A published Nigerian writer resident in Russia, Ike Amadi is a rare blend of talent, Godliness and humility. He came 2nd in the 3rd Edition of omojuwa.com’s SuperBloggers with an entry capable to winning any literary competition nationally and internationally. Let’s meet him:
Some call me, ‘Mr. Do Something,’ others, ‘Mr. Fresh’. However, I still miss being called ‘Ikechukwu Amadi’.
Born in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria to hardworking Christian parents who both hail from Imo State, Nigeria, I have since imbibed the code of conduct that says, ‘Hardwork Pays!’ By the special grace of God, I was able to gain admission to do an undergraduate program in Moscow, Russia after having spent nearly 2 yrs studying Veterinary Medicine in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Computer Engineering caught my fancy here, and I am currently working on completing my Masters Programme in the same university here in Moscow, Russia.
I speak Hausa and Igbo quite fluently and currently working hard to perfect my Yoruba, so as to be WAZOBIA in perception. For my non-Nigerian friends, WAZOBIA is a collection of ‘come’ in the three major languages in Nigeria: ‘WA’ – for ‘come’ in Yoruba; ‘ZO’ – in Hausa; and ‘BIA’ – in Igbo. Thus, when one is said to be WAZOBIA, it means he is a fully integrated Nigerian.
Being 2nd in a family of 5 with relatives constantly flocking the house day-in day- out, I have since learned that the more, the merrier. This has etched in my medulla oblongata the need to always be part of a community that fostered goodly conducts while propagating the need for one to use up all the potentials invested in one’s self, thus leading me to the platform of Twitter, and subsequently Superbloggers – a fine competition spearheaded by our very own, Mr. Omojuwa.
I have been reading since I knew how to. I am very sure my dad misses me as he would have to read his newspapers alone. The adage that says, ‘he who loves to read will one day wish to write’ proved true in my life when on Oct. 23, 2010 I launched my very first motivational book, ‘Do Something!’ Which is purely based on my ‘do something’ philosophy. I have since been working hard on my next which I think I might call, ‘Steady Freshness.’
I entered the Superbloggers competition so as to test the waters and to see if Nigerians were interested in short stories – especially when on the subject of love. It was an exciting adventure which was more enthralling considering the fact that we had to voraciously share our write-ups and get our friends to read and comment and not just rely on ‘literary excellence’. I have since learnt to spread my tentacles and try to put out my works to as many people as possible.
Being part of the winning team for Superbloggers 3 is really something fresh, as I haven’t won a writing competition before. I see it as an opportunity to share freshness with the world.
Writing for me is medicinal. While hospitalized last year due to the stress of my book launch, I asked the nurses to please give me nothing but paper and pen. That was the only way I could get better.
I write about anything and everything, from short story fiction to motivation. When I dive into the pool of love, I find myself doing poetry, albeit rarely. Every experience is a story to me. The only thing that I do not write, for now, is politics. I’ll rather stick to reading.
Now every guy, I hear, loves to watch football. I only happen to watch football when Chelsea is playing. My whole family is Chelsea. We are all Chelsea. I am, however, an excellent footballer on the pitch. Some persons have actually asked, ‘why don’t you play for the national team?’ I digress.
I remember wanting to close down my website as it wasn’t generating any income even though I had to pay to maintain it. I consulted with my friend, Nze Sylva, who is also a writer, and he advised that I worked harder in writing and sharing my works in strategic places. Since then, I have been faithful in documenting all my thoughts and ideas which I hope to share with you now that I have been given the opportunity to write on omojuwa.com.
Keep doing something to stay fresh!