This is a hard one for me to answer. I’m guessing it is because I have spent so much time connecting with my characters I don’t even know where to start.
The obvious choice will be Fatima. Her struggles as a sixteen year old Hausa girl caught up in power struggles of evil men. How such a young woman has to fight to survive despite all odds is a story in itself.
Then I think of Rekia, Kurum Daya, Joy and I go, there is a story there! Kadiatu, also. Where do I start?
The struggles of exceptional women are not the end of it, there is also men such as; the Old Man (a favorite of mine), Hassan, Terfa and of course Musa.
So what is my story about? Well without really wanting to sound like a promotional jiggle, read the book. It is better that way.
- Dan Agbeje
Musa, Fatima’s brother has to be one of my favourite characters. His story is also one of the most evolved in My Angel the Devil.
I also have to admit, the hardest to write.
As an author, our characters are influenced from several experiences and although Oz has allowed me to view Musa’s plight with openness, Naija forced me to give him a voice.
For me it is personal. Musa’s contributions I hope will one day be an inspiration to many and an opportunity for others to realize, understand and finally accept who they are.
Despite his conflictions, his pain and his fights, I hope I have done justice to him and others that relate.
Some people take a long time to make the plunge. For me it was always, ‘I will get there’, ‘One day’ and then ‘I should…’ Eventually, it becomes ‘Can’t be bothered…’
occasionally, we get an insight into what is ahead of us and at such moments, we can re-align with our aspirations. Being an author is one for me.
I have always wanted to do it but never really did. I do not mean just writing, but all the extra learning that goes into it getting published. Like, understanding the industry, knowing what options are available and finally deciding if you want your stories to be read.
Eventually, I got around to it and believe me once you get going it is very hard to stop. It is a daunting experience and requires dedication, focus and hard work. Most importantly, it requires support from all over the place, even from strangers.
I did get there in the end and all the input, criticisms and suggestions made my work even better than what it was. My gratitude knows no bounds to those who have helped, God’s blessings!
I do not know where the road will lead, but I like to think that getting to this point is an achievement. It was the goal I set for myself and I look forward to what happens next. I have already started another book and I am looking forward to having the experience with a new eye.
Dan Agbeje was born in Brisbane and followed his parents to Nigeria, where he spent most of his younger days. His first book, My Angel the Devil was published in 2017.