Ufuoma E-Ashogbon (a.k.a Ufuomaee), is a young professional, a social entrepreneur and the Founder/CEO of Fair Life Africa Foundation; a charity that supports underprivileged children.
She loves to write and tell stories on her blog, blog.ufuomaee.org ; she also uses this avenue to share her faith in God. She is known for writing Christian romantic fiction, with lots of drama and scandal, which challenges everyone to think about their lifestyle and choices. She is a mother of one, and she lives in Lagos with her husband.
We caught up with Ufuomaee and decided to ask her everything about food, because as a writer, there are certain foods that help us write better, and keep us awake at night.
Below was our discussion:
OKBS: Before we get into the real discussions for today, I’m curious about your Pen Name. Why did you choose to write with, Ufuomaee? And what inspired the name?
Ufuomaee: Well, it was just a play on my name. My name is Ufuoma, and the two Es were my initials before marriage, the last representing Emerhor. I kept the name because I like it. Now, Ufuomaee represents The Better Me. She’s not Ufuoma, in the sense that I hold Ufuomaee to higher standards if that makes sense. Like Sasha Fierce, she represents me publicly, while Ufuoma is who I am in private, as I seek to grow into the better me.
OKBS: Ok. That makes sense. So on to the main questions. Beans and dodo, or Rice and dodo, which do you prefer?
Ufuomaee: Rice and dodo. It hard to go wrong with rice *Smiles*
OKBS: Which food do you find yourself cooking the most?
Ufuomaee: Indomie and egg! My son is obsessed. He prefers sausage, but I’m trying to reduce his intake of that.
OKBS: Has Indomie and egg ever inspired you to write a story?
Ufuomaee: Not yet. LOL.
OKBS: (hahaha…) Ok. Have you ever had to slaughter a chicken?
Ufuomaee: God no! I’ve had to pay someone to kill the chicken that I bought in the market. It wasn’t cool. And the meat was hard, so I didn’t do that again.
OKBS: Wow! Why haven’t you slaughtered one yet?
Ufuomaee: I guess the phenomenon of me being so hungry and having a live chicken running about has never happened. I have had a hen chase me before for playing with her chicks. I was much younger then. I would have killed her if I had a knife handy! She was vicious!
OKBS: Lol. This reminds me of the words, “Mother Hen.” Anyway, if you had to write a story about a particular food, which food would it be?
Ufuomaee: The Day I Ate A Snake. God forbid bad thing, but it sounds like an interesting story. Apparently, snakes are tasty, but I’m scared to death of them. The story will tell of my triumph over the snake and how I gutted it and roasted it and ate it in victory.
OKBS: Yuck! Lol. Ok. As one who consumes so much mental energy due to long hours of writing, how often do you eat?
Ufuomaee: It’s averaging twice daily. I’m usually propelled by my hunger to seek out food in the day. I rarely remember to shop and buy stuff. But I usually have breakfast at least.
OKBS: Which kind of food and drink will you rather have by your side when writing?
Ufuomaee: Everything I like that is fast. Pizza, burgers, hot dogs, fries, chicken wings. No rice, because it’s messy and can get in the keyboard. No stew either. Definitely no soup and swallow. Orange and Mango juice is my favorite drink, if I have to buy one. Or we can do water.
OKBS: Since you’re a romance writer who focuses on Christian values, do you think a very well prepared meal is enough for two people to fall in love?
Ufuomaee: I’m trying to relate your question with Christianity!
Ufuomaee: LOL! In short, I’d say ‘Not a love that will last the test of time. Maybe infatuation or lust. I think maybe a series of these meals filled with good, deep conversations and a growing understanding and appreciation for the other person can lead to genuine love. But, anything can happen. I still believe in love at first sight and true love.
OKBS: Mention one character in any of your stories who fell in love after eating a delicious meal from another character.
Ufuomaee: Not within my story (An Emotional Affair), but I can imagine that Bolu fell head over heels for Lola after she cooked him his favorite dish, even without knowing. But they originally met at a Church Bazaar, and he was already smitten then. Just trying to appease you.
Thanks, Ufuomaee for creating time to chat with us. It was nice learning something different about you.
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