Interview with Oluwaseun Ajiboye

Published 2020-10-09.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything that will add value to me. The fact that it is reading for pleasure does not mean I should waste it. I see it as an opportunity to add to my knowledge base. By so doing, I get to learn and improve on myself, with my value rising as high as it ever can be.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. In pursuit of purpose.
2. The presentation secrets of Steve Jobs.
3. The Amazon way.
4. The Warren Buffett Way.
5. How Successful people think.

These books have changed my life forever. They contain wonderful insights that really helped in one stage of life or the other. I am a work in progress, but I'm not where I used to be before reading them.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
It's a smartphone. I love things that are portable. It's a great idea to have several books available on one device.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in a small town in Ondo State, Nigeria. I moved to Festac Town in Lagos and later Badagry, also in Lagos. I am currently in Ilorin, Kwara State.
Exposure has always been an important factor to my life. My experiences over the years have taught me that nothing indeed is unachievable and no height is unattainable. With the things I was exposed to, I realized that the world needs heroes who will save the day, so I had to discover that hero. I discovered myself. And I'm helping some other heroes out there to discover themselves, through my writing.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing as a teens editorial board member at age fourteen. I participated in many essay writing competitions back them in school.
I began serious writing, with the mindset of publishing, in 2016, but I never got to publish any. I didn't even finish any of them. The Abattoir book idea was conceived this year (2020), during the Covid-19 lockdown, and then, I began work on it. I wouldn't have been able to publish it this year had I not researched how to publish on platforms such as Smashwords and Amazon. I was relieved, and then intensified my efforts to make sure that the book is published this year.
Your first book
My first book is The Abattoir: the Place Where the Ordinary Man is Translated Into a Hero, published in 2020.
It aims to help the youth discover the hero that they are and then walk them through the journey to becoming the hero that will save the day.
How do you approach cover design?
Like every other design, I approach cover design with simplicity. I keep things simple when I design. Then I tell a story with the design, and the story must be related to the book.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Networking...
Speaking with friends and family to speak with their friends, and social networking where you get to speak with complete strangers. Both create chain reactions that go a long way in marketing of books.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I realized that everyone wants to be great, but not everyone knows what to do. Those who wished to be great never became great except for those who took initiaves and worked towards being great. I have seen a lot of youths fail over and over again, and without making any headway on the journey to greatness. So I said to myself, "this has got to stop."
My latest book, The Abattoir addresses this issue. It tells the readers what they need to do to become the hero that the world needs, because the world is really in need of heroes---young men and women who will save the day and make the world a better place to live in, for themselves, and the rest of us. Most importantly, they need to go to the Abattoir and have the Abattoir experience which is process. Everyone needs to undergo processing and refining. That is what the abattoir is for.
What are you working on next?
It's a book in which I will be looking at the negative effects of exposure on the lives of youths across the globe, irrespective of race and colour. Exposure is a double-edged sword. It has the capacity to make us and or Mar us. We have to choose wisely what we expose ourselves to.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The knowledge that the world needs me. The knowledge that there are many destinies out there which are tied to mine. Knowing that my success is the success of the numerous people connected to me, both directly and indirectly.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I do a couple of things apart from writing. I'm a Global Youth Ambassador for Productivity and I work with NGOs as a volunteer. I have a blog and an online platform where I mentor teenagers and youths. I'm a designer and driving instructor.
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Books by This Author

The Abattoir: the Place Where the Ordinary Man Is Translated Into a Hero
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,020. Language: British English. Published: November 1, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Inspirational
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
The world is in dire need of heroes who will save the day and deep inside you is the hero that we all need. The Abattoir is capable of making you dream of becoming that hero who will save the day. But it does not end there, it promises to walk you through the journey to actualizing your dreams. The world needs you. Get ready. Play your part.