My name is Chinny Okoye. I have not published anything just yet, but i would like to add that it does not make me less of a writer. Writing is a passion i have had for many years, i say many years like i am old,(ps: very young!)
The first book i ever wrote was written in Nigeria. At the time i had graduated from high schol, and i had nothing to do. Being that i loved writing, and i had alwasy admried writiers, i decided to start writing a book. Unfortunately, my computer crashed, and what do you know, chinny did not have any back up, so yes! my book was lost, mind you i had written about, say a hudnred pages or more by then, and may i say, it had to be one of the most dissapointing times in my life.
After crying for days to my mum, i decided to accept my fate, i decided to accept the fact that my novel would never be real. It was about a poor hopeless, pretty, village girl who lost her dad, was sent by her mum to leave in the city with her sister and husband, when the husband couldnt take his eyes off the girl, they both decided to take the attraction to a different stage, an affair. There where to be two main scenes, her with her uncle and sister, and then the her in the university, and the life of a typical Nigerian college student. sigh! it would have been interesting. Now that i think about it, maybe i will start over and write this novel, when i am done with my current novel. Hmmm! that sounds plausible, doesnt it?
Anyway, i am about to graduate from the niversity of Massechusets Boston, with a public poicy, and philosophy major. I will be taking my masters online in public health at the univerity of Liverpool, England.
There are so many authors i admire, from chimamanda adichie( def a role model), chinua achebe, Buchi Emecheta,daniel steel, malcolm gladwell, Jackie Collins(love her), Alexandra Ripley, Jane Green. daniel steel, i believe these authors have influenced the book i am writing now, and the books i intend to write in the future.
I love novels, anything that has a story, a begining, a middle and an ending, whether good or bad, but most preferably good, i mean everybody likes a good ending, excluding my brother, up and coming film,/screen writer/director..who loves bad endings. beats me on that!
The book i am currently writing does not have a name, so excuse me for using the name "novel" as the name of my novel for now, until further notice..that is.
One thing i have noticed is that there aren't many Nigerian authors if there are any who have written about modern Nigeria. Nigeria today. I believe people know more about the past Nigeria, and have no clue about the present Nigeria. I intend to change that with my novel. My frist book, (ps:i say first because i will be writing more), the "novel" tells about a yoruba woman from a well to do family, married to an igbo man, also from a well to do family. It lets people experience the lives of "ajebotas" as Nigerians so kindly put it. "Ajebotas" more or less meaning the well to do people of Nigeria. It is about modern marriages, in terms of the way men cheat in Nigeria, etc, and also the way in which women in Nigeria handle unfaithful husbands.I also add in tribal, and cultural issues that we go through in Nigeria.
I call it modern becasue it has more of a modern feel to it. I am not writing about the past Nigeria or, the villagers, nor am i writing about how much suffering, in terms of impoverished citzens of Nigeria. Rather i am writing about citzens of Nigeria who are well to do, or atleast middle class. I believe that none Nigerians will be able to have a feel of what it is like to not be poor in Nigeria, how marriages with these people are, and the tribal issues we face in Nigeria, esp when it comes to marriage.