Meet Dr. Kingsley Enonjang a Writer and Pharmacist based in North Carolina. Here, he answers a series of questions that reveal a little more about who he is and what motivates him.
1. Tell me about your book?
“Trevor Goes to Africa” is the first in a series of books about a young African-American boy who visits Africa for the first time. He is from an African family who reside in the USA, and who decide one summer, to move back to Africa, specifically to a small village called Ekona in the South-West region of Cameroon.
The book is narrated by the little sister of this main character. The book takes the reader through the cultural changes that characterize a move to Africa from the US. While in Africa, certain circumstances bring Trevor (the main character) face-to-face with a challenge he feels he can do something about. His subsequent actions open the door for him to learn that things don’t work in Africa the way they do in America.
2. What made you want to write this book?
My kids – I like to read to them stories of cross-culture. I wanted an authentic story that has characters they could identify with. I wanted a story that reflects elements of my heritage. Such books are largely missing in libraries here in the US, so I had no choice but to write one.
3. Were any of the characters inspired by someone? If so, who?
My son inspired the main character. I imagined him returning to Cameroon and being faced with these different experiences and a changing world. I built the character based on how I think he would act in such circumstances.
4. What did you learn when writing this book?
Writing a full-length book is no cakewalk. It takes a lot of skill, time and imagination. I approached this project with an open mind though and the willingness to learn as I progressed.
5. How was the publishing process?
Publishing was much easier than I imagined. I was fortunate that I found a local publisher who allowed me to have input in the actual construction of the book. It was a tedious experience for them (I think) but a truly amazing learning experience for me.
6. What are the three things you are most grateful for?
a) The book is available for sale on Amazon, so my primary mission was accomplished at least for this first book.
b) My kids get to read stories with characters they can identify with, in a book.
c) I get to contribute in a small way to the brightness of Africa by telling positive stories about my homeland.
7. What is your message to aspiring Africans?
We are a fortunate generation, with options that could only be imagined in the past. We are the generation we have been waiting for. We have to take ownership of our future though, especially when it comes to our economics.
There is a social aspect to economics which we Africans seem to always miss as we journey towards deeper pockets. While our investments back in Africa may not yield the same financial returns as the ones in the west, their social impact within our communities back in Africa is enough to inspire a new generation of dreamers and transformers. Those dreamers and transformers are the people who change the world!
8. What motto or advice do you live by?
Just do it. Don’t worry so much about the result. What you learn through the process is what counts. Failure is always better than never trying. That’s a lesson we Africans need to take to heart.
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