OBJ, others celebrate UK-based Nigerian writer, Opeyemi
Saturday, 20 October 2012
From Left: Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic Of Netherlands, Mrs Nimota Akanbi; chief launcher, former President Olusegun Obasanjo; author of the book: “The Blue Ocean: Peace, Power, Prosperity” Miss Antoinette-Rita Opeyemi; her mother, Kehinde, and Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr Dalhatu Tafida, cutting a cake at the book launch in London, on Monday. Photo: NAN.
SEYI GESINDE writes on the achievement of a United Kingdom-based Nigerian writer, Antoinette-Rita Opeyemi, who recently launched her new book in UK.
AUnited Kingdom-based Nigerian writer, Antoinette-Rita Opeyemi , has launched her new book entitled: The Blue Ocean: Peace, Power, Prosperity in the United Kingdom.
The 21-year-old author, Opeyemi, who developed a passion for writing at the age of six when she received her first certificate for her creative writing in primary school, said she was able to realise on time that writing was an essential part of her life.
After this self discovery, six years later, precisely at the age of 12, Opeyemi received an invitation from the International Society of Poets for a convention and poetry competition held in Florida, United States and she won a Young Poet Award.
Narrating her experience to E2E, Antoinette-Rita, made it known that while growing up, she gained most of her inspiration from her mother who supported her passion.
She, however, said that the fact that her father’s presence in her development wasn’t there, gave her more inspiration to follow her dream regardless of the circumstances and challenges she faced when pursuing her career in creative writing.
Her belief is that even as a resident in a foreign land, the colour of her skin cannot deter her from realising her dream. “You can’t use the colour of your skin as an excuse anymore,” Opeyemi said.