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Crown Feature: Meet Samuel Monye – The Winner Of Quramo Writers’ Prize 2017

We’ve read about lots of good writers, most of them old already. In a bid to introduce new writers, Quramo Publishing decided to organize a competition for unpublished writers. The competition was in two stages: the Quramo Junior Writers’ Prize for writers under 16 and the Quramo Writers’ Prize. Today, we’ll be meeting the winner of the Quramo Writer’s prize, Samuel Monye. Samuel is a corp member who won with the competition with his unpublished work, “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread”. Below is an interview with Samuel Monye.

Who Is Sam Monye?

ME: Tell me about yourself?

SAM MONYE : My full name is Samuel Onyedikachukwu Monye. I was born and raised in Warri, Delta state. I graduated from Nnamdi Azikiwe and i am a corp member in Ibadan. I love novels more than what would be natural for any guy. As a result, I write short stories, novels and I am also a spoken word artiste. I dabble into web and mobile development and I absolutely love cartoons.

 

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ME: What can you tell us about Quramo?

SAM: Quramo is basically an umbrella corporation, which up until about eight months ago, I knew very little about. I firstly encountered Quramo when I found the publishing arm of the corporation. They are literally the face of publishing in Nigeria’s future. Within the past months, I have been following up on their activities and for sure it’s evident they bear a vision to redefine literacy and mental emancipation in Nigeria and beyond.

The Journey To Quramo Victory

Samuel Monye was all smiles after he bagged the highly coveted award

 

ME: How did you get involved in it?

SAM: I found the ad on Instagram while searching for writing competitions and submission openings. I liked what I saw and I went for it.

 

ME: Did you think you would win?

SAM: A big part of me really did but I was also very realistic. I expected the best of the best to go for it as well and I knew I had to up my game.

 

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ME: What was your favourite part of the event?

SAM: My favourite part? Hearing my name being called as the winner! The drama was superb: the pace, the music, the atmosphere was perfect. It drew me in. That’s what I call a stage play. I was half enjoying myself and half fidgeting.

 

ME: What inspired “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread? ”

SAM: For a while I had been quite concerned about Nigerians and Africans who make the journey through the Sahara and Libya to enter Europe. I began studying and researching the life and challenges of these migrants and one day I found a beggar no more than eight years old. He was staring at a family and I later found out he had not seen his parents for years. And by God, it just clicked! What if it was a Nigerian boy lost in Libya? And that’s where the journey for me began.

 

ME: Are we going to read the full novel soon?

SAM: Yes you sure will.

 

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ME: Is there any lucky girl we should know about?

SAM: (laughs) no.

 

ME: How can our readers contact you?

SAM: On Instagram, i am @iamsamstro; on Twitter, i am @iamsam9000 and on Facebook , i am Samuel Monye.

 

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