NDUBUAKU LYNDA is a Nigerian storyteller whose handle on Instagram is @WHITENIGERIANGIRL. Her stories are Nigerian related and hilarious. According to her, WhiteNigeriangirl was a name she purposely created, to draw people’s attention. Here’s an interview we had with her:
When I started my blog, all I could think of was a name that would get people’s attention. The first name was ”unimpededwriter”, the wrong pronunciations gave me sleepless nights. I prayed for God to give me a name that would work, a brand name that would stick. I’m pretty light-skinned and I’m Nigerian. So, the light-skinned birthed the ”white” and because I will always be Nigerian, the ”Nigerian girl” part came up. It was my blog name before I changed my Instagram handle to the same thing.
WHAT’S THE FUNNIEST THING YOU’VE EVER DONE?
The funniest- I do a lot of this a lot, but recently, I’ve been dropping bars in front of the mirror. This is the side of me no one would ever see. I always come up with the lyrics and rap to myself while getting ready for the day. Then hype myself because even Eminem no reach.
WHAT PROMPTED YOU TO WRITE EXPERIENCES FOR PEOPLE YOU HAVEN’T MET?
Initially, I wanted to know if this talk about all our African mothers being the same is true. So I decided to share stories of my development, the first one was very relatable to people and it continued like that. Plus, if I keep sharing my stories with just my family members, I won’t be the well-read and famous author I want to be. And people deserve good stories, so I have to give them
WHAT’S BEING A STORYTELLER IN NIGERIA LIKE?
I don’t know the particular word for it but it’s a good feeling. Writing stories people can relate to and having them send messages to you about their own version of your experience. It’s just like telling a story and having different editions of it from people who have things to add and remove.
FAIR ENOUGH. WHICH OF THESE WOULD YOU DO: BE A LAGOS BUS CONDUCTOR FOR A DAY OR HAWK GALA IN Traffic?
A conductor. I can’t hawk gala; I will finish it because I can’t come and kill myself.
SO, IT’S SAFE TO SAY YOU’RE A FOODIE?
Not completely, but I like food. A lot.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO SAY TO Thirteen-year-old YOU?
Hey girl, you’re doing it. You’re not there yet, but for the age, you’re at? You’re doing everything you imagined, well almost all of it. The funniest part? I feel you should drop those high school romance novels, trust me, maybe you should read suspense and horror and less or harlequin, silhouette and Mills & boons. Also, I love you.
SPEAKING OF NOVELS, WHEN SHOULD WE EXPECT ONE FROM YOU?
I think I should have my first book ready by January or before it. I’m still battling with a bit of imposter syndrome, but I would definitely overcome it. So, January.
DESCRIBE NDUBUAKU LYNDA IN THREE WORDS
Vain, smart, goofy
WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED ON INSTAGRAM?
It would have to be the numbers, but I’ve learned to look beyond it.
I come against them. I block them before they even find me. But no jokes, I haven’t been trolled on Instagram maybe two times, but then it’s not an Instagram issue for me.
IF YOUR LIFE WAS A HASHTAG, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I’m tempted to drop so many because one won’t even be enough, but then it would be #livingoncewhilelivingforever It’s also my life mantra