Yetunde Olanike Olasiyan is our guest on the 15 QUESTIONS Series today! Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you like to be a guest!
Yetunde Olanike Olasiyan is a freelance writer, blogger, a poet and soon-to-be author. She blogs at yetundeolasiyan.com. She has a B.Tech in Environmental Biology and MSc in International Affairs and Diplomacy.
She answers our HOT questions below!
If you were the President for one day and you have the power to fix one thing in Nigeria, what will it be and WHY?
Electricity is the major thing I would fix because the lack of it affects all sectors of the economy. It affects poor people trying to make a means mostly. There is little gain in their little business as it is. So, having to look for an alternative means of generating power to boost their business would further deplete their meagre earning.
Again, in general hospitals these days, so many lives are lost due to lack of electricity. I witnessed it firsthand about three weeks ago when I could not be attended to because of power outage.
What is the most annoying thing you have heard people say about women in Nigeria?
That women are all the same, especially where it concerns money or domestic affairs. They say women all reason the same way and they love money. It irks me to a great deal.
What is the one most important thing about being a woman that you would want your daughter to know?
That a woman is the best and most privileged of God’s creature. A woman has so many innate abilities that cannot be quantified. She can sense danger from afar, multitask, birth children through pain, be successful and very intelligent at the same time. No other gender has this rare gift possessed by women all over the world. She is the most blessed out of God’s creature.
Do you believe in gender equality? Why or Why not?
Yes I do. Because for a long time, women have been at the receiving end of backlashes, societal and cultural stereotypes, traditional man-made values that have robbed them of their value and self worth. No gender is superior to another. God created us equally.
If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year old, which would you choose?
The body of a 30 year old
What is your opinion of the Nigerian woman?
She is gradually evolving. She has started to take her place in life and in destiny. She isn’t brainwashed any longer to be overshadowed by a man’s achievement. She is taking responsibilities and attaining great heights in human history.
If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one special quality or ability, what would it be?
To be able to solve all problems of the less privileged around me. The young innocent boy hawking pure water who is out of school, the single mother who plaits my hair to support her boys and earn a living, the almajiris that sing wherever the car stops on my way to Zaria, those who need money to pay their medical bills.
If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know? Why or why not?
Knowing the future would make me anxious. It would set me on edge. It would make me lose the sense of excitement that comes with a giant stride. It would no longer be a eureka moment. I’d prefer for everything to be unfolded one after the other.
Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why?
My phone or laptop-contains the bible app I’ve grown to love so much, unpublished works, manuscripts, scanned results, ID cards etc. Although they are safely tucked away in my laptop too. So either the phone or the laptop.
If you don’t have to worry about making money, what would you do all day?
I would write and write and write. I would have time to write many manuscripts.
Read all titles of Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury and all the African Writers Series with a bowl of ice cream, puff puff, chocolate cake with electricity to browse, and write just for the fun of it.
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to? What happened that year?
“2001” The year I left high school, won a national essay competition(1st prize southwest zone), got a cash prize(first five figures made from writing), was shown on national TV, stayed in an hotel, then I made all my papers that same year. My parents were proud and of course, my mum was alive.
How do you think your friends would describe you?
I really don’t know. It’s up to them. People have different ideas about me.
Would you like to be famous? In what way?
Yes, a famous writer and blogger. Like Francine Rivers. And maybe a speaker.
Is there something that you’ve dreamt of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?
I dreamt of being a novelist/an author since I was eight. Later I dreamt of being a motivational speaker after Fela Durotoye and Kunle Soriyan came to my school. My first book is coming out soon and it is being pre-ordered. You can contact me if you’d like to pre-order as well. I started speaking / teaching on church platform last year.
Most of the writings on my facebook wall (Yetunde Olasiyan) bellanaija and yetundeolasiyan.com in recent times are motivational. People give me positive feedbacks on how it touched them.
Would you be willing to have horrible nightmares for a year if you would be rewarded with extraordinary wealth for a life time? Why or Why not?
No. I don’t even want extraordinary wealth lest I forget to look beyond this world. I just want to be comfortable. I don’t want to beg to eat. Like Solomon said “Give me neither poverty nor riches”. Only the blessings of the Lord maketh rich and add no sorrow or NIGHTMARES to it.