaker and a creative thinker. On this blog, I share my thoughts on writing, life, creative work and personal development.
Yaaaaaay! I am curious, what brought you here? Those articles on writing? Those thoughts on personal development? I can only say, welcome home and I am glad to have you here. Enjoy your time here while I invite the band to honour your visit with good music. I bet you can hear the beats and my sonorous voice as we give you a rapturous welcome.
Oh! Yes, I am a writer by calling. It took me seven years before I could call myself one. With over 12 years under my belt, I know how to make words sing and move readers. I have written opinion pieces, features, news articles, poems, short stories, blog posts, and viral “Facebook” posts. Do you have a hard time calling yourself a writer? Let’s have a chat.
Most part of the writing process is rewriting. With over four years as an editor, I have worked on books, blog posts, essays, articles, anthologies, and resumes. I have those quirky diagnostic lenses that search for redundancies, hard-to-read sentences, wrong usage of punctuation and poor cohesion. Trust me, I cut through the draft like a ninja but offer constructive feedback.
In 2017, I led a group of energetic writers in an online writing campaign. About fifty writers received writing prompts, tips and guides from me daily for 21 days; this was my subtle introduction into the world of coaching young writers. If you are serious about gaining your confidence as a writer, then look no further. I also offer public speaking coaching services.
In 2008, I started writing actively and I am yet to stop.
In search of myself, I experimented with different types of writing.
First, I romanced journalism and my veins popped when my pieces caused debates. I loved every bit of it – from conducting interviews to searching for the best quotes to fact-checking to writing the lead. It was fun.
Secondly, I dined with poets and feasted with storytellers. I found the tonic of suspense highly intoxicating. I danced to the rhythm of the verses aesthetically wrapped in sonnets. The literary art form captures intriguing devices that delight the soul. That’s the truth.
Thirdly, I stumbled on copywriting via blogging – an act of serendipity. I beamed with smiles at the hook that captivates the reader. The pains of unravelling the emotions that undergird problems using concrete examples. And laying the solutions in a subtle fashion before the call to action is fun.
I have tasted these sides and I can tell you that many who succeed in writing do so because they love the art. Writing carries in its pouch a certain mystical addiction that hypnotizes writers like a groom serenades his bride.
It’s impossible for them to take a break from writing. It’s the writer’s itch — a nudge to keep creating compelling pieces.
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My popular blog posts
- The Daily Routines of 10 Famous Writers: From Toni Morrison to Kazuo Ishiguro
- How to be the Best Version of Yourself Without Burning Out
- Six Golden Rules that will Change Your Writing Life Forever
- How Active Reading Changed My Life: 7 Things That Happened to Me
- Five Effective Ways to Overcome Stage Fright
- How to Shatter Writer’s Block: 10 Tips that Work
- Meet the World’s 10 Highest-Paid Authors in 2017
A bit more about this guy
I’m a Nigerian, born and raised in one of Africa’s largest cities, Ibadan, now living in Cambridge, Ontario.
I moved to Canada in 2015 after graduating from the University of Ibadan. In the university, I studied Mechanical Engineering and spent a huge portion of my undergraduate study volunteering as a campus journalist both in the broadcast and print media, which revealed my obsession with writing, speaking and making a difference in the world.
In the past 12 years, I have written hundreds of articles for media outfits, magazines, publications, and blogs. You can find some of my works on TheCable, Sahara Reporters, YNaija, ScoopNG and WRRNG, amongst many others. I recently worked as a news reporter for a Canadian newspaper, the Manitoban, for two years. I’m the creative director of Kreative Diadem, an online blog committed to celebrating and publishing established and emerging voices in the literary arts community.
I’m also a member of Toastmasters International, a club that built a formidable leader and persuasive communicator out of my feeble frame.
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