September Pick : Wings Of The Night Sky by Jessica Tagbajumi + Five Questions with Jessica September 19, 2019 – Posted in: Interview – Tags: Africa, African Literature, Culture, Fantasy, Fiction, Jessica Tagbajumi, Kawebooks, Lifestyle, Literature, Nigeria, Traditions, Young Adult
Our book for the month of September is Wings Of The Night Sky by Jessica Tagbajumi. It is a Young Adult Adventure Fantasy story.
When Omiete answers the call that takes her on a journey to a magical kingdom of Aondo, she is faced with a new reality and purpose – to rescue the Guardian of the Keepers who protect the Kingdom in the sky and ultimately defeat the evil Dadan and his horde of shetani who constantly threaten to plunge it and the real world into darkness. Omiete is faced with mind chilling vampire creatures, cunning spiders, and soul sucking mbala. As she unites with the Keepers and her animal guide, she learns she must tackle self doubt and crippling fear. Omiete finds friendship and Innocent love in the chaos.
Wings of the Night Sky is an imaginative piece for young adults and teenagers who in one way, are faced with life’s adventures – telling them that there is a will in their fear.
Jessica Tagbajumi is a fan of fiction specifically fantasy and her short story “Red Mud” was selected for the CFWriters Prize 2018. She works for Godrej Nigeria Limited as the Administrative Manager. She is also a storyteller for Kugali Media; a comics and entertainment company with interest in African stories. She is an avid reader and writer of fiction which she posts on her personal blog www.jessyburche.wordpress.com.
Jessica Tagbajumi lives in Lagos, Nigeria with her two dogs – Kim and Snow. She loves to discover new things and believes the world is bigger than you can ever imagine. Her keywords are – Write. Love. Magic.
We sat down to have a chat with Jessica. Enjoy!
1) Kawe Africa: What inspired you to write Wings Of The Night Sky?
Jessica: My inspiration came from the idea of superstitions before it grew into something bigger. I was also inspired to write about overcoming personal fears and doubts which is something I struggled with a lot as a teenager.
2) Kawe Africa: Ahh…Superstitious believes…Can you give examples of some of the ones you know and did anyone influence your world view?
Jessica: Oh I know quite a few. I grew up with older aunties from Benin and they have a ton of them. Don’t sit on mortar if you’re a woman so you can have children. Don’t cross an elder’s legs and if you do you have to uncross it so you can grow tall. Don’t answer your name in the dark, its an evil spirit calling (this one inspired my book). I can go on and on…
3) Kawe Africa: Why do you write for young adults?
Jessica: I write for young people because I believe they have lots of struggles and doubts. These problems might seem insignificant in the eyes of adults but everyday we see young people who are victims of depression because of feelings of inadequacy. I write for young people; to let them know it is okay to be afraid but also very important to have faith in themselves.
4) Recommend your favourite young adult fantasy fiction!
Jessica: What Sunny Saw In The flames by Nnedi Okarafor. It opened my eyes to the beauty of African fantasy and folklore
5) What do you think about the fantasy genre in Nigeria?
Jessica: It’s a booming genre. It is also quite misunderstood by those who really lack imagination. If it is properly tapped, It will create a fresh perspective from our regular stories.