Franklin Ovie Ejemutah

Biography

Poet? Maybe...

Franklin Ovie Ejemutah has neither entered nor won a poetry contest. He has not been published in any literary journal or studied any creative writing course.

He sees himself as a guy who is 'writing about everything he sees before him'. (Lukas Graham's 7 Years lyrics) As the quote shows, Franklin is heavily influenced by music especially songs by artistes such as 3 Doors Down, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Coldplay, Nickelback, Tim McGraw etc.

He began his own writing in his early twenties initially as a means of coping with the realisation that it is a one-way trip from childhood to adulthood. Since then he has completed two poetry collections, A Poet's Path and Empty Pages, with a third, Faded Glory, in the works.

When he is not writing, Franklin is occupied with his day job in Instrumentation Engineering. He also engages in the public service work of enlightening people with spiritual and moral values.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Okokomaiko, a suburb of Lagos, Nigeria. It is a small and quiet town. I always remember my two favorite spots - a vast sandy plain and a small woodland near my house. I would often seek isolation in these places. Unfortunately, I didn't do any writing there because I started writing after we left the area. But the habit of seeking isolation stayed with me and that isolation is key to my writing.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in 2010 when I was 22 years old. I was pushed into writing by a Facebook friend, Nancy. I often posted lyrics to my favorite songs on my wall. One day she said: "It's clear you love lyrics, why not write your own?" l initially thought: "No, I don't have it in me!" But she persisted. She even added me to a poetry group. I liked it in there so I decided to give writing a try - and I'm glad I did!
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Franklin Ovie Ejemutah online

Twitter: @iam_frankleen
Facebook: Facebook profile

Books

Empty Pages
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,110. Language: American English. Published: October 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Empty Pages is the second poetry collection published by Franklin Ovie Ejemutah. It contains fifty poems in five sections. The poems reflect the writer's feelings on writer's block, pain, anger, depression, love, friendship and faith.
A Poet's Path
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,340. Language: American English. Published: September 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A Poet's Path is a collection of poems that reflects on life changes, grief, friendship, faith, love, disappointments etc. There are fifty poems in this book which are divided into five major themes. The individual poems address a particular concern or joy or hope sometimes all together.

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