Friday, 29 June 2018

An exclusive interview with a medic, poet and fashion designer!

Mimie: Please introduce yourself. 

My name is Anyanwu Ogochukwu Chidiebere, a 400 level student of the department of Medicine and Surgery, University of Port Harcourt.

Mimie:  Please could you tell us more about yourself? 

I'm the third of five children from my parents. I'm a Christian,  the present Academic Coordinator for clinicals for the Federation of catholic medical and dental students (FECAMDS) UPTH chapter and also a member of St.  Jerome's Lay readers association,  St Mary's Catholic Church, Alakahia . I love writing,  blogging, sewing,  sleeping, listening to cool music , cooking and watching cartoons. 

Mimie:  You're a writer, poet, blogger and a fashion designer. How did you discover these talents? 

Well for writing, it started a long time  ago since primary school. I was an active member  of the debate  team and press club and won inter school competitions. Same as in secondary school,  I remember  press club and jet club "dragging" me as their member and I had to belong to both because  I loved both clubs. I also gave moral talks which was almost  a routine  for every student to do in morning  assembly  in my secondary school, Altitude College, Lagos.
        I've loved sewing since  I was a kid. I noticed  I'd make dresses for my dolls and I had to pressure my parents to let  me learn how to sew and that's  how I learnt how to and trust me, it's one of the best things that has ever happened to me.
        Poetry was a recent thing. Started  writing poems in my year 1 . I remember writing and sending  it to a senior  colleague  then, now a doctor and he told me it was good and encouraged me to write more . Till date I still write and I keep getting better at  it.
Blogging  was a suggestion  a friend  gave and it stuck. We opened the blog together and that was how I started blogging. That is still a work in progress as I intend to get better  at it.

Mimie: You're a writer, poet and blogger but what exactly do you want people to know you for? 

Know me as a PDF - poet, doctor in training and fashion designer. Know me as a poet because  I'd use my words to spread peace, unity and love. I'd also use words to be a voice of the voiceless. Know me as a doctor in training because I'll treat  you right when I'm done and know me as a fashion designer  because  I'd make your outfits stand out. 

Mimie:  You have a blog: What is your blog about?

My blog, for now is all about  creative writings and adverts,  but newer features are coming  soon. 

Mimie: What kind of fashion designer are you?

On fashion designing,  I make Ankara wears for both males and females, scrub suits for both male and females, ward coats and I also design English wears. 

Mimie: Which one are you more passionate about: writing or fashion designing?

That's a tough one. I'm passionate about both. I don't  think  anyone is given more preference. 

Mimie: Which would you be liked to be addressed as, a Dr, a poet or a blogger? 

I don't mind  being address by my name though but if need be,  address me based on the senerio. A doctor in the hospital, a poet on stage and a fashion designer  when I make your clothes.  Simply put, PDF - Poet, Doctor in training and Fashion designer.

Mimie: How are you able to combine writing and fashion designing with your academics?

I've learnt  how to manage myself in time and I've always  had in mind  that my primary aim is to be a doctor  so no matter  how versatile I can get,  I don't let anything come between me and my studies

Mimie: One day, you would get better and go places but what exactly do you want people to know you for? Doctor/ Writer/ Fashion designer?

Like I said earlier, the senerio would determine what I'd want to be known for.   But I'd prefer to be known as someone that has touched lives. Other titles can fall into place later. 

Mimie: What advice do you have for us, students? 

Do what you  love and be happy.  Dream big and work towards achieving it. Discover your talents and don't let medicine make you only a book worm,  just spread your wings and fly high because  the sky is just your starting point. And above all,  put God first  and every other  thing  will fall into place

Mimie: Thank you for your time Ogochukwu.
  Thank you for the interview

Mimie: So that's all folks! Until the next interview, stay tuned! Who knows? You might be next! If you think that a particular person should also be interviewed, please comment or reach out to me. Don't forget to drop your comments too. Stay blessed peeps!