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The MFA Chronicles: Adefemi Fagite

The MFA Chronicles: Adefemi Fagite

The MFA Chronicles blog series will offer perspective on the experiences of Nigerian writers who are currently on MFA programs, shedding light on the challenges and rewards of such a journey. 

Nigerian writers who aspire to pursue their writing dreams can gain valuable insight into the application process, program selection, cultural and language barriers, and how to overcome them.

This week, we’re featuring Adefemi Fagite.

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He is an MFA candidate at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. His works have been previously produced and published in Parousia Magazine, The African Writers Review, Apex Publishing, Protest through Poetry, Ebonylife Media, and others.

What motivated you to pursue an MFA?

Well, I have a background in the sciences and it appeared to me that I won’t be appreciated enough because of my background. I remember in a writing class I attended in Nigeria, I told them I studied agriculture as an undergraduate, and they were all surprised. Though it looks cool that an agriculturist can write, I knew I wanted more. I longed for a community of writers from different backgrounds. I wanted to learn what works and what doesn’t and I trusted an MFA would provide that.

How did you select the program you attended and what was the most challenging aspect of the application process?

I selected the school based on its credibility and also application requirements. A group on Facebook called MFA draft was also resourceful. The most challenging aspect of the application process was selecting the right writing samples to send in. I took my time to select poems that were strong enough to get me in. Also, I sent out the packet to my closest friends for vetting.

How has the MFA program impacted your writing and creative process?

Within the period I started the program I can say I have grown as a writer. The faculty is graced with brilliant professors. When I look at some of my works now, I can see immense growth and I am grateful for that. 

Who are you reading now?

City without people by Niyi Osundare.

What are your writing goals? What are you working on now?

I try to write at every opportunity I get. It’s not easy, trying to attend classes, teach, and grade but I am doing my best to write as much as I can. Some of my classes also engage me to write, especially the poetry and hybrid writing ones. I am currently working on a collection of poems on identity and immigration, also I have been plotting a speculative novel on spiritism.

What advice would you give to other Nigerian writers considering pursuing an MFA degree?

Put in your best when you’re working on your writing samples and statement of purpose. Find trusted friends to help you read and provide feedback on your portfolios. I also suggest they join the MFA draft group on Facebook

Interested in sharing your MFA experience with us? Please fill out the form here

About the Writer: Precious Obiabunmo is a graduate of English and Literature at Nnamdi Azikiwe University. She’s the Digital Content/Community Manager at Kachifo Limited. Connect with her on LinkedIn

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