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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

SOS INTERVIEW WITH POETHICK SAMURAI

SOS INTERVIEW WITH OLAYINKA SAMSON AREMU (POETHICK SAMURAI), NEWLY CROWNED KING OF SPOKEN WORD POETRY AT THE ESTEEMED NIGERIAN WRITERS AWARDS (2017).

Can you introduce yourself to us? (Full name, State of origin, Marital status, Occupation.)


I am Olayinka Samson Aremu, the poethick Samurai. I am from Ogun State, Nigeria. Single but engaged. I'm a spokenword poet, farmer and hustler.


Kindly share what your childhood was like.

Growing up in a Christian home with pious parents who were devoted to biblical precepts is a little more than horse and rabbit stew, with living in a village where Yoruba norms and culture were rooted. As the last born of the family, I was very close to my parents, especially my dad. As a teenager with keen interest towards knowledge, I never seized bothering my dad (and elderly people around) with questions.  I learned the art of words and the fear of God from them.

What is your Educational Background?
I had my primary education  at Olaiya Nursery and Primary School, Ado-Odo (1998-2003), then got admitted into Ado-Odo High School, Ado-Odo in the year 2003. I'm currently studying Mass Communication at the National Open University of Nigeria.

We recognize you are a multiple award winning poetry slam champion and also congratulate you on your latest feat at Nigerian Writers Awards. Tell us how you felt, winning the highly-coveted award.
It was great. I never thought of it. I was really surprised. But then I look forward to greater heights.

From your bio, we found very unusual combinations like farming, poetry, media and chemistry. How do you align all of these, yet performing brilliantly in all?

*smiles** I watch the likes of Donna K and Dike Chukwumerije. Poets are hardworking people. There has always been a way. My passion is greater than me, it drives me on.
 Most of your poems hinge on morals, any hint on why?
Well, maybe because I don't like what our society is becoming. There is a high level of moral degradation and I want to speak to bring back the lost nature of mankind.


What inspired you into spoken word poetry performances?
I want my opinion to be heard. I'm seeing things that are making me feel uncomfortable. And poetry is the only medium by which I can voice.


What are your favorite themes?
I write as muse leads although I write to right the wrongs of the society. I write more on humans' moral attitude.
Who is (are) your mentor(s)
It's a long list but I won't fail to mention Graciano Enwerem, Donna Ogunnaike, Kemi Bakare, Victor Adetimilehin, Olumide Olulu and many others

SOS.JPGDo you have any upcoming spoken word audio/ video? If Yes, Please tell us about it.

Not really. But soon.

What are your plans for career, say in ten years time.
I want to be great. I want to be known for what I do. I want to be great.

What words do you have for your fans and mentees out there?
To those who fan me, may your nostrils never run out of air. To those who look up to me, I will try not to disappoint you, but remember, you are your own propeller (be yourself).

Thank you for your time.
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