Akinola Ajani is the author of Nigeria's first counter-terrorism novel Operation Game Change, he is also an undergraduate of quantity surveying and a poet who draws inspiration from pain, loss and the echoes of the night.
What is your writing process?
I usually take a walk or listen to the voices in the wind to find some kind of connection to the subject of my writing. I prefer to write in the night as the silence helps me connect with my inner mind. I pick a title for the book and I write the introduction, develop the plot and start the first few lines.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Godfather by Mario Puzo. The theme of the book was different from anything I had ever imagined before then and I found it both fascinating and educative in terms of the historical connotations of the story. It was a mind blowing experience and I never remained the same afterwards
Whispers from the soul is a collection of poems that chronicle the diverse emotional phases of life. Special people find a way into our lives and create moments that can never be replicated or forgotten. Love, pain, lost moments of true greatness all occur to test the limits of our souls and the memories remain a treasure to be treasured for eternity.