Author of the Week — Ife Olujuyigbe

Ife Olujuyigbe

An interview with Ife Olujuyigbe. Read our review of her book, Of Children Born To Us here.

LE: Hello Ife, please tell us a bit about yourself.

Ife: Usually, I describe myself as a storyteller, first.

Then I go on to say all the other things, like how I am Nigerian and Yoruba and was born and bred in Jos, Plateau but don’t know any Hausa because my ear for language isn’t the sharpest.
I studied as a Chemical Engineer at Obafemi Awolowo University. I currently live in Lagos.

LE: What you do for a living? Is writing your full time job?

Ife: I write ‘stuff’ and produce movies for a living.
Stuff here would be all sorts; screenplays, books/book manuscripts, film reviews, speeches, short stories et al.

LE: When did you start writing and what prompted it?

Ife: I started writing in primary school. It just seemed like the safest way to bare my mind, and when people began to see the things I wrote, I started to realise I was good at it.

LE: Are you currently working on any book and if you are, what is it about?

Ife: I am, and it’s a novel, and I’m excited. But I won’t give any real details yet. “Let it cook for a bit before we invite the neighbours”.

LE: We look forward to reading it soon. 🙂 Lastly, what are your hobbies?

Ife: I watch YouTube videos on a wide range of topics. I also Netflix. A lot. It’s like a job for me.
Generally, I just consume a lot of digital content, sometimes at the expense of sleep.
Then scrabble, yes scrabble. That one’s like a mild addiction.

Of Children Born To Us is Ife’s debut book.

Of Children Born To Us

She is on Twitter, Instagram and has a blog.