I've been an avid reader since I was a child. I read everything from Charlie and the Chocolate factory; a book my teacher gave me when I was 7 to The Odyssey, which I found on my grandfather's dusty shelf when I was ten. As much as I love reading it has always been more difficult to find books written by Africans with African characters, this is doubly true for children's books and for genres like fantasy.
This motivates me to write because reading about ourselves is not just a matter of self-esteem it's a matter of development. I look around the world and it's no mistake that almost all developed countries have well developed bodies of literature or that their books came before their development. That's why I write, so our children see themselves in the stories they read, so that our communities and countries will aspire to become their own epic stories.