Hello Ebi! Hello Fam!
Today I am going to interview my MC Amachi. I thought my future readers would like to know more about her – a bit of her backstory if you will.
ME: Hi Amachi. Thanks for taking the time to talk with me today!
AMACHI: No problem, sis. But you know (she whispered) we talk just about every day.
ME: True, LOL! First, I want to thank you for allowing me to share your story with the world. I’m sure they will love reading about your journey and those of your kin as much as I have enjoyed writing about them.
AMACHI: Of course. We are connected. I could not see anyone else bringing my story to life. I love the drawing by the way. But I must say, this process is taking longer than I expected. (Amachi lifted an eyebrow.)
ME: Trust. I’ll make sure that your story is sent to the right people. (I cringed) But I want to make sure it’s close to perfect before I do. Let’s move on. Can you tell my readers what your name means?
AMACHI: Well, my story is heavily influenced by my Yoruba culture. Amachi, which can also be spelled Amaechi, is not Yoruba but Igbo. It means ‘the child is a gift of God’ in English. I know when you began writing my story, I did not give you as much detail as I should have about my name. But I was still feeling you out. (she laughed) Not everyone is privileged enough to share in another’s story.
ME: Agreed. I continue to be grateful for the opportunity. Now, as some of my readers already know, you are an immortal, demi-goddess, seer, and occasional telekinetic. (Wow, that’s a lot!) You were not born with abilities but imbued with power from a kiss you received from mother goddess Yemoja. (Shout out to the goddess of the oceans for allowing me to include her in this story as well. LOL!)
How do you feel about your immortality and your other skills?
AMACHI: I believe you refer to it as a double-edged sword, and I agree. Immortality is a blessing and in some cases a curse. I will be there to help my kin but I cannot marry or have children. It hurts my heart to think of it. And I even questioned Yemoja’s prophesy and my purpose. But it would hurt all the more if I had to watch my husband and children die before I ever would. The death of my mother was painful, but when my Anti Zakiya died, I felt as if I would never recover. It’s part of the reason why I withdrew from my kin for so long.
My ability of sight and telekinesis is an essential part of who I am and allows me to be of great help to my kin.
ME: Sharing those deaths with you was heartbreaking. You’ve had plenty of emotional upheaval in your life. That also includes how your baba Sadiki treated you. Have you truly forgiven him?
AMACHI: To enlighten your readers, my baba (father) never accepted me as his child because he believed I was conceived from betrayal. He believed my iye (mother) cheated on him with another man. That was not the case, but he refused to see reason. I held a deep resentment for my baba for many years, even after he died. My anti’s dying wish was that I release my bitterness for him so I could open my heart and heal myself. It was sometime later, but I managed to do so.
ME: Glad to hear it! As your story moves on, we meet your descendants’ twins Akin and Kamau, seer Fela, the powerful Morenike, and the tortured Kioi. What are your thoughts on their journeys and your contribution to them discovering their purpose?
AMACHI: Helping them discover their purpose, helped me embrace my own. With each generation, my descendants grew stronger. There were times when I wondered if they would need me anymore. But as your readers will find out, my part in their lives was quite significant.
ME: Indeed. Some of the orisa were against humans having special powers. To the extent of trying to erase the Olorun (your people) from existence. What are your thoughts on Eshu and Oya’s attempt to destroy the twins?
AMACHI: Humans are not a threat to the orisa. Our worship of the gods is what keeps them relevant. Aside from the High God, they are beings of great power – even the lower deities. No matter how my kin grows in power, they will never be stronger than the gods. But Eshu and Oya saw it differently. Not much you can do about the egos of some orisa (she laughed).
ME: Agreed. You have sacrificed much for your people. According to the High God, interfering with fate is a no-no. Yet, you put your immorality on the line to save your own people. Would you do so again?
AMACHI: Yes, without question. As prophesied on the day of my birth. I would be the catalyst of change, a herald of hope, and a unifier of my people.
ME: Amachi, thanks again for sharing your time with my readers. I’m sure they now have a better understanding of who you are. Would you be willing to do another interview after your story is published?
AMACHI: With pleasure. Ibukun sis.
ME: Blessings to you as well, sis.
I hope you enjoyed the interview. I welcome you to comment and visit again in the future! 🙂