In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations) AMOS OCHE EBIEGA is a 12 years old speaker and author that has published Twins & Murderer, Ruthless Ruler, and Cat & Dogs. He started reading at age 4, started writing at age 9. He has been opportuned to speak at various conferences and meetings including the AFRICAST convention. Amos passion is to leave the world a little better.
Ans: My name is Amos Oche Ebiega. I am the last child of my parents but not an over pampered one. I am an author and a motivational speaker. Currently, I am in my first year at Kaduna State University studying the Industrial Chemistry.
Q2. What are some of your hobbies and passion?
Ans: My hobbies (Sigh) I will say reading, singing, dancing, sports. The list is actually endless. But I have the passion for talking. When I say talking I don’t mean blabbing. I love to inspire people, move people with my words and help them to become better in life. Please don’t get it wrong I am not a mesmerizer but a motivational speaker.
Q3. You are a writer; tell us a bit about what you do?
Ans: Writing is one of my greatest passions. I have written books, poems, spoken words and motivational talks.
Q4. What drove you into writing?
Ans: I started writing at the age of nine while I was in primary school. Before then, I had fallen in love with reading up to the extent that I preferred storybooks and novels to my school books. One would say I consumed a lot and so I had to give out. Well, I won’t argue with that. I had read a lot of books and I felt that I should also write for other people to read.
Q5. How long have you been into it?
Ans: I am seventeen presently. If you do the maths, that will be approximately eight years and still counting.
Q6. Who is your mentor?
Ans: Before I answer that, I’ll first of all say my case is different. I have been mentored by a team of great men and women. I say ‘team’ because they all had one aim; to build me, which they did and are still doing. But I look up to my mom. She is a very strong person and has a large heart. She sees the best in everything irrespective of what other people see and say. I have been mentored by the likes of Solomon Bawa Aliyu, Andrew Gani Ikilama, Elisha Mamman, Popoola Paul, David T Raimi, Joshua Daniel and so many others that God has used to impact positive things in my life.
Q7. When growing up, did you ever see yourself as a superstar one day?
Ans: A lot of times. As a matter of fact, I loved the thought of becoming a superstar more than being a top grade in my class. I remember when I use to stand in front of the mirror and talk to an imaginary crowd. I had no idea it was going to be a dream come true.
Q8. What kind of books do you write?
Ans: Fictions mostly. But in every story, there’s a message being passed.
Q9. What is the title of your recent book?
Ans: Though it is unpublished, I will just share a little detail with you. It is titled “The Man Of.” It captures a lot of lessons, learned in life. The setting depicts that of the Americans in the early 16th centuries even though it is fictitious. It talks about leadership and so many other things that if I share more light on, you probably won’t need the book anymore (smiles).
Q10. Where can we get your book(s)?
Ans: You can reach me on Whatsapp at +2349070922107, +2348033175567 through a phone call, place your order and we will get it over to you. Alternatively,
Q11. What are some of the challenges you encountered as a writer?
Ans: To be honest, if I say I have been writing for close to eight years, I will be deceiving myself. There were times when things got so intense that I gave up on everything and decided that I wasn’t going to waste my time writing or even speaking. One of the major challenges I faced, was rejected because not everybody opens up to reading. Most events will prefer to host entertainers, fairs than to have a straight figure standing in front of people telling them that there’s more to life than partying and having fun. I am not against such. On the contrary, I do them during leisure. I still remember vividly the number of educational institutions I visited to see if my books could be read in schools in my hometown, state of residence and the country at large. Without any justifiable reason, they always turned me down. I will stick to this one I have mentioned because I don’t want the person reading this to be burdened with the kind of dysfunctional system we run in the world today.
Q12. What advice do you have for those out there who have the passion for writing but haven’t made a move?
Ans: Mike Murdoch said, “What you are unwilling to pursue, you will never get.” The question is ‘how badly do you want it?’ To what degree are you ready to affect the lives of people with what you’ve written? I understand that due to the fear of failure, rejection and some other nasty feelings, you don’t want to make a move. But take it from me, someone who’s been there before, “Don’t be afraid to live your dreams. You may know the beginning but you certainly don’t know the end.” But with God on your side and you putting in an effort to ensure you succeed, I assure you that the sky won’t be your limit but your starting point.
‘Would I supervise your spiritual life and also supervise your sexual life? Sexuality in marriage does not contaminate spirituality. Bro Solo why have you not touched your wife? I am your pastor and I have been sleeping with my wife for more than 20 years now. Prayer cannot replace sex in marriage. You are now married and licensed to have sex. Making love to your wife is no more a sin.’
