Who Am I Outside of This Blog?

This post was inspired by a post on Amielle De Torres’ blog Love, Amielle which was equally inspired by a post on Trisha V’s blog.

It might seem hard to imagine that I have a life outside of reading books and writing my thoughts on them, but I promise you, I do.

Outside of this blog, I am a nineteen year old short story writer and aspiring author. At the moment, I am attending the University of Nigeria where I study medicine. Conflicting? Yes. But that’s a story I would hopefully get to tell some other day.

Back to my writing. In 2017, my short story Locked Doors Lead Melodies was published on AFREADA and went on to feature in the Best Small Fictions 2019 anthology. It is to date, my proudest moment. I can’t stop talking about it. No achievement of mine ever since has lived up to it.

I have other passions besides writing. When my nose is not buried deep in a novel or textbook, I enjoy listening to music. I used to play acoustic guitar in 2017 but I went off to university and forgot how to play. Now, my armstrong 39 inch sits in the corner of my bedroom coated in dust, a relic from a time I don’t quite remember. I still hate myself for that. But, yes, I love music. Music is life. I can’t imagine my existence without it.

My favorite band is Coldplay. I can listen to all of their albums and never tire of them. Everyday Life is my favorite work of theirs. I also enjoy Taylor Swift. Folklore is a gem. My favorite Nigerian singers are Niniola, Tems, Simi and AG.

I absolutely love film. I’ve always said that I would love to write and produce my own short film someday. I’m the type of girl that loves space flicks, the likes of Ad Astra, The Martian and Interstellar. Anything apocalyptic, dystopian or with a hint of disaster works for me. I don’t know why. I guess I enjoy picturing myself in such situations.

I am terrible when it comes to anything related to tech. I feel as if the world has left me behind in that regard. I don’t play any android games. I prefer board games like Scrabble, which is my favorite.

I wouldn’t consider myself a nerd (the grades don’t add up). I do think I’m a bit overenthused by books that reference historical events though (i.e. historical fiction/nonfiction). Historical books just appeal to me. Wait. I’m going on about books again? (lol).

So, anyway, I live in Abuja, Nigeria. That’s my hometown—born and bred. I am Igbo though my fluency in the language is not perfect. Besides Igbo, I speak English, Pidgin (yes, I’m counting it) and Spanish. I am currently learning Hausa and upping my Igbo fluency.

If wishes were horses, I would be a published author, touring the world and living my best life. Some of the cities I would love to tour include Seoul, Dubai, Rome, Cairo, New York and Melbourne. I’m just kidding. I would tour the whole world if I could. I want to see it all, experience different cultures and foods. I want to visit all the beautiful places I hear about and see on TV screens. I want to take pictures beside all the world wonders. Until then, I’ll keep reading about them in the novels.

Skills other than writing/critiquing? As stated earlier, I’m multilingual. I can also do a vertical split. I make gourmet indomie (which is really all you should need in life, no?)

More skills? Okay. I can type an average of seventy words per minute and I’m a serial organizer when I’m up for it (if a position opened, I would jump at being one of the Kardashians’ closet organizers). I’m also not entirely terrible at doing my own make-up 😉

And that’s who I am outside this blog friends! Feel free to contact me if you’re in need of my services.

Contact information:

Phone number: 08156347357
Email: ikeamarachi19@gmail.com
Instagram: @amie.ike
Twitter: @wordsbyamie

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Amarachi Ike writes from Enugu, where she is currently studying Medicine at the University of Nigeria. She is an essayist, fiction writer, blogger and aspiring author.

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