My name is Korede (pronounced Korayday) and I like to think of myself as talented and creative, but slightly confused. Confused because there are so many things I could excel at, but I don’t know how to choose.
Take my leaving science class for art class, for instance. It took me about a year to decide and only because I had to choose one.
I’m a Yoruba Muslim from Enugu State, which is weird if you know that a Yoruba girl should be from western Nigeria and not the east where Enugu is located. I like to say that I’m Yoruba by blood but Igbo by naturalisation. I wasn’t born in Enugu, but I lived there since I was 2 and only left after uni. If you know Nigeria, then you’ll know being a Yoruba Muslim in Enugu is like being a Somali in the UK. I think.
The environment I grew up in has undoubtedly shaped my thinking, behavior and attitudes. It’s probably also why I’m slightly touchy about identity issues. I published a podcast series in 2016 titled Yoruba Igbo Muslimah, where I highlighted what it was like growing up in a place where I was by every definition ‘a stranger’. You should listen to it. I intend to put up the episodes soon.
I’m in my early twenties and studying for a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication with a focus on Public Relations and Advertising.
I’m not a stranger to blogging as I’ve deleted quite a few blogs in the past (and unfortunately, lost some good content in the process). I probably started my first blog in 2013 or so, but since I’m often confused, I deleted it when I wasn’t sure what I was doing with it. My most recent and longest running blog is korayday.wordpress.com where I share mostly fiction, but I’ve decided to go self-hosted. Why? Well, because I now have a clearer picture of what I’m about and what I can offer to the world. Don’t get me wrong, there’s still a lot I need to figure out, but let’s say I’m in a good place now.
I love to tell stories in various ways: writing, speaking, visuals, photography and anything else that catches my fancy really. I hope you’ll enjoy the stories I have to tell and appreciate the medium I choose at any point in time. The first piece of fiction I remember writing was fantasy and I must have been about 10 or so. My mom found the piece on the computer and had to ask if I was sure I was the one who wrote it. Could it have been that good? 😀 Since then, my love for fantasy and more recently, sci-fi has only gotten worse/better. Sometimes, ‘weird’ is a better word for most of the stories I write because they’re just that and not necessarily hardcore fantasy or sci-fi.
Other than fiction, I’m a bit of a foodie; an adventurous one! I love to eat food, learn about food, cook food (once in a while), and think about food.
No one is sure where the Millennial age ends and when Gen Z begins, but some say 1994 and 1995 respectively. Now, I’m stuck somewhere in the middle because I can’t relate 100% to millennials and I share a few things in common with Gen Z’ers. Are you like me? Welcome! Here’s where I’ll share the what it’s like being stuck in the middle.
Ready? I am!
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