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with writer Ignatius Mabasa
March 18, 2010
interview with Ignatius Mabasa - Read and listen
yourself in five words?
I love people, I love listening to people, I believe that
there is potential in people. Let me just say that I'm a people
the best piece of advice you've ever received?
It's in the Bible. Love thy neighbour as you love
the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
Going to the Airport without my passport. I was late for
the flight and I accidentally picked up my son's passport.
is your most treasured possession?
My Bible. My favourite scripture is Mark 8 Vs36: For what
shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose
his own soul?
do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
have any strange hobbies?
I talk to myself as I'm walking. I argue with myself.
do you dislike most about your appearance?
I think we are all made in God's image, so I won't
say that there's anything I dislike.
is your greatest extravagance?
I bought perfume for 160 pounds, for myself. Something by Chanel.
have you got in your fridge?
Many things; left-overs, cheese, cold meats, orange juice,
water . . . those are things I remember for now.
is your greatest fear?
Dying and not having accomplished much. I feel I have achieved
a third of what I'm supposed to do. There are so many things
that I feel that I should do. I want to write more, I want to set
up a radio station, I want to start a Children's Centre .
have you got in your pockets right now?
I've got my car keys and my handkerchief.
is your favourite journey?
My dreams, only at times I don't know where they
take me. I get a lot of inspiration for my writing in my dreams.
are your heroes in real life?
My late mother. Looking back, especially at what she went
through, she was a single mother. She had to start over from nothing.
I look at what she achieved and did for herself and I think she's
somebody worth emulating.
and where were you happiest?
The first time I had my name in a newspaper article. I
took advantage of an opportunity for writers to share their works.
I remember the following Monday being mentioned in Davison Maruziva's
Scribes Scroll column. I felt that was a vote of confidence, and
having that happen helped to grow my confidence as a writer.
your biggest vice?
Those conversations I have with myself. I make nasty comments,
some of them very private and naughty. Often these become poems.
were you like at school?
I was shy and reserved. I didn't like the limelight.
I was always in a class with academically talented people, and I
was in the middle. I was happy to be drifting.
are you doing next?
I'm going to be a storyteller and writer in residence
at the University of Manitoba in Canada. I'm looking forward
to it, because I'm being paid to do something I enjoy. I hope
to come back home having finished my third novel.
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