There are so many things in life you can be romantic about. Writing, unfortunately, is not necessarily on the list for me. Especially when, there is a lot of wrath and a deeply ingrained culture of corruption which rids millions of a better life daily. So you can imagine how I felt listening to Prof. Soyinka when he encouraged writers to always reflect what is going on and keep one’s writing truthful and youthful. This gospel echoed that of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at the 2015 Girls Write Now Awards where she gracefully reminds writers to “tell your story truthfully” and “forget about likability”. You see, life is honestly too short to be a shadow behind your words. Writing is such a powerful tool which has an unimaginable sphere of influence. Use it well - truthfully, and unapologetically. If you happen to be witty too, extra brownie points!