- (Tell us who you are); place of Birth, educational qualification, what country you are from?
My name is Chioma Nnani and I am a storyteller. In a nutshell, I tell stories for a living. In this context, that means I am an author, editor, ghost-writer, blogazine founder, producer and presenter. I am also the CEO of THE FEARLESS STORYTELLER HOUSE EMPORIUM LTD. I was born in the city of Port-Harcourt in Nigeria. Some projects require my physical presence in one town or the other, but Abuja – the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria – is where I call home. I am Nigerian, I hold a Law (LLB) from the University of Kent in Canterbury, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Food Law from the De Montfort University in Leicester.
Were you excited about this whole business or was it your dream career?
It was definitely not my dream career! Growing up, I didn’t even know this existed – as a career. Yes, I knew there were novelists, but I never even considered that as something that was open to me. I knew actresses existed, and although I dabbled a bit, that wasn’t really something I wanted to do. I didn’t … there just wasn’t, in my experience, anyone to look to, who already had this … crossing pretty comfortably between different industries, as their career. But I’m excited about it, because I’m just excited about life.
Show us your products; talk us through your tracks, products or services etc.
I run THE FEARLESS STORYTELLER HOUSE EMPORIUM LTD and we’re a dynamic storytelling outfit. Although we’re based in Abuja, we also have clients from outside Nigeria.
Our product line and service offering(s) have evolved, due to demand, but have stayed true to the intent behind the company’s incorporation. So, we have different departments or units. The “Author Services” unit is to meet the demand for publishing needs, as well as those processes that come before actual publishing. So, we’ve got ghost-writing, manuscript preparation, editing, white labelling – even for magazines. So, the “Author Services” unit deals with literary stuff, from idea to tangible or virtual but marketable product. The eBook version of Forever There For You is getting published this way, it will be available by the end of the month [October]. The print version can be obtained on Amazon. I like to refer to it as a cocktail of love, sisterhood, religion, domestic violence, cultural clashes and friendship. Information on the progress and sale of the audio book version [of the book] can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and there are also other books being released between now and the end of 2016, by THE FEARLESS STORYTELLER HOUSE EMPORIUM LTD. Some of the new releases are mine, and the rest are by some new authors, that I’m rather intrigued by. To see excerpts of the books, sign up to the mailing list so that they’re the first to know about release dates, or find out more about this part of the company – log onto http://chiomannani.com/publishing
Then, there’s the “Office Angels” unit that helps businesses and private individuals increase their productivity, by doing some of the unattractive administrative work, so that they can focus on their real business. So, this one offers copy-writing, blog consultancies, speech writing, audio transcription services … basically those things you find yourself spending time on, because they’re important to your business – but they take you away from your real business. You can check us out at http://chiomannani.com/office-angels
The “Learning and Training” department creates and/or markets online and offline courses, seminars, webinars, and other training opportunities – as required by individuals and organisations. There’s a sale on right now, for The Fearless Storyteller Course; it’s a writing course, aimed at helping people become better storytellers. One of the best things about the course is that it’s a lifetime course, so you pay once and can take it as often as necessary. The course has been done in such a way that … it’s a combination of audio lectures and homework in PowerPoint format. If you follow the instructions in the course, by the end, you’d have created a strong story. For more information, you can visit http://chiomannani.com/learning which is also where our online store is located.
If you are after services like scriptwriting, or pre-production, production and post-production of screen, stage and audio material – the “Services To Media” wing is what you’re after and you can email email@example.com with an appropriate subject line. The website for that part of the company, is still in progress – but it will have links to replays of my radio shows, as well as other content.
One of the really cool things about the company is that through it, I get to empower people; I get to hire them, and see them grow. It feels a lot better and more authentic, than just giving them a handout. It’s that principle of teach people to fish, like you’ve learned how to fish. It’s one of the reasons that I also mentor people.
- How can one reach or contact you?
In lots of ways – I’m on social media: Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. On Facebook, my official page is Chioma Nnani, same as Twitter and LinkedIn. The website for THE FEARLESS STORYTELLER HOUSE EMPORIUM LTD is http://chiomannani.com/company and it’s got directions to the different departments or units of the company. So, for the “Author Services”, it’s http://chiomannani.com/publishing; for the “Office Angels”, it’s http://chiomannani.com/office-angels; http://chiomannani.com/learning for the Training Unit and online store; and http://chiomannani.com/services-to-media if you want to access “Services To Media”. My blogazine can be read at http://fearlessstoryteller.com and if you want to email me, it’s firstname.lastname@example.org