Funke Awodiya – Author of The Farmer’s DAUGHTER, Sickle Cell advocate and Social Campaigner
Our team at tellmystory.com.ng had an inspiring interview with funke Awodiya the author of THE FARMER’S DAUGHTER and social campaigner that is using the power of her pen to fight for the good of the society and the course of sickle cell in Nigeria.
Can you briefly tell us about yourself?
Funke Awodiya is a Lagosian of Osun extraction born in the early eighties. A graduate of Sociology (B.Sc.) Ekiti State University and (M.Sc.) Sociology University of Ibadan, Initiator of Safe Dreams Initiative dedicated to Sickle Cell awareness, active member Association of Nigerian Authors Lagos Chapter, member of Poets in Nigeria (PIN), moderator of PIN Online Photo Poetry Contest.
How did you discover your passion for writing?
My first muse as a poet was my father. I love my father so much that his death turned me to a poet. Funke’s passion for writing started in her early childhood days. She is committed to using her poetry to positively impact people and societies worldwide
What prompted you to write your book, The Farmer’s daughter?
The Farmer’s Daughter is a collection of socio-political poems reflecting my experiences as a human being, a woman and a Nigerian. One might be tempted to assume the poem which became the title of the book is about my biological father but there are so many Farmers’ Daughters around in metaphorical farms where our fathers’ yields alight in the mouths of termites.
Can you tell us about your social work and what you hope to achieve with it?
My dream as a social campaigner is to build network of Safe Dreams for the African Child and most importantly Sickle Cell Warriors. This I have started by starting the Safe Dreams initiative an initiative creating awareness for sickle cell disorders through poetry. Safe Dreams encourages non suffers of sickle cell disorders to pacify the pain with the pen, also sickle warriors are encouraged to express their pain, fears and support for other warriors through the arts (poetry).
How do you combine writing with your job?
The fire of passion for what I do keep going. I am determined to set aglow my world with my talents no matter what my challenges are. Also I have being blessed with wonderful colleagues and bosses who believed in my dreams.
What do you think government can do to encourage youth to develop their artistic talent?
Government at all levels can encourage artistic talents by supporting artistic endeavors by creating enabling environment and platforms. Schools should be spring boards for the art inclined students.
What challenge did you face when you were writing your first book?
Every laudable project face challenges. Having confidence in my work was my number one challenge, that I was able to overcome with interactions with other established writers. The challenge of reaching a targeted audience with my book was another challenge I faced. In all, it has been a wonderful experience to be a published author in a genre I love so much (poetry).
Your life’s philosophy?
Anything worth doing is worth to be done well.
Your advice for the youth out there?
Don’t give up on your dreams.
Find your passion pursue it.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
‘No live is successful until it touches other lives productively’
In the next 5 years I see a grown Funke Awodiya achieving more personal goals and positively influencing the lives of people in my life and the larger society.