Novelist Ekow Duker relives his dynamic storytelling journey

Ekow Duker is an oilfield engineer turned investment banker turned author, but at the core he says he has always been a storyteller.

Duker explains that his winding career path has been influenced by the West African culture of always learning and "seeking knowledge".

His studies abroad led him to the oil rigs in many unique and challenging environments such as Libya.

It is there where Duker started writing about his first-hand experiences for the oil company's internal magazine.

He says his fictional writing skills grew from there, and he always ensured that his stories were engaging and compelling.

I remember going to the company headquarters in Paris and meeting the lady who edited the magazine. She wanted to see the person who was sending her all the stories.

Ekow Duker, author

Later he would spend his lunch breaks as a banker writing what would one day become his manuscripts.

It was just lots and lots of scribbling. I had the urge in me to write.

Ekow Duker, author

Duker self-published his first written works, White Wahala and Dying in New York, and the former was shortlisted for the European Union Literary Award.

He has since been offered a three book publishing deal with Picador Africa.

His latest novel, The God Who Made Mistakes, tells the story of Themba Hlatshwayo, a married man who is struggling to come to terms with his sexuality, among other complex challenges.

He says that he used the protagonist to explore the distance that exists within relationships as humans grow older.

Duker wrote two other versions of the book, which he had to scrap, before penning the final manuscript.

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