By: LoreleiÂ Kenny
Students have been schooled into thinking that they have to choose one or the other. The notion of deciding whether they are â€œleft brainedâ€ or â€œright brained,â€ has been subconsciously ingrained into the pedagogy. However, no one is fully â€œleft brainedâ€ or â€œright brainedâ€. Each person is complex and unique, with aptitudes for both sciences and arts. Students should not be afraid to engage themselves in both fields, moreover, they should be encouraged to build bridges between the two and learn how to make all their skills work together.
One student, Enesi Majebi did just that. Enesi decided to pursue both of his passions, engineering, and writing. He did not choose one or the other, he chose both. He chose to study engineering at UPEI but also found time to pursue creative writing at a serious level.
Enesi says he has always considered himself a storyteller, â€œI was famous in the family as a child for my exciting and grossly exaggerated stories.â€ Enesi has always had a passion for the written word and taps into his storytelling ability on a regular. He says he has a â€œcornucopia of stories in his headâ€ Â that he wants to share with others. His first publication was a dystopian short story called â€œWe Are Not Happyâ€ and his newest short story â€œSingularityâ€ which will be available this month.
Enesi writes whenever he has time, almost every day. At any point in the day, he will take out this phone and just write down little snippets that pop into his head. He is constantly keeping his creative juices flowing. He sticks primarily to short story writing because in the past his attempts at writing poetry have had little success. Nonetheless, the writing process is still a constant battle. Enesi says â€œabout 90% of the writing process is battling with writerâ€™s block. My brain works in its own time and gives me inspiration and ideas when it wants to . . . most of the time it doesnâ€™t cooperate with me.â€ Enesi explained that he has tried nearly everything to get over writerâ€™s block but in the end, he says the best thing to do is just it out.
Enesi usually collects and organizes all of his thoughts in his head first. For his newest short story â€œSingularityâ€, in particular, he says he â€œhad the entire plot already fleshed out in [his] mind before [he] wrote down the first wordâ€. Ideally, he would have liked to complete â€œSingularityâ€ in two-three weeks, however, it ended up taking about a month and a half. He describes himself as a â€œterribly slow writerâ€. Sitting at a desk for more than an hour drives him crazy, so he does most of his writing on his phone while pacing around his room or roaming around the house or on a walk.
You can find â€œWe Are Not Happyâ€ on Amazon and Google play now, and â€œSingularityâ€ will be released in before the end of the month.
To use the exact words of the author: â€œOn the surface, â€œSingularityâ€ itâ€™s the story of a young orphan trying to survive and make a better life for himself and his life being changed in an unexpected and not entirely appreciated way. But at its core, it tells the story of division, the danger of our over-dependence on fossil fuels. It is a look at the relationship between different cultures living in a country and it asks the question, as we continue to integrate ourselves with technology, at what point do we cease to be human?â€
â€œSingularityâ€ like all of Enesiâ€™s stories comes from â€œmaelstrom of random ideas and thoughts that bounce around in my headâ€, he says. It always starts as a sentence a mere thought and eventually grows out of control like a vine spreading and blooming into a full story. This story, in Â particular, came from pondering on the fall in oil prices and how it has affected his country Nigeria. â€œSingularityâ€ was heavily inspired by a science fiction anthology Enesi read this past summer called Diverse Energies, he highly recommends it!
Go read â€œWe Are Not Happyâ€ on Amazon and Google play now, and look out for â€œSingularityâ€ later on this month.
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