He is a poet, a songwriter, essayist and a fine artist too! Marial Awendit, all the way from Yerul, Eastern Lakes State, Republic of South Sudan is leaving no stone unturned....bringing back the WORD.....
He won the 2016 South Sudan Talent Youth Award and the Best Poet award in the 2018 Babishai-Niwe Poetry Award for African Poets.
The founding editor of Kush Poetics a forum for South Sudanese poets and artist has been published multiple times in a range of publications
- Kalahari Review
- Brittle Paper
- African Writer
- Praxis Magazine Online
- Best New African Poets 2016 Anthology.
He is also a humanitarian aid worker with Caritas-DOR, a humanitarian aid organization and the Secretary-General for Eastern Lakes State Youth Association.
Meet # CreatePreneurAfrica, poet from South Sudan -Marial Awendit
Tell us what drives you? What's your true passion in life?
I have the passion to create. To bring things to existence. I could do that best with poetry and other art forms available to my being.
How did you find your passion and how old were you?
The passion to create art has always been there but I was caught up in many academic pursuits. I was in medical school.
I started writing when I was financially unable to pursue Bachelors in Medicine and Surgery in 2015 and when I was depressed. The death of my father in 2014 and my brother the same year brought to me grief that I could only express through poetry.
What about your passion appeals to you most?
I am easily misunderstood so poetry says what I mean. I feel relieved. I make people argue with the more permanent voice, a poem.
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
I first got paid for designing book covers, writing titles, designing logos and writing short stories in 2016.
What drove you to make money from your passion?
I was asked to serve for fees and that’s all that happened. I also had to raise money to help me purchase books and writing materials.
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
I was about to give up writing in 2016 when my art attracted both positive and negative appreciation. I had lost 150 poems to a close conspirator. I was forced to reconstruct and actually thought of quitting but you know persistence will always have better results.
What motivates you every day?
I feel motivated by the impact my poetry makes on others. This has been fed back to me by many artists and literati who take their time to follow my work.
What do you have to say to all the people who doubted you?
Doubt would have been detrimental if I let it sap my confidence, belief and faith. Somehow those who doubted me gave me a push.
What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?
Focus on your work. Believe in yourself. Be original.