In this week’s exclusive, ZAINAB ABDULLAHI of Northern Literary Forum hosted another icon in a chat session; Salim Yau Nuhu, a poet, writer, motivator and potential surgeon spoke regarding his literary journey so far was enthralling, inspiring and motivating.
Salim Ya’u Nuhu was born at Katanga, Jigawa state, Nigeria.
He is currently pursuing his career in Medicine and Surgery from the university of Traditional Chinese Medicine Jiagnxi, China.
He obtained his earlier skills and certificates in Nigeria. Salim writes poems, short stories, novels and motivational quotes.
He is the author of The two books: The Willpower and Help me find out.
An excerpts from the discussion…
Q: How did you discover your talent? Was it intrinsic or extrinsic?
A: How about we call it both, Ma? Writing is as much closer to life style as it is to culture, I think.
Much more like being an extrovert or an introvert however, a lot of people have both the characters deposing on people and the environment they are in.
For me in particular, depending on some circumstances, I play well in both the situations however, I am particularly more interested in my self driving motivator of my writings of course.
My talent in writing is more like a natural thing. A boy in a primary school writing short stories, giving them to his Mommy to read, review and give him corrections, I assume it’s more like the writing thing discovered me than I did.
Q: Sir, what challenges are you facing as a writer?
A: As a writer, particularly to myself. I think time is crucial but it’s as well a limited resource.
However, earlier on my journey, despite being so willing to pay, finding the right person to guide me was a big hard task.
Q: Sir, Water or juice ?
A: I like water the most. However, what’s wrong in taking a sip of Fanta once in a while?
Q: What inspired you to start writing?
A: I think environment, Ma. I was a kid who left home (to boarding school) from the age of 10.
I assumed what I saw, what I learned, what I heard and what I assumed are a great deal in pushing my interest in writing.
Q: Have you ever thought of giving up along the way?
A: I actually don’t, but I am used to taking a long but unnecessary break.
However, during those times I am usually making short notes of my books and making the necessary rear research. Honestly.
Q: What are the ingredients you found along your literary journey?
A: If you mean some of the things that make a good writer, then:
• Humbleness to ask for help etc
• Accepting other people’s views/ideas
Q: What is that one thing you hate about writing?
A: I think, when I am looking for critic and no one is willing to tell me the truth. This irritates me a lot, Ma.
Eg: I am someone who writes and posts a lot on Facebook but then people don’t truly say what is supposed. Ma.
They, instead of telling you what is wrong with your writing, they give you some undue praises. I don’t like that. Honestly. I want to be told that I missed a comma, my writing is not that good, I used a lot of passive voices. Etc.
Q: Who is your role model and kindly brief us about the person?
A: I got lots, Ma.
Khalid Hossein is one (I didn’t say the best of them, please)
Khalid is a writer of many bestselling books, two of which are:
• And the mountains echoed
• Thousand splendid suns.
He was an Afghanistan but right now in America and is a humanitarian with a nongovernmental organization whose aim is to help refugees from the middle-east countries.
Q: Do you have a mentor? If yes, who?
A: I do, Ma. They are several though. I usually learn from any text I come across, from book to as insignificant as a post on social media, who knows if I had learned from your writings (if you do postings on Facebook and if we are friends?).
However, on a more serious matter, Paulo Coelho is one (but I didn’t say he is the best, Ma)
Q: What encourages you more to keep going?
A: • Maybe knowing that I am doing it for myself.
• Maybe knowing that writing gives me some hope, some comfort and a dream of a new tomorrow through the little light I lit with the top of my pen.
• Maybe the little push an author may get. Eg, imagine getting into an interview (for a work/job) and you go along with a hardcopy of a book you published.
• Maybe knowing that writing can as well be another form of sadaqa aljariya.
• Maybe knowing that the more I write, the more I would like to read for that’s how I would like to expand my thinking boundaries.
• Maybe I still write because my reasons for writing are so many to be mention, Ma. Maybe because it give me peace.
All the aforementioned reasons are but a little piece of the reasons, some can’t be mentioned for we can’t clearly know what a feeling is and the tricky thing is writing is a feeling. I think.
Q: What genre of writing appeals to you best, sir?
•Nonfictions: esp. Psychology books eg: Power of Habit etc
• Nonfiction: Business
• Fiction: Historical fiction
• Nonfiction: Research papers Writing:
• Historical fiction
Q: ‘Some’ security personnel violates human rights. They say “Bail Is Free” but they charge not less than a sum of Five thousand naira.
During raid, they pursue innocent people and in one way or another compels them to admit guilt.
My book needs feasible solutions for the aforementioned, so I need an appointment with the police department and maybe some other people —culprits in the cell if granted the opportunity.
What do you think?
A: You may instead just have to go for few clicks on social media to make some searches, buy some books.
Instead of thinking about interview for I am close to been certain that you may not get what you want from the interview and I am deadly sure that books and search engines can give you more than enough. Believe me.
Q: Do you have any plan of monetizing poetry?
A: Not poetry, but novels? Yes.
However, if I can have an aspiration to monetize novels why not poetry too? After all its a little sister and a big bro. I think.
Q: Sir! What are your leisure activities?
Please, I didn’t mention them based on priority.
Q: What is your Favourite writing quote?
A: Mine: I don’t have the best yet. Others, I am still reading.
I hope one day I would discover that.
However, on mine, I have a second thought on something I once said about 4 years that encourages people to have other options other than A and/or B. Because sometimes even the option C may not work.
Q: Lastly, what advice do you have for aspiring writers out there?
A: Take your time to find the type of writing you are interested in, read books from that said genre and start writing.
At first, your writing would go as fouling as a bad egg and that’s why persistence is a good thing in writing; it shapes and beautify it.
Thank you sir for honoring our invitation. It’s been a fantastic session with you, sir.
Thanks once again for the knowledge shared.
We really appreciate and hope to have you around some other time like this.