James Wamathai is a writer, Accountant, Events Manager, Volunteer Teacher, Spoken Word artist and founder of Kenya’s most popular creative writing website wamathai.com. He is just a regular guy who loves reading, writing creatively, travelling, live music, football and has a phobia for water bodies and two wheeled contraptions.
We had a few question for him and here is what he had to say:
1. What was your first phone?
It was a Sony Ericsson T200. It was alright but it’s pretty ugly by today’s standards.
2. What do you prefer? Facebook or Twitter? Why?
On a personal level, Twitter. The flow of information is faster and the interaction is way better. When I meet someone from Twitter it feels like I already know them and we are continuing with the conversation we’ve been having online.
As a content creator and distributor, Facebook is really useful. I’m able to market to a bigger audience (there are more people there than on twitter) and I’m also able to cram more words into a link teaser.
3. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself owning a publishing company and possibly a management company for writers and performing poets. Also, I would love to set up an organization that mentors and teaches young writers. Most young writers today have no formal training.
4. Any questions for us?
If you could, what would you change about the world?
I’d get rid of money in all its forms. And drag us all back to the years BC while at it.
5. What would you do if you were president for a day?
I’d move all the Government buildings from the City Centre, Parliament and Nairobi University included, take them somewhere out of town, and make them easily accessible by high speed train.
I would stop accepting loans or grants from the West and try and make the country as self sufficient as possible. Aid does more harm than good you know.
I might not be able to do this in one day but I’d at least start the process.
6. What’s your favourite book and movie?
- Book: Children of Our Alley by Naguib Mafhouz
- Favourite Movie – Lock, stock and two smoking barrels
I’d like to add that I love English movies because they have such wondrous dialogue, and writers of African and Indian origin because of their imagination.
7. Who/what inspired you to do what you do now?
A lot of people but my Mum deserves special mention.
8. If you were to change jobs, what profession would you get into? Why?
Possibly something in film. I’ve always had an interest in it, especially the directing and screenplay part. Maybe one day I shall direct a movie or write a screenplay or even both.
9. If you had a super power, what would it be?
Flight. It must be exhilarating and liberating to be able to fly anywhere and at any time.
10. If you were deserted on an abandoned island, what 5 things would you want to have?
- A hunting knife
- A doll likeness of the person who left me there (so I can hit it when I’m depressed)
- A solar powered laptop (with music and e-books)
- Chess board (I can play by myself)
- Crates of Pilsner
11. If you were a car, what car would you like to be? Why?
The Audi R8 (road car). Because it is just awesome. If sex had wheels that’s how it would look like.
12. If you could be in any band in the world, which one would you like to be in? Why?
There is this up and coming musician called Louis Majiwa. His music is amazing. I’d definitely want to be in his band.
13. Anything interesting you would like to share with our readers?
Question everything. Seek every ounce of truth in an established reality. It is harmful to abide in a reality where no truth exists.