Welcome to the world of an academic, teacher, lover of arts and author, Alexander Emmanuel Ochogwu, ready to embrace a world of peace!
“Omo” made the list of Daily Trust Newspaper ‘Most Anticipated Book of 2018’, amongst other pre-published recognitions.
I like music, musing, surfing, traveling, solitude and locked up in God’s Presence.I am focused, with an eye for excellence. I believe in me.I can CHANGE the WORLD : Alexander Emmanual Ochogwu
Meet #CreatepreneurAfrica,Alexander Emmanual Ochogwu Air Force Flight Lieutenant
Tell us what drives you?
The realisation that life is ephemeral and the value we add along our journey through this path is what matters.
What is your true passion in life?
To invest my personality by way of mentorship and artistic expressions, on others as much as I can so as to make the world around me better than I met it.
How did you find you passion and how old were you?
Finding my passion was accidental. I was barely twelve when I realised I had elements of creative writing skill. My classmates back at Nigerian Military School Zaria (A military secondary school in Nigeria) had rewarded me with gifts whenever I wrote love letters or constructed persuasive letters on their behalf, to their parents.
Knowing I was sought after gave me the validation that I had this skill inside me. Subsequently, I became intentional about it – did more studies about the art and began building my vocabulary library, as we used to call it back then.
What about your passion appeals to you the most?
The understanding that through writing and mentorship I can impart lives.
What drove you to make money from your passion?
Money is good, yeah. However, for me, money comes second place after my passion, which is to add value to my world. With my understanding that when one meets a need, reward follows, meeting a need is my drive. Money naturally comes as the reward.
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
As an amateur writer in secondary school, I had received gifts and cash tokens as appreciation for the work I did.
But since I took up writing professionally, I started getting paid for my work in 2005 when I wrote my debut novella, The Diary of a Boy Soldier.
What kept you going when you were about giving up?
The biggest challenge I had was that of external validation until I discovered that I had my own unique voice and had to stick with it. So I resolved within myself that I have a special skill that requires no further validation for me to operate within the space of my belief. This decision got me over the waves of discouragement and discontentment.
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
The realization that knowledge is inexhaustible and as such, the need to continually improve myself through learning from others so that I can give back to my downlines.
What do you have to say to all those who doubted you?
For all those who doubted me, I am grateful to them for making me excel above their doubts. They made me work harder and redefined myself to what I have become today, the very thing they had wanted to prevent me from becoming. They were a catalyst to this success story.
What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?
As a creative, you must be ruthless with your passion. You must be open to learning and abreast of trends in your area of interest. The world is not friendly enough to accept you with ease. So you must be up-to-date, proficient and competitive in the marketplace.
Strive to break through, create your own unique voice, and shout until you are heard. Additionally, you must identify what your true motivation is, and when you find it, nothing can deter you from achieving it.
Your true motivation should not be money. Otherwise, you may give up when money fails to show up as planned.