The inspiration for my books
‘How do you get the inspiration for your books?’
This is probably the number one question I’m asked all the time. I think that people think book ideas come in a spectacular fashion, when in reality, they come when I’m doing mundane things, like doing the dishes or sorting out the laundry.
But you’ve asked, and you keep on asking, so, here, in order of the most recent, is the inspiration for my books.
Looking for Bono
Looking for Bono, is out now featuring Baba, the quintessential anti-hero. He’s an illiterate 54-year-old with severe hygiene challenges who wants to meet musician Bono, so he can tell him to tell the Nigerian president to provide water for his community.
Looking for Bono is a chaotic romp of a satire based on my years as a human rights worker. Yes, it’s chaotic. Frenzied even, but it’s sure to provide many hours of rip-roaring laughter and fun for you and your loved ones.
PS: If you meet Bono, do let him know that Baba is looking for him #lookingforBono
PPS: Er, best read by readers aged 18+
My first book. Written when I became a Christian.
The story: the book was my way of making sense of sexuality issues in my new ‘community’. I had no idea that it would resonate so much with church women.
It was nicknamed the Christian Bridget Jones by the Independent on Sunday newspaper when it was published.
It’s been out for a good few years now. If I were to write the same book now, there are more than a few things that I would approach differently. That’s the beauty of life experience, spiritual maturity and writing experience.
The follow-up to Kemi’s Journal. Didn’t really do well. His story was inspired in part by a friend and in part by my time in Liberia, when I was a human rights worker.
Eyo’s story has been well-documented. But for those who do not know the story, it took me seven years from idea to publication.
The story: Eyo was inspired by my work as a human rights worker in West Africa. I wanted to raise awareness of the trafficking and sexual slavery of African children within and outside of the continent and Eyo was the result.
Gloria! The Archbishop’s Wife
The biography of Gloria Kwashi, friend of widows and mother to 100s of children in Jos, the Middle Belt in Nigeria.
Her story is a great one. She was born on the side of the road in northern Nigeria, and today, apart from being a “mother”, she travels around the world as a speaker.
You need to check out her inspiring story.
God Has Daughters Too
This is probably one of my favourite books. This was inspired by the Bible itself.
The story: I wrote it as a time when I was struggling with my faith and pondering on its relevance to my life as a woman living in this century.
I’m drawn to the dramatic; it’s the natural consequence of being a writer. And as far as I could read, the Old Testament was filled with dramatic flair, especially the women’s lives. And the more I read, the more I wondered why I ever thought their stories, challenges and life experiences were so different from mine.
I didn’t want to write a book ‘about Old Testament women’. I wanted to write a book that told the Old Testament’s women’s stories in their own words. I also wanted to give voice to the women who haven’t really had a voice in the Church and the wider world. Or, if even they had, I wanted to bring something fresh to the table. So, I chose Eve, Gomer, Zipporah, Leah and seven other women. Hint: if you want to know who they are, go buy the book ☺
God has Daughters Too resonates with many women, because it’s opens up the Bible in a new way and gives them a rounded perspective on what it means to be a woman of faith in this century.
Which ones have you read? Comment below!