NORTHERN NIGERIAN WOMEN ARE THOSE WOMEN WITH THE ZEAL TO SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGE THE NORTHERN WOMEN
This is Matan Arewa, a forum where we aim at showcasing talented and upcoming young Arewa role models to the world.
Am Aysha Chuchu and our guest for today is Murjanatu Umar Muhammad Maiyamma a mother, teacher, a creative writer (novel, poem,and drama).
MAF: Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
MUM: My name is Murjanatu Umar Muhammad Maiyamma .I am a graduate ,a mother, a teacher, a creative writer and also an entrepreneur. I live in Kaduna and hail from Birnin Kebbi .I have three children .My hobbies are writing and reading story,I also teach women how to do some small home product(coconut oil,humra,turaren wuta, kulachan, spices, curry, kurkum, dusting powder, shampoo, Vaseline, liquid soap,snacks, I also do fried rice for occasions and samosa,I want to start business In sha Allah and at last I am an oriflamer. I deal with gyaran jiki also.
MAF: How and when did you start writing?
MUM: I start writing since when I was in J.S.S 3 (2003)
MAF: When did you decide to become a writer?
MUM: I decided to become a writer when I took a course creative writing during degree program.
MAF: What have you written? (Books, Novels, Short stories, Poems, Quotes)
MUM: _I have written a Novel ,short story and poems so far.
MAF: What genre are your writings?
MUM: I write poetry ,prose and drama
MAF: What dress you to this genre?
MUM: What dress me to these genres is that I want to be part of all genres
MAF: Why do you write?
MUM: I write to educate and entertain
MAF: Is being a writer a gift or a curse?
MUM: To be a writer is a gift because is not all people that have this talent.
MAF: Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
MUM: No,because I started reading stories from primary readers since when I am in Nursery two but I can recalled I learnt so many lesson from them which made me behave as mature person
MAF: Which writers inspired you?
MUM: Among the writers that inspired me are
_Alhaji Abubakar imam
MAF: Who motivated you to become a writer?
MUM:It’s Malam Audi T Giwa and Asmau sada.
MAF: What’s the name of the first story you ever wrote?
MUM: My first story was in Hausa “sannu bata hana zuwa” and I translate to to English “Always a silver lining”.
MAF: How do you come up with the idea?
MUM: Idea just come after I watch a Hausa film around 2000,When I was alone I just start creating my own story from the male character Muhammad which I turn to Ahamed,but what will surprise people that time normally smile to myself, people start worrying what is wrong with me and my mum assumed that I am thinking of marriage,for long I don’t write on paper neither a book until later on I realise is better to write on book.
MAF: When you develop characters do you already know who they are before you begin writing or do you let them develop as you go?
MUM: I do let them develop as I go because along the way new characters emerged.
MAF: Tell us about your writing process and the way you brainstorm story ideas.
MUM: The only thing I do is to read,travel and mingle with people and that how my story begins
MAF: Do you write everyday,every two days, five days or as and when?
MUM: hhhh! If you see me write in two days definitely is for competition but honestly I take time in term of writing especially novel for Example a Novel I call Arabian men,it a year that I start it but is not up to two page,my sister even nagged and complain that I have a good story but I refused to complete. But for poem it take me one day for me to write 1,2_3 poem.
MAF: What are the challenges you’ve faced as a writer?
MUM: The big challenge I am facing is the financial issue to publish my works,then the society and the way they treat me ,I always want to be alone just because of creativity but sees me as mad and worrisome woman.
MAF: Do you target a mark of words /pages per day or week?
MUM: No ,I have never done that because when the ideas come ,it come like a drop of water.
MAF: Where do your stories ideas come from?
MUM: From books that I feel the writer didn’t complete, society and nature (picture)
MAF: What’s the hardest thing about writing?
MUM: The hardest thing in term of writing is Editing.
MAF: What’s the easiest thing about writing?
MUM: The easiest thing about writing is writing poem.
MAF: On an average, how long does it take you to write a book?
MUM: Writing a book take me a year
MAF: Do you ever get writer’s block?
MAF: Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
MAF: What is your writing style?
