NIGERIAN AUTHOR, CHRISTIAN ARTISTE, MISSIONARY, LITERATURE EVANGELIST
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Samson (Saheed) Opeyemi Fidimaye was born in Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria, in 1991, the second child of Oluwatoyin and Olabanji Ajasa Fidimaye. Though he grew up in Ile-Ife, parts of his childhood were spent in Ifetedo, Osun State, Nigeria, where his father worked as a teacher for over fifteen years, and in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria, where his father worked as the state coordinator of National Examinations Council (NECO) for more than a decade, before he was later transferred to the NECO headquarters in Minna, Niger State, Nigeria. His father is from Abeokuta, Ogun State, and his mother is from Ile-Ife, Osun State. His mother is a teacher at a government secondary school in Ile-Ife, Osun State, and she has been teaching for twenty-eight years as at 2016.
Samson attended Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Ibara, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria, for the greater part of his junior secondary school education between 2002 and 2003, having started at the now defunct Topmost Comprehensive College, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria. He then attended School of Science, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria, for his senior secondary school education, graduating in 2007. During his undergraduate years at Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria, he was involved in a number of literary activities, both personal and cooperative, including writing dramas for the drama unit of one of the university’s chapels. During his third and final year at the university, he wrote a personal weekly column titled “Scarecrow”, with the aim of correcting the habitual improper late-night-outs behaviour of the students who were drawing the ire of the school by hanging out with the opposite sex at late hours. When he was done writing, he would go and paste the write-up on the boards along a busy route of the school. During his final year, he was a member of Sketch-House Club, a popular literary and arts club at the university at the time.
Samson wrote and completed his first official novel, Godsend, when he was in 100 level, though the work did not get published until he was in his final year. However, this was not his first work. During his time at Nigerian Navy Secondary School, Abeokuta, he wrote and completed his first novel at the tender age of thirteen. Unfortunately, he misplaced the manuscript and not until when he was in his final year at School of Science, Ile-Ife, did he write another novel. But, lightning struck twice, and he misplaced the manuscript too. He graduated from Babcock University in 2012, with a second class honors in Information Resources Management (B.Irm), and went for his youth service the following year. It was during this period that he started learning to play the guitar and keyboard, though he would later settle for the former. Prior to this time, he had tried his hands at the keyboard, written a number of songs—mostly R & B—and he had recorded one of them in a second-rate studio. During his time at Babcock, he also tried his hands at rap.
Samson made his first manuscript sale, “The Blindfolded”, to Lasswell Books Services in 2014, but the novel’s title, on publication, was changed to “The Forbidden”. He also wrote and published a contribution to children’s literature around this period titled “Naughty Fred”, published by Apex Publishers.
In the middle of 2014, he commenced his masters degree programme in Managerial Psychology at OAU which he completed in early 2016. In a dramatic turn of events in 2014, he got employed as an Administrative Officer at Nigerian Meteorological Agency, Abuja, before the end of that year. However, none of these slaked his thirst for writing which was always a fire burning within him. Writing is his gift, he was born with it, he lives for it, but he does not intend to die with it.
Before he commenced his masters, he had spent six months writing “The Face of the Wicked”; his latest and most challenging novel as at 2016, and a work that has been regarded, in some circles, in the same mould as “Things Fall Apart” and “The Lion and the Jewel” by late Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka, respectively. However, since becoming a missionary, he has resolved to employing his writing talent towards the cause of Christianity and the truth as seen in “The Believer’s Dilemma: Questions that beg for answers”, a Bible-based book that reveals the unmistakable truths of the Bible regarding salvation, that can be found on this website.
Samson is a Muslim by birth. His mum and dad have been to Mecca as pilgrims and his grandfather was the chief Imam of Ile-Ife for decades. Samson had an encounter with Jesus Christ as a kid, often dreaming about Jesus Christ and he was always eager to listen to Bible stories. He used to draw the ire of his father on several occasions by sleeping with a Bible over his head during his teenage years. And despite the disapproval of his parents, he gave his life to Jesus Christ several times as a child, and got baptized in his second year at Babcock University. His baptism and frequent personal study of the Bible capped a dramatic turn of events in his spiritual life, having gone to an Arabic school and completed the Quran as a teenager. However, it was not always easy for him to practice his convictions and during his university years, he had to pretend to be a Muslim whenever he was at home for the fear of being reprimanded.
Prior to this time, he did not take Christianity too seriously. Before commencing his youth service, he finally wrote his parents, and thus, opened up to them after miserable years of pretense. All did not go well at first, but his family later allowed him to practice his convictions freely. Since then, he has had several other encounters with Jesus Christ and he now operates as a Christian writer, literature evangelist, health missionary and Christian artiste.
Samson is the founder of a start-up non-governmental organisation, Mission to African Neighbours (MAN), whose mission is to alleviate poverty and suffering amongst the less-privileged while bringing them to Christ, having left his position as an Administrative Officer at Nigerian Meteorological Agency, Abuja, Nigeria in 2016.
Samson is the 2012 recipient of the Association of Information Resources Management Students Graduating Class Award for the most talented graduating student, to the glory of God.