Why I wanted to write

Pius Adejumobi
1 min readJan 14, 2021

My Why

I wanted to write to correct societal ills because I believed that the pen is mightier than the sword.

Writers inform, educate and analyze the state of the nation and its economic policies.

The writing was also a means of agitation for the oppressed, a weapon used to fight endemic corruption, social injustice, and abuse of power.

I was a member of the writing club in my schools and we were the voice of the voiceless.

Growing up in Lagos Nigeria at that time I later discovered that journalism was a dangerous trade.

Journalists were kidnapped, murdered and some disappeared during the military era.

It came to a climax when the Editor-in-chief of Newswatch magazine- Mr Dele Giwa was assassinated by a parcel bomb in his house.

The assassination occurred two days after he was interviewed by the State Security Service (SSS) officers.

His last words were “They got me".

I had followed Mr Dele giwa for a long time and loved his narrative style of writing.

I became interested in journalism because of him. I could not secure admission into the Nigerian Institute of Journalism though I tried.

Instead, I applied and was admitted into the London School of Writing correspondence course.

I almost completed the course when I got admitted into College of Technology- Yaba, Lagos.

Mr Dele Giwa’s death cut short my enthusiasm for journalism.

I lost a fearless patriot and mentor, though we never met.

Many Nigerians lost hope in the country since that day.