“…poetry gives knowledge to what’s known to others as madness.” Ekundayo Olatunde Daniel
Good evening sir. This is Personality Friday With Mimi. Can we meet you?
Good evening ma’am. I’m Ekundayo Olatunde Daniel. I’m a writer. I write quotes, prose, drama but mostly poetry.
So, how did you start writing?
Writing for me started enough to be called long ago. It started way back from my childhood, primary school to be precise but I stopped at a time because there wasn’t anyone to motivate me. I felt bad for myself and what I do.
I however started poetry in 2018 after reading a friend’s (victoress) piece of poetry. Something told me I could do something like it. So, I decided to give it a trial, using other poems as guidelines.
Lack of motivation made you drop it and motivation made you pick it up.
Poetry is one literary genre people give a lot of definition to. What would you say the art of poetry is to you?
If I’m to say what poetry is to me, perhaps a book would be published. Lol ..but I can say poetry is like an air I breathe in and it takes a stand in belly, making me filled with muse. Poetry to me is a life on its own. Poetry is me and it’s you.
Poetry I can say is a planet with wierd beings living in it called poets/ess.
And poetry gives knowledge to what’s known to others as madness.
There’s this saying that “poets are liars”. What would you say about it?
Poets are affirmatively liars. Yeah! Liars because the greatest truth you’ve once heard and believed is the silliest thing a poet would say and when he decides what’s the real truth to be true actually, he is considered “mad and the greatest liar ever lived”.
For example, I told someone “I can make you dance to the string I pull in my heart” and she called me a liar.
So, it’s just the lack of understanding of a poet’s diction?
Yeah, I guess.
There’s this writing challenge that’s been on, on the blue app (Facebook). It’s titled “I can’t marry a poet”.
What would you say about it?
I stumble across it too but most people on that blue just decided to write it for the fun of it and not what the challenge literary means.
Frankly, being married to a poet or poetess is a blessing because even in one’s storminess and cloudiness, he/she still tries to find you happiness in between each lines.
Sometimes, I just imagine myself as Soyinka’s grandson. That would be a great blessing because his God given wisdom I dish and dine combined with God’s given knowledge he has given me.
Being married to a poet is a blessing rather than the ancient unbroken curse.
What or where do you get inspiration to write?
Anywhere and anyhow. It could be from nature, life experience (mine or others).
Anything I write is the courtesy of people in my head.
So, what do you do when you ain’t writing?
I draw, cook, listen to music, play ball games and sleep.
As a lover of music, would you also say music is life?
Music is life because it touches all aspects of life and it helps in many ways.
If you were to describe art in poem, what would you say it is?
Art in poetry is the rhythmic flow one gets in between those letterings.
What would you like to say to other youths out there?
You’re the version of yourself. Always accept you for who you are and not what you think you are.