Artist Profile: Y’all, meet Sussane Odule.

Word are powerful, so powerful they can take you on a journey; they have the ability to heal, and when used correctly, they can make one immortal.

Those who know me know how special this poet is to me, so I finally decided to sit down with her and have a chat about her art.

Question: Tell me about you in relation to your art?

Sussane: I’m a writer. Well, I’m not really a writer. I mean, I am, but I’ve never been formally trained in the literary field; I’ve just worked to create a style that matches my words. And yeah, so… head down, changes subject, picks off nail polish.

Question: When did you start writing?

Sussane: My path into writing is a slightly unusual one. I was obsessed with books from a very early age. I was always a bit of a loner, and books became my escape from the world. I literally devoured everything I could get my hands on.
I think my literary aspirations began when I was about fifteen or sixteen years old. I couldn’t keep my hands to myself. I would think of different ideas and imagine things, then try to put them down in words. At first, it was difficult, because I had no idea what I was doing whatsoever. Later, I figured I had to try. I got a notebook and constantly wrote my own stories, poems and well, a lot of nonsense till It got filled up. I took it to school and a friend saw it then decided to read it. I really didn’t want her to read it but she did anyway and she seemed to really like the poems and stories. From there, it got to my classmates and even my seniors at the time. They all came to me in shock, asking if I really wrote everything. That was when I really started writing.
I still have some of those poems and to be honest, they’re not bad, haha!

Question: What made you start writing, and when did you start taking it seriously?

Sussane: Well, it’s just something I’ve always done. I’ve always been excited about books, stories, imaginary words, and people. I’ve always loved words and I think writing has always filled holes in my life and helped me understand where it’s all going. When I started writing, I went all in into it. I took it seriously and that hasn’t changed because it helps me explore as many of different variations of life as I can. I know it sounds cliche, but writing sort of gives you the opportunity to live more than one life.*

Question: What’s your favorite piece?

Sussane: I don’t think I have a favorite piece, but I seem to really like one which is:*

Sussane: It explains the feeling of sadness and loneliness, how a place you call home doesn’t feel like home.*

Question: What are the challenges you’ve been facing as it concerns your art?

Sussane:

  • Some of the major challenges I experience are:*
  • Writer’s block. This is what i feel when I find it difficult to write. I just don’t know what to write, I’m not in the mood and I don’t know when I’ll be in the mood.*
  • Lack of ideas. This can be really frustrating at times. I know I can write the poem or article but I don’t have ideas or points to write on. Another one is*
  • Lack of productivity. This is a huge challenge on its own, especially for people like me living in an environment filled with children or a busy and unproductive environment. Lastly,*
  • Lack of confidence. This is the most dangerous challenge I face from time to time. Being confident isn’t about just knowing my stuff, it is also about being ready to demand what I’m worth. For instance; not allowing myself get paid just anything but happily demanding what I’m worth, because I know my services will produce results. It doesn’t matter how skilled I am or how much experience I’ve got; I know for a fact that I won’t go so far unless I’m confident of what I have to offer.*

Question: How have you been able to overcome them?

Sussane: I haven’t really been able to overcome them. Sometimes, I stop writing for periods, but I can’t see stopping altogether no matter what, because I enjoy it so much. I have posed myself this question “if you were alone on a desert island and there were no more world and no more people, would you go on writing?” Supposing I had the pen and paper, I probably would.*

Question: What will you use to describe your art?

Sussane: My art can be described in many ways. I don’t even think I know all the words for it. I’m one who feels greatly and writes in different ways. But you could describe it as articulate, circuitous, compendious, conversational, declamatory, diffuse, emphatic, epistolary, flowery and gothic.*

About Banji Coker 155 Articles
Banji Coker is a Nigerian poet, writer and spoken word artist. He is the author of two poetry compilations, Just seventeen and October feelings.

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