Ifeanyichukwu Abiodun Ibegbu
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Ifeanyi Ibegbu is an Economics undergraduate at the University of Ibadan where she is a campus journalist, studies out of habit, writes both as a hobby and a vocation, reads and talks because these are as necessary as breathing and over-thinks because she cannot help it. When she is not lamenting about schoolwork or crumbling under the pressure of it, she finds solace in stringing words together and hopes that one day, this will help her make sense of life. Other times, she earns part of a living making beaded jewellery. She is always reading, talking or thinking. Ifeanyi loves art, sugar and sleep. When she remembers to, she blogs at www.lapenseuse21.wordpress.com
What you will do with the prize money if you emerge winner?
Save for the rainy days I am likely to have as an artist that is uninterested in a 9-5, then split the remainder between part capital for a beaded jewellery brand and equipping myself with an alternative to the enormous obstacle that is the convulsive power supply in Nigeria.
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A short bio about you
I have been writing all my life, but I’ve been publishing my work for 5 years mostly on my blog http://ekarimbvundula.blogspot.com. My fiction has short stories like The Elephant in the Room, about a Malawian student who works as a waiter in a parallel world discovered through a portal in Cape Town. Montague’s Last is my latest short story about a Chewa man in an 18th Century French dungeon, building a machine he hopes will give him atonement for his sins. Montague’s Last is available in audio form as well. One story is light-hearted and the other is quite dark, which I hope reflects my writing range in future. I would like to explore many styles, genres and tones before I put my pen down for good. If you’d like to read my fiction and non-fiction work, start at my blog.
I have a motto, that I “weave words into worlds”. This is an ambition where I hope to one day rank my work alongside the great fantasy and scifi writers who have inspired me. The real magic comes by turning these flat black symbols we call words into dreamscapes in the mind. Whenever I write, I aim to achieve that. I’m currently drafting my first novel, a speculative fiction about Malawi in a future where robots of all sizes become a part of the society, and environmentalism is strictly enforced by law. My influences include (but not limited to) JK Rowling, Eoin Colfer, and Octavia Butler. For tips on the craft, I am a regular listener of the podcast www.writingexcuses.com.
I think The Writer Competition is a good way for me to push my creative limits, learn from others through healthy competition, and to bring the modern public’s attention back to the fine art of storytelling in general, and specifically in Africa.
What will you do with the prize money if you emerge winner?
If I win the money, I’ll put most of it into a boring old savings account haha! I have been saving to buy a house and set up a business in future – either a publishing house or a bookstore. The rest I will spend at leisure, probably on books. I’m not sure you hear me. A lot of books.