‘I know it is possible you are a virgin but today virginity is no longer profitable. If you don’t know how to do it, I am here to teach you. You can ask me any question on sex. Sis Rose is now yours and by my authority, her parent’s authority and the authority of heaven you can kiss her, romance her and sleep with her as many times as is convenient for both of you. The way you rush your first meal after a long chain fasting is the same way I expect you to rush your wife. If there’s an issue, you can confide in me.’
‘Thank you, addy, we shall do the needful as you have counselled’, Bro Solo said. After seeing the Pastor off to the other side of the road where his car was parked, the Pastor turned to the couple and said, ‘Sis Rose ensure you call me later to let me know how everything goes. Bye! Bye!’ Read More »
She came into the bedroom with her transparent nightgown wearing a romantic perfume. Nobody was left at the house after a long day of felicitations and congratulations on the success of their wedding. Who would have thought Sis Rose could get married after several attempts failed at the altar of disappointment and betrayal.
Sis Rose had been into 8 relationships that never led to marriage. Getting suitors was never her problem but getting to the aisle was never realistic until she met Bro Solo. Bro Solo was a well-known brother in the choir and the dream husband of every lady as he seemed to be an example of a true Christian.
Bro Femi dated her for 18 months and jilted her because she refused him sex before marriage. Bro Ifeanyi left her after a year of relationship when he went for National Youth Service Corps at Enugu where he found Sis Chinyere. Bro Austin never gave any reason for quitting their relationship of 4 months. The history of Sis Rose’s relationship journey was heartbreaking as she had dated 8 guys in 14 years.
‘Bro Solo is going to leave like others, why put in the remaining pieces of my heart?’, she thought. On her traditional wedding, she fainted twice for unbelief and shock that Bro Solo did not leave like other brothers. It was a well-celebrated and well-attended wedding. Members of the choir and ushering team added color to the day as one of their own were the celebrants of the day.
The joy and excitement that Sis Rose was leaving singles fellowship of the church at 43 made the pastor overjoyed, so much that he made Sis Rose’s wedding one of the best since the inception of the church. Family and friends were not left out as they all created scenes to add colour to the day.
Family and friends stayed back and never wanted to leave them alone even at the late hour of the night. Sis Rose had jokingly told her friends to leave to allow them start their honeymoon and everyone laughed. ‘Madam are you driving us?’ And they laughed again. In all these Bro Solo was indifferent as to whether they left or not. Read More »
Till Death Do Us Part: A Review Of #MrsUnmarried By @ciscadichie | @AimeesLibrary
Ezinne is the abused and battered wife, her husband is murdered in cold blood in their home and she is the prime suspect with both motive and opportunity. The media is all over the story and it is messy until a private investigator crosses her path.Everyone should be allowed to breath… and that’s what love does – it gives us room to breath! it’s funny how love has become choked up by our own expectations, selfishness and egocentric cultural bias. Love is now a thorn that everyone wants to get entangled in either to feel among or to escape the feeling of loneliness.
Chinelo, in her book Mrs Unmarried opens us up to the life of Ezinne who is caught up in a web of a failed love and marriage. A web that is about to choke what’s left of life out of her. Once again, I’m reminded that there’s no justification for treating a human being, and in this case, a woman any less than s/he deserves to be treated – loved – in every sense of the word. Everyone who gets married – apart from maybe arranged marriages – has that connection before taking the step to be together “till death do us part”, but it is worthy of note that the author did not give us more than a glimpse into what a loving marriage was like at the beginning for Ezinne, because of course, when doom sets in, it erases everything – every memory – of what ‘good’ felt like.
In our review, we will be sharing a few things we loved about this awesome read as well as our views in relation to our present day realities.
Let’s get to it… I was captivated by the style, tenses and relatable conversations in the story. The life of the couple, set in Lagos, Nigeria truly brought it home for me coupled with the fact that we really do not feel we have anywhere to go when we’re in a deep mess until it’s about to kill us, and then we discover that we can run!
I’m drawn to the fact that Ezinne and Chukwuma are only a piece in the puzzle to look out for in this story and in real life. There’s the Christianese neighbours and friends who play the “it is well” card when they notice that all is not well, failing to realize that there’s a lot they can do from a distance, even if not directly. There’s those who do not care a bit about you until there’s news about you – most likely for bad – then, they’d pounce on whatever news there is to download information about your life that you never even knew existed.
