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Women Who Write Books: Progress Oberiko

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In honour of World Book Day and International Women’s Day, I decided to celebrate women who write books throughout March. 

I held IG lives with women who write books, UK based authors, who shared the process of writing their books. These authors were personally selected and all offer something different – which is important really, as we are all multifaceted people.

I asked about their writing practice, what inspires them, and how they fit writing in around their day-to-day life.

About Progress Oberiko

I amm Progress Oberiko, a young lady, with a knack for writing and storytelling.

I am a strong advocate who believes in the use of storytelling for change, and I suppose this evidences the reason why I chose to do a Master’s degree in Media Practice for Development & Social Change–my most recent degree at the University of Sussex.

I make short Documentary films & Podcasts, I write scripts and articles, and I love writing about people’s lives, telling inspiring & relatable stories through life experiences. I have a personal blog that I have run for close to 5yrs now, and it is one of the things you will find me doing in my spare time.

My first book “Beyond the Usual” whose foreword was written by the former President of Nigeria–General Yakubu Gowon, is meant to inspire and encourage young Nigerians to engage in community development work and bring about positive change in society through their NYSC. I am also very passionate about issues relating to gender bias and domestic violence, this is also the inspiration for my latest ongoing project…

Q&A Snippets

Who are you and where are you based? 

“My name is Progress Oberiko, I am Nigerian, I am currently based in London. I am a writer, a journalist, a storyteller.”

When and why did you start writing? 

“I started writing from when I was 10, I started by keeping a diary, I loved to write about my first experiences, the first time I went to this place, the first time I did this, all my first experiences. I enjoyed the fact that I could communicate through writing. Because at that time I was a very introverted person and I didn’t keep a lot of friends, so my diary and writing was like my best friend.”

What inspired your writing? 

“I would say life experiences generally. I do a lot of self reflection, so when I think about things that happen, about events that occur in my life, I just have write about them. I take lessons about them and journal about them. That is the area of where I write from.”

Tell us about your book 

“I’m currently working on a couple of books. The one I’m very passionate about is about domestic violence. I just feel like many people do not know how to handle situations around domestic violence, they do not feel confident to come out to share it and get help. Nobody knows, some even die. I’m doing research, gathered stories that will together make a book.”

How did you make time to write your book, especially around your other commitments? 

“I write everything that comes to my mind, I could be in the shower and have to run out to go write it down before it leaves me. I write at night when I’m going to bed. If I experience something, I just write it down.”

What has written this book taught you about yourself? 

“Writing has taught me that consistency pays. Just following my passion, just being consistent, regardless of feedback, it is very fulfilling.”

What do you hope people take away from your writing? 

“Impact. I don’t write for myself, I like to share it. The reason I share it is for people to learn from it, for people to resonate from it, for people to take away the lessons.”

Advice for aspiring authors 

“For you to be a writer, you have to write. Writing is not something you just do in your head. It’s not something you claim and say ‘I’m writer.’ To be a writer, you have to write, continue writing no matter how stupid it sounds. Continue to write, continue to grow your craft.”

Watch the replay below

Tw: Reference to domestic violence incident

Connect with Progress

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