The Youth Should Respect Elders – Ike Boat

Could you introduce yourself to netizens?

I’m Ike Boat. My original name is Isaac Adjei Boateng. I was born on the 11th of June, 1984 in the city of Takoradi located at the heart of the western region of Ghana. I’m the fifth child among seven siblings. I went to school in both Western and Greater Accra, the capital of Ghana. I also learned German language at the Goethe Institute located at Cantonments, Accra.

What’s your nationality

I’m Ghanaian.

What was growing up like?

Well, growing up was like an undulating path of life due to the usual ups and downs of life as a toddler living on the suburban street of Amanful West, Takoradi, Western Region of Ghana. There were lots of unimaginable adventures as a young boy with many things in my mind.

You’re a poet. Why did you choose to gp into poetry?

Well, initially I started songwriting and studio recording sessions. I engrossed in poetry because I wanted to be different as the structure for songwriting looked similar to poems and Spoken Word acts. Also, there’s much fulfillment and passion involved in such creative writing acts.

Was there any objection from your parents?

No, in actual fact they were not even aware about my being involved in active creative writing as a habitual hobby.

Have you published any book?

No, not yet. But I have a manuscript and need sponsors to make its publication possible.

What advise do you have for the young ones?

I’ll counsel them to learn hard on a daily basis by reading, writing and practising what they’ve been taught. Also, they should respect their elders and leaders in the society.

Tell us about your happiest day, so far.

I have so many happy days in my life. However, becoming the first Ghanaian to win International Poet of the Year awards held in the USA in 2016 was the happiest day in my life because it was my third time of being a nominee for the award.

What about your most embarrassing day?

It happened recently. I was the anchor during a church service and someone snatched the microphone from me in front of the congregation. It was quite an embarrassment.

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