There’s people who do not even believe in you, but are all over you, acting like they’re in your defence crew, like they’ve got you covered and of course, there’s those that are on your team for real, by divine connection or by what I call ‘Holy Hookups’
You see, life has got its ups and downs but for all of these, it’s till death do us part and it’s either we’re holding our hands up high, pulling each other up so we can live, or we’re tearing each other down just to stay apart.
I love ‘Love’ and if I was in on the manuscript, I would have made interaction between Ezinne and Chuka a bit more like a breath of fresh air. It would have been easy to see her latch on to this new window that heaven was presenting on a platter, but again the author reminds me that if she did, she would have been caught in the same circle. ‘Others are doing it’ and ‘there’s no time on my side’ are never good enough reasons to take on the responsibility and commitment of marriage. Because when the chips are down, our expectations, selfishness and egocentric cultural bias would not be able to grant us bail.
The Lawyer in Chinelo Mgbeadichie just had to show herself and she was great at that. I followed the legal proceedings like I was on a course. Although, I am aware that there’s a lot more awareness on what could be done to assist anyone going through violence in their home, I also believe that the judicial system isn’t that clean enough yet to really have the back of its citizens. Set into 2019 and beyond, I expect that the justice system would have become more serious and would be a better option for victims who need cover from their molesters.
Although, life played Ezinne a lucky card – maybe when she found her way into the spotlight – I would say that opportunity met preparation and as much as the spotlight escalated her woes, it played a huge role in fastracking her freedom. God still had a plan, no matter how forgotten she felt she was.
What did I not like? The impact of a not-so-great proofreading and the fact that I’d still wish there was more than a small window for Chuka in Ezinne’s life. lol… On a scale, I’d give it a 7. But as I draw to the end of the book, Mrs. Unmarried, I’m as astonished as the author intended for me to be. I mean the suspense was tight…
A Masters Degree Holder (LL.M) from the University of Buckingham, Chinelo lives in Lagos, Nigeria. She is a novelist and legal practitioner who is passionate about her work and is highly self motivated. She is the author of other books – Behind Dark Clouds & Murder at Dawn.
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Would you say it’s been an outright successful year for you?
I was able to achieve most of my goals for the year so yes, I’d say yes.
Casting your mind back; what would you say were your high points in the year?
The high points of the year would probably be getting international recognition for my work and contribution to social change in Nigeria.
And the challenges in the year?
So far, the year has been quite smooth and I thank God for it.
How would you rate your public acceptance?
I am greatly honored by the level of support I have received at home and abroad.
What about corporate patronage; would you say things looked up; want to talk about a few of those shows?
I’m not sure what you mean by “corporate patronage” but I’d like to think of this as a good year in terms of concerts, public appearances and tours.
And your label, Trybe Records; did you launch any new artiste in the year? Tell us about them?
We did not sign any new artists this year but we kept very busy working with various artists, doing song-writing, music/video production and musical collaborations.
Your collabo with Goldie in her song and video, You Know it was spectacular in so many ways; was it released under your record label?
Goldie is signed to Kennis music and that’s one of the many collaborations we were involved.
Lots of hard work must have gone into its production; want to talk about it?
Well, it doesn’t feel like a lot of work when you do something you love. She came up with a concept, I composed the song, we recorded, we got Clarence Peters to shoot the video and voila!
Your single Ota mi featuring LKT is a very strong song, making waves all over the place; what gave you the inspiration to reproduce that classic song?
Ota mi is a prayer for God’s protection against all things evil. I had a lot of fun making it. Thats my mix of fuji, electronica and hip-hop all in one song. I’m also very grateful to the living legend K1-The ultimate for his permission to use elements of his classic.
How would you describe the success rate of the Nigerian entertainment industry in general? Do you thing you guys have been able to maintain the tempo?
I believe we have come a long way in just a decade but there’s much more work to be done before we can truly maximize the potential of our entertainment industry in general.
How about the family front?
I’m having the best time of my life right now.
What are your plans for Christmas, are you going to be spending it entirely with your family; or on the move making more money?
I’m focused on balancing my time between my business and my family so I’ll be doing a bit of both.
What are you looking forward to in the New year? Hopes and aspirations.
I look forward to putting out more music, more videos and doing more tours. In 2011, I hope the government will get more involved with intellectual property rights and help us make sense of the music and movie industries in Nigeria. I also hope that we can forge towards a better Nigeria by using our votes wisely in the upcoming elections. This is a crucial time in our history and I’m hoping we can change our course to a more progressive and sustainable one. Thanks again!
This interview was conducted by Isaac Oladipupo in 2018.
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