#Spotlight: An Interview With Eclectic Bibliophile, Franklyne…
Welcome back to a super yummy episode of #Spotlight. I am so excited for you to read about today’s guest. I started following him on Instagram because of his honest-to-God book reviews and his smile.
I mean, look at that!
Anyhoo, I don’t want to ruin it for you by writing too. He is a lover of books with a very eclectic taste and one of the popular faces of #BookstagramNigeria
Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Franklyne Ikediasor AKA @that_portharcourt_boy . You NEED to follow him.
Where did your love of books /reading come from?
I had always read books as a kid, my dad encouraged reading. I also battled depression as a child and books were my happy place; loved to get lost in the stories.
As a book reviewer, do you feel pressure when you read books?
Not really, initially I used to be worried about hurting the feelings of writers and would think about all the efforts that went into writing the book. However, I think it is important for writers to get objective critic of their work; it will make them better. Now I am all about being civil and courteous but brutally honest.
What would cause you to stop reading a book half-way through?
Can’t think of anything really; I always soldier through a book no matter how terrible it is. I mean I finished El’Nukoya’s Nine Lives.
The most money I’ve ever spent in the bookstore at one time?
Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
Arundhati Roy’s God of small things; it was riveting. I was also not prepared for Naomi Alderman’s The Power; very electrifying (pun intended).
What’s your favourite under-appreciated novel?
Taduno’s Song by Odafe Atogun. I have read so many terrible reviews and I keep wondering how people could not see how metaphorical it was. It was almost spiritual for me.
If you could read in a foreign language, which language would you choose?
Xhosa; I hope I spelled that right (Yup!)
How do you feel about giving bad/negative reviews?
I used to be all concerned about the writer’s feelings, but these days it is “I said what I said” lol. On a serious note though, writers need honest critiques of their work; it will make them better.
Have you ever read a self-help book? Did it help?
Yes, I have, tbh not so much. I think I am typically weary of them so I may be reading them with a wall. I prefer Memoirs where people tend to share How I did it, rather than How to do it.
Genre you rarely read (but wish you did)?
What is your policy on book lending?
Not even my lovers get to take books out of my bookshelf, they all made peace with it.
Least favourite book you read this year (so far)
The stars are ageless by Omoni Oboli; totally flat and pointless memoir
If you could be born into history as any famous person who would it be and why?
I will give you two; Thomas Sankara or Baynard Rustin. Two men who came ahead of their time
What do you want your tombstone to say?
Men are trash…..so I can warn my sisthren and some brethren about the wickedness of men lol. On a serious note, however; Here lies Franklyne Ikediasor; Lover, loved, thoroughly missed.
You discover a beautiful island upon which you may build your own society. You make the rules. What is the first rule you put into place?
Equal rights and opportunities for everyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, class etc. A perfectly egalitarian society
Would rather sweat mayonnaise or have cheese for saliva?
Let me remain saliva-less
What is your guilty pleasure Disney movie?
I am 32 years old, please
Would you rather have free Wi-Fi wherever you go or be able to drink unlimited free coffee at any coffee shop?
Free wifi, with it I can always order coffee
If you were known as a strain of cannabis, what would your name be?
Anwuli which means Joy in Igbo
What is the colour of your toothbrush?
Is there anything you would like to add?
Still waiting for Kainene to come back
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