Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Meet Nkang Uduak, the author of The Mosquito Colony

We are expanding our reach this time, and we are lucky to have this amazing writer from Africa to join us today. Below is our interview with Nkang Uduak.

1.    Can you tell us more about yourself?
My name is Uduak Nkanga, and I  was born on the 15th of August, 1979. I’m the second child in the family of ten, and the first male child.
I attended Army Primary School, Calabar, between 1983 – 1988. Then I went to Commuinty Technical College between 1989 – 1994. I studied Civil Engineering in the Polytechnic of Calabar, and River State Polytechnic Bori, and obtained National Diploma and Higher National Diploma from both institutions respectively. I love to listen to Music, reading and writing. I also play football, teakwando and table tennis.

2.    What inspired you to write the story?
Well, the desire for a decent society inspired me to write the story. I grew up watching a lot of Hollywood movies and listening to foreign classic music. And when I compare what I saw in those foreign films and the lyrics in their songs with what I find in my immediate society, I usually come to this conclusion that people like me whom God has bestowed with the gift of creative writing should put pen and paper together to push for this near utopian society which we all desire.

3.     How did you come up with the Title?
Both the Title of the book and the idea or concept of the story is owed to a clergy friend of mine, Pastor Lubbert. While analyzing critical issues bedeviling our country, Nigeria, and indeed, that of the entire African Society, Lubbert introduced the idea of writing the story. He suggested two Titles for the story: The Mosquito Colony and The Mosquito Company, so I choose The Mosquito Colony.

4.     Tell us about your writing style how is different from other writers.
 To be honest with you, I wasn’t trained to write. I was trained to build civil engineering structures. But you see, each time I write for people to read, the response is usually, “Wow!” I have this natural ability to present to my readers the burden within me in a way no other writer would.

5.     Which book inspired you to begin writing?
The Legendary Animal farm by George Orwell.

6.    Do you think your new book could help the society?
Yes, it could help the society a lot. It could help Africans learn the culture of not throwing waste on the street. It will inspire them to take creativity and ingenuity serious. It could help Governments strengthen institutions, and parents bring up their children in the way they should go so that when they grow up they would not depart from it. It could help Africans eradicate mosquito and malaria that slay over six hundred thousand Africans annually, particularly children. It could help us raise leaders that will stand up to the challenges of leadership and followers who will play the part in pulling our society out of the third world realm; a people that does not settle for little.

7.    After this book, will there be another one? If there is, what will that be            about?
   Yes, of course. The Almighty God will inspire me. It’s going to be better than this one. But please, permit me not to let the cat out of the bag.

8.    Any advice you will like to give to aspiring writers?
Yes! Patience. Writing needs whole lot of patience. Writing needs a whole lot of reading. Writing is not only an act, it’s an art. You don’t just scramble something down just because you are in possession of a pen and a paper. You need to learn the art of writing.

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