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Hello everyone! Our guest of today on Peregrine Reads is Jennifer Dafwat, one of the contestants of the #PatriotsForChange independence contest.

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Briefly introduce yourself

My name is Jennifer Dafwat. I’m a writer and media person. I am a Nigerian, from Plateau state.

Where did your love for books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

I can’t say precisely when my love for books and writing began. I remember though having an aunt who worked at a bookstore while growing up. She made sure I had a steady supply of books regularly. Now I can’t say if it was the availability of books that made read or if it was my love for reading that prompted her to always get me books. As for writing, from a young age, I used writing as a way of expressing what/how I felt.

How long have you been writing?

I’ll say I started writing consciously in 2009. That makes it 6 years now

What kind(s) of writing do you do? (Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blog articles, anything of interest if any)

I write mainly poems but I get to write a short story every once in awhile

What inspires you to write?

My environment, experience, state of mind and emotional state are among the chief things that inspire me to write.

Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work?  What impact have they had on your writing?

Chinua Achebe has inspired a sense of African consciousness in my writing, Francine Rivers has challenged my spiritual sense and depth and also a sense for imagination, Maya Angelou has inspired strength; these among others.

When did you decide to become a writer?

In 2009

Why do you write?

I write as a form of self expression and more recently because there’s something to be said, a perspective to be shared.

What is the hardest thing about writing?

The hardest thing about writing is writing itself. Putting pen to paper and creating art.

Do you ever get writer’s Block?

I had writers block for a whole year and that period was frustrating

What do you think is the future of reading/writing?

There is an expanding and growing sense of reading and writing. So the future is expected to be massive on a lot of counts

How do you find or make time to write?

I usually write on the go. I always carry a pad around and I put down words as they come. I will usually create time later in the day or week to put together the piece together more coherently.

What do you like to read in your free time?

I read anything of interest. Most times I create a timetable, sort of reading list. That way I know what I’m to read at my free time.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?

It includes being a leading writer in the country and using my art to advance causes for women and children

What has been your achievement so far as a writer?

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I’m a spoken word artiste which means I perform most of my writings. Some of my achievements have been the opportunity to perform on a number of big stages/platforms.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

I prefer paper back books

How do you relax?

I sometimes stay indoors, sleep, read a book, watch a movie or other times engage in some social activities with friends and family.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

As a published writer and a leading name in spoken word in Nigeria

Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?

Odumegu Ojukwu and Yakubu Gowon. I will like to hear their own sides to the Nigerian civil war

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Write if you want to, once you’ve chosen to, be deliberate about it.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Facebook: Jennifer Dafwat
Twitter: @PD_Jennifer
Linkedin: Jennifer Dafwat

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