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FIFTEEN THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT AKINWANDE REMI (@APOLLOTHEYOUTH)

FIFTEEN THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT AKINWANDE REMI (@APOLLOTHEYOUTH)
Known for writing short poems, prose poetry and short stories, AKINWANDE REMI is a poet and author of two books whose handle on Instagram is @apollotheyouth.
Remi, who is private about his life on Instagram, had a lot to say in TIME OUT WITH TLM.
According to him, one can’t openly speak about agnosticism without being called a ‘paragon for immoral deeds’.
When asked what he’d pick between chocolate and vanilla, REMI enthusiastically picked vanilla flavor.
He also mentioned meeting Wole Soyinka and how the experience shaped him into what he has become. There really is a lot to know about the writer as our fifteen questions with him revealed:

ON YOUR BIO IS: “SELF- LOATHING IS MY PROFESSION” WOULD YOU SAY IT’S A STRATEGY OR REALITY?

Yeah, I haven’t really thought about it on a more extensive scale, but for me it’s just my reality.

WHAT’S THE CRAZIEST THING YOU’VE DONE?

I drained the gasoline in someone’s car because he was violently homophobic. It was a parked car and  at some party I didn’t even want to be at.

YOU WROTE A POEM SOMETIME AGO TITLED “RASHEEDAT’S SON“. WHAT’S YOUR STAND ON RELIGIOUS FANATICISM?

Well, I have a certain distaste for people with cult psychology. You can believe in something but when your dogma or doctrine hurts other people then you should probably check yourself.

WHAT’S BEING AN AGNOSTIC IN NIGERIA LIKE?

I can only speak about my experience. Honestly, it’s quite tiring hearing Christians say, “you are forcing your beliefs down our throat.” when churches own TV stations and billboards.

 You can’t openly speak about agnosticism in Nigeria without being seen as some paragon for immoral deeds. My parents are Christians and they are good and I enjoy so many verses in the bible, I’m just on the side of building more hospitals and schools over churches and synagogues.

I understand religion’s place in society, but people need to understand that not everyone wants to be religious or faithful and it’s harder to relinquish faith than it is to accept it. And not everyone had some traumatic experience that led them to agnosticism or atheism.

I believe in a higher power within us not above us

CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA?

Vanilla!

I understand religion’s place in society, but people need to understand that not everyone wants to be religious or faithful and it’s harder to relinquish faith than it is to accept it. And not everyone had some traumatic experience that led them to agnosticism or atheism.

AKINWANDE REMI (@APOLLOTHEYOUTH)

DESCRIBE AKINWANDE REMI IN THREE WORDS

Oh, that’s hard, but I would say flirtatious, anxious and creative.

“HE SAID THE THINGS I NEEDED MY INFANT EARS TO HEAR” THIS IS A QUOTE FROM YOUR BOOK, HOUSE 19. HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU MET WOLE SOYINKA?

I was thirteen.

OKAY. WOULD YOU SAY MEETING HIM IS THE BEST PART OF YOUR WRITING GROWTH?

No, I wouldn’t say that. I think the best part of my writing growth is in the craft of writing itself. Every cringe-worthy poem or story I’ve ever written or I’ll ever write teaches me something.

Meeting him was fulfilling, though.

SPEAKING OF WHICH, WHAT DOES WRITING MEAN TO YOU? WHY DO YOU WRITE?

This question is so hard to answer, but I’ll tell you what every writer probably wants to tell you… I don’t know why I write yet; I know that I have to do it, but I don’t know why yet. I don’t think I’ll ever know until the very end of my life.

The purpose of the art is many things I can’t quantify.

FAIR ENOUGH. SO DOES AKINWANDE REMI REALLY LOATHES HIMSELF?

Not entirely. I love myself too. I just hate my indecisiveness, my inability to take a compliment, and my hyper-awareness and over-analysis of simple things.

I know no one is flawless, so I’m learning to just live with those parts.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH @DEREKIMAGINES ?

 Oh, Derek is my fan. Just kidding. We are close friends. He’s amazing and sensitive and we met on Instagram. I like sensitive people.

SPEAKING OF FAN, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ABOUT YOUR FANBASE? YOU SEEM TO HAVE MANY PEOPLE FAWNING OVER YOUR WORKS. THERE’S EVEN A PARTICULAR LADY WHO ALWAYS FLOODS YOUR COMMENT SECTION.

 Whoa! I don’t have a fan base, the idea of having “fans” weirds me out and makes me a tad bit uncomfortable, but I see them as lovers of literature and art. I also sincerely appreciate the love of that lady.

It’s flattering.

WOULD YOU LIVE IN BANANA ISLAND OR AJEGUNLE? ONE IS NOISY, ONE IS COOL.

Funny enough, I’ve been to both parts and I don’t want to live in any. I’d pick a quiet place, though.

 YOU MENTIONED IN A COMMENT THAT YOU WARNED YOUR UNCLE AGAINST SMOKING AND HE EVENTUALLY DIED OF CANCER, WOULD YOU SAY HE DESERVED IT?

Oh, I never really knew him and he was more of a distant relative. Our relationship was static. But I don’t think he deserved it. No one deserves nature’s red right hand.

 Okay. REMI WHAT’S YOUR  BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT SO FAR?

People telling me things like “your poems and stories inspired me to do something artistic.”

That is my biggest achievement so far.

FIFTEEN THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT AKINWANDE REMI

FIFTEEN THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT AKINWANDE REMI (@APOLLOTHEYOUTH)

“You can’t openly speak about agnosticism in Nigeria without being seen as some paragon for immoral deeds.”

— AKINWANDE REMI (@APOLLOTHEYOUTH)

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FIFTEEN THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT AKINWANDE REMI

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