We recently had a chat with Onyeka Nwelue – a popular Film maker and writer. He is notoriously known for his blunt opinions, rants and critic about things that spark his interest, most of which he dishes through his Facebook status.
He also just released his 2nd book in the past month today.
I think my artistic energy came from the fact that I was introverted. That sort of gingered everything and then, I found friends in characters in books and the more I read, the more I wanted to write. It became a part of me. – Onyeka Nwelue
Read full excerpts of the interview below:
What do you do?
I teach. I make films. I write: poetry, novels, plays, screenplays, creative non-fiction, novelettes, articles and songs.
Where are you originally from and where are you based right now?
I’m from Imo State in Nigeria and I am currently based in Athens, Ohio, living on the campus of Ohio University, where I am a Research Fellow at the Center for International Studies.
Why did you decide to become a writer?
I realized I was a writer at 9, but by 16, I was already established in that terrain.
I loved drawing and painting and creating artistic works with mud and clay as a child. It was a beautiful transition. From drawing, I started putting words to the illustrations I made. I created portraits of people. More so, I think my artistic energy came from the fact that I was introverted. That sort of gingered everything and then, I found friends in characters in books and the more I read, the more I wanted to write. It became a part of me.
Are you a full time writer?
I write all the time. When you say full time writer, I know you mean, if all I do is write? No, I make films. I teach. I also curate The Diplomatic Jazz Nights, which do not earn me money. It’s a free concert that I organize.
We know you just published a new book. Tell us all about it.
I have published two books in the past one month. So, which one? For the novel, The Beginning of Everything Colourful; it is book about two nameless characters – a Mexican musician and a Japanese business man – who are having a conversation at the transit lounge of Doha International airport. These conversations lead to their past and everything is the book. Then, The Lagos Cuban Jazz Club is new collection of poetry.
Your latest documentary ‘The House of Nwapa’ was recently nominated at the African Movie Academy Awards, How did that feel?
I felt good. I felt ontop of the world.
Now let’s talk about your sense of style. It is very different and unique to say the least. What is the inspiration behind it?
I am very strategic. Each time I have new work to promote, I find a way to merge the business of marketing with the way I dress. Also, I dress in a way that will draw attention to my person. All of these come to bear on the way people see me. Maybe weird and strange, but the truth is that you need a lot of guts and courage to be able to dress that way!
Describe your sense of style in 3 words….
Scary. Sensual. Sassy.
What is that favorite accessory that you cannot leave the house without?
Accessory? I don’t know, but maybe, my glasses?
Apart from the world of writing and film, what are your other interests?
I travel a lot. I listen to jazz, soul, and reggae. I am developing interest in sex as well.
Do you have a personal website?
Not anymore, but people can visit us at www.bluesandhills.tv
What are your future plans in the world of creative art?
I do not plan. I am very spontaneous.
Connect with Onyeka on Social Media:
Facebook – Onyeka Nwelue
Instagram – @Blackbaronofparis
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Author: MJ Junior
MJ Junior is the Creative Director for the TLM brand. He’s also an entrepreneur, model, Graphic designer and Fashion Enthusiast.
He hopes to be on the Forbes list 30 under 30 by the year 2020!