Why I wanted to write
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.