Growing up in a literary family

I interviewed Yewande Omotoso (author of Bom Boy, published by Modjaji Books in 2011) for my Mslexia blog.

During my interview Yewande spoke about what it is like to grow up in a literary family:

‘It was great to grow up in a literary family – if we had a question we had to go and look up the answer. My father is a writer but he is also a professor – as a teacher he values knowledge and books. It obviously made an impact on me. I love to read – if I could find a way to make a living by just reading then the writing would become secondary.

I am really sad – because I don’t think that children are encouraged to read these days. We were incentivised to read, we would get attention by reading – because my father would interact with us over the books – he wanted to hear a précis of the book we had read. So reading was an attractive thing to do. Both parents were very strong on reading and education though we are not all writers. My middle brother is an engineer but he is a big reader. It was a great childhood.

I was not treated any differently to my brothers when we were growing up. What I loved about my Dad was that he would buy me the Green Hulk comic for Xmas. There were no gender differences and I appreciate that’

My interview with Yewande for Mslexia can be found here:Yewande Omotoso and Bom Boy