Meet Pelumi Salako (The freelance journalist and writer)


Arinola Be-Inspired✍🏽:  Good day our very inspiring audience, thank you for sticking with us till this time. As you all know, I am OSENI, Islamiat Arinola , your favourite online host.

On today’s session we have a young lad whose name is Pèlúmi Sàlàkọ́ and he writes from North Central, Nigeria where he presently studies for a Bachelor of Arts in History and International Studies. His writings have appeared or are forthcoming in Brittlepaper, Pulse, Jacarpress, HumAngle, Pallette Poetry, Agbowó, Down River Road, Memento: An anthology of contemporary Nigerian Poetry, elsewhere. He has been nominated for the 2021 Pushcart prize and is the third-place winner of the Bloomsday Writing Award organized by the Irish embassy in honor of James Joyce. He is the editor of The Student Union Literary journal, Zango Review and the Culture Editor at MoreBranches. He tweets @Salakobabaa

He will be introducing himself below.

Pelumi Salako: Hello, and thanks again. My name is Pelumi Salako a freelance journalist and writer. I am presently studying for a BA at the department of History and International Studies of the University of Ilorin, Ilorin.

Arinola Be-Inspired✍🏽: Can you please tell us some of your works as a freelance journalist and writer?

Pelumi Salako: My interest lies in the intersection of arts and culture — I am deeply fascinated by the stories lying all around us and how much they mirror us as people. I presently work as the Culture Editor at MoreBranches.

My poetry tend to gaze into subjects such as memory, loss, absence and more recently, loneliness.

Arinola Be-Inspired✍🏽: What is the inspiration behind your poem?

Pelumi Salako: I am led to believe that my poetry leans on the mundane. Or more simply, I try to give voice to the seemingly unimportant things.

Arinola Be-Inspired✍🏽: How do you cope academically?

Arinola Be-Inspired✍🏽: I mean balancing being a freelance journalist and writer with academics. How do you manage?

Pelumi Salako: Until the lockdown happened, I didn’t really settle into the idea of looking seriously at journalism although I have worked as a journalist with UCJ UNILORIN in the past.

The kind of stuff that I do does not exactly eat deep into my academic attention. Where I work, there’s a drawn timeline that pretty accommodates my personal life.

I guess the answer to this question is time management and planning.

Arinola Be-Inspired✍🏽: What is your advice to people out there who would also wha to be like you?

Pelumi Salako: I am a work in progress myself so I find this pretty hard. Since I have to say something, here you go.

I can’t remember where I first heard this but it is important for people who aspire to not lose touch with the self.

If what you seek is to be an artist, then you must dedicate time to study and practice.

Teju Cole says cliques will not better your craft. I think that’s the gospel truth.

Arinola Be-Inspired✍🏽: Any message to youths out there?

Pelumi Salako: I am a youth myself so this speaks to me also. Do what you have to do —do the work, go to the places where opportunities dwell, leverage on your network and privilege, fall in love, stay hungry.

Arinola Be-Inspired✍🏽: What is your best inspirational quote?

Pelumi Salako: I will leave you with something said by James Baldwin; Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced..

Arinola Be-Inspired: Thank You Pelumi for accepting our invite.

Pelumi Salako: It is my pleasure. Thanks for having me.


To the BIA family, thank you for sticking with us till now. We really appreciate you. Thank you for always.


See you next Wednesday.

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