Aminu S. Muhammad: Portrait of the author and surveyor

Aminu S. Muhammad discusses his writing and property surveying with AWAAL GATA.

How and when did you begin writing?

My first try at writing got here fairly early, once I was round 10yrs previous and nonetheless in main college.

My father was a civil servant who, each day, purchased and introduced residence newspapers that shaped my earliest urge for food for studying. Every time he dropped a newspaper after studying it, I picked it to learn. He observed my love for studying and shortly started to purchase me youngsters’s story books and magazines. I used to be additionally drawn to studying basic novels and books of Abubakar Gimba that my brother and father owned. Once more, I benefited from my neighbours library the place I bear in mind studying my first caricature, the ‘Adventures of Tintin’ collection.

Attending to learn this large in my early years, naturally led me to begin scribbling poems and tales which I used to be sending to youngsters pages of newspapers and magazines in Lagos.

I continued with this custom whereas in secondary college such that as I used to be leaving the secondary college at seventeen, I had my draft of a novel and quite a few tales, poems, and information stories within the conventional media.

Between the time you began and as we speak, how would you describe your achievements? Are you the place you envisaged on the time you began?

I can say I’ve attained some modest achievements. These embody two revealed youngsters’s works (poetry and fiction), quite a few publications in on-line and conventional media in addition to anthologies.

Through the years, I’ve additionally been engaged in Arts promotion because the Founder/Curator of The Arts-Muse Truthful which is a platform that promotes up to date African Arts and creatives.

I’m not the place I needed to be but. I write throughout the three genres of poetry, fiction, and drama. I wish to have extra of my poetry and fiction revealed as books. I additionally wish to have my drama scripts carried out and subsequently revealed.

So, I nonetheless have much more to work on and produce earlier than I may say I’ve fulfilled my desires as a author.

Which had been the books you had been consuming in your youth and the way did they affect you? Do you continue to these writers with the identical eye?

Rising up, I learn up each printed materials that got here my approach with out discrimination as long as the writing captivated me. I learn from my father’s modest residence library of principally skilled, non secular and biographical works. I additionally ate up some western classical books my late brother had from his days at Authorities Faculty Keffi.

However, I used to be in the end drawn to inventive fiction by the Macmillan Pacesetters collection which revealed Nigerian writers, The African Writers Collection which revealed African writers in addition to the books of James Hardley Chase. A mixture of those different experiences of studying completely different writers of their completely different types drastically influenced my ideas and writings.

And sure, I nonetheless regard these writers with the identical esteem I had for them once I first encountered their works.

How did studying make you a author?

The large publicity I obtained from studying of various cultures, religions and experiences as mine definitely made me a author. One will get impressed to wish to write too after getting educated, entertained and even rattled by works of different writers.

What do you wish to obtain along with your writing?

I used to really feel my writing, and certainly all writings may drastically change society. And that is really a tall, even far-fetched dream. So, I’m simply content material with telling my very own tales that affected me deep sufficient that I wish to share them with the general public within the hope that some individuals could be taught just a few new issues or discover them relatable and true of their very own experiences.

Do you suppose literature has the ability of influencing a nation’s socio-politics and financial system? How would you like your oeuvres to replicate these?

Each phrase, written or verbalized has the ability to maneuver the human thoughts and limbs to motion. Literature possesses quite a lot of this energy. When written deeply, it’s affect might be far-reaching. All impactful literature work by first awakening the thoughts of the reader and subsequently strikes them to motion. When it captures the deep feeling of a individuals, their fears and hopes, literature can really affect our socio-political and financial ideas. We noticed how African literature labored from the early twentieth century to combat the colonization of African international locations. As for me, I would like my work to replicate deep human tales. These could also be social, political or financial.

How do you jostle between property company and writing? Do they affect each other or would you say they encroach on each other at instances?

My main occupation as an Property Surveyor and Valuer doesn’t have an effect on my different vocation as a author and Arts Administrator a lot. To every, I give its time and a spotlight. They complement one another in an attention-grabbing approach. The revenue from my Actual Property/Advertising and marketing follow majorly sustains my physique whereas my writing and basic Arts work soothes and satisfies my inventive thoughts and soul. So, they work completely nicely as a pair to maintain my physique and soul collectively. They affect one another in optimistic methods by giving me nice inspirations and insights to deeply understanding and expressing the opposite.

You might be additionally into images in latest instances; what impressed it and what do you wish to obtain with it?

I’ve all the time been fascinated by visible arts as a lot as literature. In my pre-teen years I dabbled into drawing sketches however didn’t take it up additional. Years later the fascination appears to have shifted to images the place I discovered myself getting impressed to put in writing, particularly poems, by simply taking a look at photos of nature and people. I get a type of deep reference to the objects in a picture that I get impressed to supply, out of it, different types of arts like poetry and fiction/nonfiction. So in images, I simply discovered one other approach of telling tales, visually. Thus far, I’m liking it.

How would you assess up to date Nigerian writers and their work? Do you suppose they’ve advanced or are there loopholes that must be fastened to foster optimization?

Modern Nigerian writers have so much going nicely for them. The web has made entry to supplies and assets straightforward for us. We’re using it nicely to develop our craft and produce high quality works. The power for straightforward cross-cultural and inter-generational collaboration amongst creatives have seen many up to date writers produce nice works which are gaining nationwide and world consideration. It’s simpler to put in writing and get revealed as we speak in comparison with many years previous.

What have been your literary and inventive challenges?

I might say the demand of constructing a sustainable residing in Nigeria. Residing on writing alone doesn’t typically pay. Some arts tasks I’ve labored on or want to work on require some assets that doesn’t come from the artwork sphere. The Minna Guide and Arts Pageant (Minna-BAF) simply involves thoughts. After holding a really profitable maiden version in 2018, it’s been difficult to have one other one because of challenges of assets. Nonetheless, my co-founder and I are working to have a 2022 or 2023 version of the Minna-BAF.

What are you engaged on now and what ought to the world anticipate from you quickly ?

For a few years now, I’ve been engaged on a drama script ‘The Flight to Abyssinia’ which is a historic play that paperwork the migration of Muslims from Arabia to hunt refuge within the Christian land Abyssinia, Africa. I’ve been enamoured of this story since I encountered it many years in the past. It speaks to non secular tolerance and concord towards oppression that I really feel we badly want in Nigeria. I’ve the script prepared however I want to have it carried out first earlier than a important viewers earlier than it’s revealed. This may increasingly come this 12 months or in 2023.

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