It’s 2118 and you’ve arrived in Lagos for a book festival. When you step out of the airport, what is the first thing you see?
A rainbow flag.
You’ve been selected for a mission to the moon. Which African author are you taking and why?
Why do I need to take an author when I can write myself? They may not see things the same way I’m experiencing them. If it’s just for fun, I would take Chimamanda Adichie. I think I could use some of her wisdom and learn from her experiences.
What invention do you think would change the lives of Africans today?
An invention that allows women to have children without needing men.
Two things you’re doing when not reading or writing?
Thinking and playing with my dog.
To what extent has African literature envisioned an African future?
In my opinion, not to a great extent. We are very good at telling stories of the past and things happening presently. But we are not so good at giving people a future to imagine. Even in our films, it is the same thing. I think it is a genre yet to be fully explored.
What book do you think best captures Afrofuturism?
As I mentioned earlier, I don’t think this genre has been very well explored. However, ‘After the Flare’ by Deji Bryce Olukotun sort of comes close.
You wake up one morning to find that you’ve grown a pair of wings. What do you do?
Hmm! I would want to know how this came to be. Was it something I ate? Drank? Was it something I did? Is this a form of punishment? What am I to do with them? I need all these answers before deciding what to do. So, I’ll probably tell my girlfriend and we can discuss a way forward from there.
Name one book that made you think differently about the world.
‘Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading’ by Heifetz and Linsky.
What is the most difficult part of your creative process?
Putting the story together in my head.
What is your African dream?
An Africa that is inclusive enough to accept and welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer Africans.