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As we celebrate World Book Day today, I can’t help but reflect on my personal journey as an author. Writing has been a passion of mine since I was a child, and it has taken me on an incredible journey filled with ups and downs, challenges, and triumphs.

Growing up, I was a voracious reader. I devoured books of all genres, and the more I read, the more I fell in love with storytelling. I was captivated by the way words on a page could transport me to different worlds, introduce me to new characters, and evoke emotions I never thought were possible. It was no surprise that I eventually started writing stories of my own.

As a teenager, I wrote my first story, a young adult fiction that was filled with teenage angst, love, and drama. It wasn’t very good, but it was a start. I kept writing, and over the years, I honed my craft, attending writing workshops, conferences, and taking writing classes.

However, writing is not an easy road to travel. It takes hard work, perseverance, and a thick skin to be an author. I faced numerous rejections from agents and publishers, but I never gave up. I kept writing, rewriting, and submitting my work until finally, my first book was published.

Ajagbe Ayodeji holding a copy Reflection: rulers and preys
Photo credit: Omo Akin Photography

Seeing my book in print was a surreal moment. It was a validation of all the hard work, sacrifice, and dedication I had put into my writing. It was also the beginning of a new chapter in my life as an author.

Since then, I’ve published several books across different genres, and each book has been a unique journey. Some have been easier to write than others, some have been more successful, and some have been more personally fulfilling. But through it all, the joy of writing and sharing my stories with readers has never diminished.

On this World Book Day, I celebrate the power of books and the incredible impact they have on our lives. They educate us, entertain us, inspire us, and connect us to one another. As an author, I feel honored to be part of this world, and I am grateful for every reader who has picked up my book, taken a chance on my stories, and gone on a journey with me.

If you’re reading this, I encourage you to pick up a book today, whether it’s an old favorite or a new one. Celebrate the magic of storytelling and the joy of reading. And if you’re curious about my personal journey as an author, check out my previous blog post where I share more about my writing process and what it means to me to be an author on this World Book Day.

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