MUM: My style is simple, I use image,the plot is in chronological order and the character and setting look like in real life sometime
MAF: Do you write with Pen, phone or computer?
MUM: I write on book before I transfer to phone and computer.
MAF: Do you write Alone or in public?
MUM: I do write alone.
MAF: What tactics do you have when writing? (For example: outline or just write)
MUM: Before I use to write only but now before I write I must have my outline.
MAF: What are your book(s) about?
MUM: My books normally are base on problem and solutions(the problem in the society while some are pure fiction)
MAF: If you could spend time a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
MUM:Safari(It was just a dream),I will be happy because l love coloured bird
MAF: What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
MUM: The toughest criticism given to me was when I was asked to forget about the story I build in more than five years ,that is not satisfactory I became confused because I recalled pushing a lady beside me without knowing.
MAF: What has been the best compliment?
MUM: The best compliment is when I recite my poem on stage 2012 and people appreciated it.
MAF: What is the biggest surprise that you experienced after becoming a writer?
MUM: The biggest surprise so far experience after becoming a writer is the meeting of famous writers.
MAF: Are your characters based on real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
MUM: some characters are real while some come from imagination.
MAF: Could you tell us a bit about your most recent book and why it is a must-read?
MUM:My recent book is for a competition to me is must _read because it has a moral lesson to the society.
MAF: Have you thought about joining with another author to write a book?
MUM: Haven’t done that .
MAF: Any website or resources that have been helpful to you as a writer?
MUM: Reading Books and visiting educational website.
MAF: Of all the characters you have created, which is your favorite and why?
MUM: Najaatu is my favorite character. Because she respect her culture
MAF: Tell us a little about your plans for the future. Where do you see yourself as a writer in five years?
MUM: I see myself in five years as a famous writer all over the world.
MAF: What do your friends and family think of your writing?
MUM: Most of my friends don’t know about my writing and the few that knows some value some don’t but for my family they support and encourage me.
MAF: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
MUM: My advice to them let them accept criticism from anyone,critics isn’t hate toward your work but make you better.
MAF: What do your fans mean to you?
MUM: My fans you mean alot to me without you I can’t go further.
MAF: If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?
MUM: Catch 22,The author really tried.
MAF: Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
MUM: The most famous writer I met to me is Ahamed yarima because seeing him is like seeing Wole Soyinka ( He is a student of Wole Soyinka) And in the north is Zaynab Alkali
MAF: What do you think about the ebook revolution?
MUM: _The eBook revolution is good because most people spend time on social media but I prefer books at hand.
MAF: Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?
MUM: To my fans and readers thanks for choosing my works of fiction.
MAF: Who are your favorite writers?
Okot p’ Bitek
MAF: Who is your role model?
MUM: Zainab Alkali
MAF: Who is your pillar of support?
MUM: My father comrade Umar Muhammad
MAF: What’s your favorite day of the week, favorite food, gift, song, book and quote?
MUM: My favorite day is friday
My favorite food is rice and stew
My favorite gift is anything fancy
My favorite song is meaningful traditional songs
My favorite quote “a day without conflict is pleasant but a book without conflict is boring.
MAF: How can your fans and readers discover more about you and your works?
MUM: My fans and readers can discover more about me and my works on IG Murjanat8667 ,Facebook Murjanatu umar and my group (My poems by murjanatu umar).
MAF: What would you say about Matan Arewa Forum?
MUM: I say a job weldone ,continue doing what you are doing ,we have a lot of Northern women that have talent and not known, It only Allah that can reward you,Thank you
MAF: Who is a Northern Nigerian woman by your own perception?
MUM: To my own perception Northern Nigeria women are those women with the zeal to support and encourage the Northern women.
MAF: How did you get to be so witty, funny, and good looking?
MUM:When you say witty it my nature nature and I got it from my father ,most of my father’s children are funny but for me I am funny while writing .I look good with natural product of the North and product from oriflame Sweden.
MAF: Is there anything else you would like to add that i haven’t included?
MUM: I only want to say thank you for giving me chance to talk to the world of matan Arewa, I am proud of you.
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.