I will never apologize for being unmarried at 70- Odia Ofeimun
Nigerian author and poet, Odia Ofeimun has averred that he will never apologize for being unmarried at 70.
The former Private Secretary to the late Premier of defunct Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, noted that he does not trust relationships that tended in any way to distract his capacity to function.
Ofeimun made this known in a chat with Punch.
“It is an irrelevant question. I always knew I would do most things in my life later. The amount of knowledge I needed in order to live the kind of life I wanted to live was difficult for me to acquire. I therefore did not really trust relationships that tended in any way to detract from my capacity to function as I wished to. I was bound to wait until I was no longer afraid that somebody would stop me from achieving the goals I wanted to. I so dreaded the possibility of not being able to do the things I wanted to do in the world, whether with a general relationship or with women. I ensured that whatever could tamper with my dreams was quenched.
“ I have never apologised for it and I will never do that because as good as the people you relate to might be, they may just not understand your dreams and if they don’t understand your dreams and you want to spend your life fighting, you have actually destroyed the basis for realising those dreams. Once I knew what I wanted in the world, I wasn’t going to let anything stand in my way. I have not quite become the writer I want to be but I assume that the labour I have put into trying to be a writer is enough to get me where I want to be”