Une version en français sera prochainement disponible. En attendant, voici un court extrait de l'interview en anglais:
In the early 70’s, Oku Onuora was sent to jail after being caught for armed robbery. While, he was in hell, as he calls it, he took journalism classes, and started writing because he felt the need to express himself and reflect what he was seeing in the hope that it would bring changes (Masouri, 2017).
When we asked Oku Onuora if he would have been writing even if he had not gone to jail, he replied:
La retranscription complète est aussi disponible en PDF ou en EPUB."I can’t say. That’s difficult. Wow! I can’t say. The kind of person I am, I was. Yesterday, today, tomorrow, I’ll still be the same. The kind of person that I am, that I was, would lead me along a path that probably more than likely I would be writing. I don’t know. Because that’s my mission. I would discover my mission.
You stomp me with that. I can’t say, but hell [ed: jail], actually situations that we come forward again, because we cannot escape it, actually bring forth latent spirits, latent talent. It brings forth your strength, bring forth what makes you strong. Experience does that. Just like this diabolic entity [ed: covid-19] that is causing pan-panic.
I can’t give a definitive answer. As I was saying, situations, experience bring forth the best in us, bring forth that which was hidden, makes us innovative, unlock our creative channel. So, I don’t know.
I’ve always been outspoken, always. The most dynamic way of being outspoken is poetry. Poetry, music, culture. Sometimes, I saw myself writing film scripts. This is even why I Dub Poetry. Today, I still work the potential of Dub Poetry. The whole process of dubbing is awesome, because my aim, and objective is to use the audiovisual medium to reach people. [...]"