Hey you, thank you for taking time out to read this post because today on the blog you get to meet a blogger! First and foremost welcome to my Guest Feature Series! It’s super exciting doing this, I may not be *a huge blogger* but I do have a presence in the online community, well because of the love many of you give to me daily. and I intend to make use of it by also giving back the love to the community, by shining the light on as many bloggers as I can, because most of us deserve it and also you know make a stand on marginalization—fighting for what’s right.
Meet Ezinne, she is the blogger behind The Drunken Writer!
1. Hello Ezinne, please introduce yourself and tell us about your blog?
My name is Ezinne Virginia Ogwumah, I’m from Abia state, Arochukwu to be specific. I was born and raised in Lagos. A graduate of Abia state university, where I studied civil law. I started writing at the age of 13 but was always shy about it till a couple of years and started sharing it out. The blog “The Drunken Writer ” was coined out from the martial arts movie “The Drunken Master”. For me, the idea was to touch on life topics which are in the best of my knowledge and also share a few lessons from my personal experience.
2. What was the deciding factor that made you go “Yes I am doing this, I’m starting my own blog!” ? Are you passionate about what you post on your blog?
The deciding factor was boredom- I know weird right? So I was in a phase of my life when everything was extremely slow and dark, I became bored with my routines and all. So I said to myself, instead of me sulking and feeling frustrated, why can’t I start up a blog and talk about the things I have learnt and still learning. That way I inspire myself by inspiring others.
And I’m very passionate about it; because it has become a place to let off the stress steam… writing is very therapeutic.
3. How would you describe your blogging style and persona? How meticulous are you, when it comes to the conceptualisation up to the execution of your ideas?
Well, I can’t really say I have a style or a persona. I have always been attributed with enigmatic traits. So my style is fluid- here, there, everywhere.
Regardless of the fact that I’m quite flexible with my style, I’m very particular about the message- I have created contents from now till mid next year, which I go back to add, subtract or edit. My posts are always close from the heart.
4. What do you want and hope your readers to take from the content you share?
Knowledge and inspiration. That’s all! Life is hard already, due to the fear of backlash, a lot of people hold back on their opinions. I can’t count the numbers of time; some of my readers send me a message relaying how they were able to relate to what I have written. At first, it felt like a place to vent, but as the days go by, I’m happy to see that in my little way, I can bring light to someone’s heart.
5. What is your blogging mojo? How do you stay inspired and motivated to continue running your blog?
My mojo is life. Like I always tell myself “an original quote that is even framed in my room” – “the day I ever stop writing is the day I lose life’s battle”. Can’t stop, won’t stop. Writing for me is like breathing.
6. What is your long-term goal/plan for your blog?
The long term plan for the blog is for it to serve as a platform for future readers to connect and also purchase some inspiring and interesting books which I’m currently working on the low.
7. Who is your favourite marginalized main character? It doesn’t have to be from a book, it could also be from a movie, tv series, games, comics etc. Why is this character your favourite? Marginalization is the process whereby something or someone is pushed to the edge of a group and accorded lesser importance. This is predominantly a social phenomenon by which a minority or sub-group is excluded, and their needs or desires ignored. A marginalized person can be people of colour, the disabled, mentally ill, the lgbt+ community etc.
For me, I never use the word favourite, but I’m deeply attracted to the issues of mental instability, not just depression but the topic in a whole. May be plain curiosity but it’s quite interesting how no one ever sees through the fake fronts like I do. I used to be in those spaces, till I decided to get stronger and shake it off. I think it’s important that we find ways to make this growing issue tamed.
8. It is important that marginalised people are given platforms to shine and bring awareness to their movements and plights. If you believe so, why is it important to you?
I strongly believe in that, because it creates a sense of belonging to those involved. Most times, if not every time some situations seem like we are all alone and left out. Marginalisation helps to create that bridge to belonging, hear other people experiences and as a creative, infusion those experiences into their craft.
9. It is crucial that in whatever we do, we should always strive for both equity & equality, what advice can you part with, when it comes to using our platforms to give a voice to the marginalised?
The first thing is to come from a place of empathy. You can’t speak if you don’t feel- my personal opinion
10. Last but not least, what’s your take on the blogging communities? What has been your experience within the community?
Hmmm, well I think the Nigerian blogging community is more in the space of gossip and entertainment. For the lesser few, it’s so brilliant the type of talent that is spewing- I have a lot hopes and expectations from our current generation. It’s quite impressive. My first experience with the blogging community was with Olorisupergal
Here are some of Ezinne’s favourite blog posts.
I’m saying this because I’m not trying to tell you not to watch porn, or do some certain things. In everything, there is something to learn and how you handle that knowledge is what matters….
Self-value is important; it is the silent butler of a life. It is unconsciously self-introductory, and in any case, the wrong introduction could deny you a seat or set you several seats back….
You can find Ezinne on the Social Media sites, listed below, clicking on the various names, will lead you to her account.
You also can be featured, so everyone can also see your thoughts, I’m too lazy to change the questions right now, but I just might in future, but I’m still taking on people who want to be featured. This series I hope can go on until December. Here’s the link to all the information you need to know —> PSA: Sign Up for my Guest Feature Post