My Story

It’s May of 2017 and I had just completed my undergraduate studies. I was waiting for the graduation ceremony which didn’t take place until 2 months later. During this period, though I was working in a lab as an attachee (I studied Medical Laboratory Science), I wanted to do something more.

Growing up, I’ve always been curious and observant of people. I was the quiet girl in the room seated by the corner observing people. I’ve always wondered different things about life and why humans behave the way they do. I would write my thoughts down and share some of them with people closest to me.

My younger sister had started her fashion blog in 2016 and in her blog, she would share her thoughts about red carpet looks and also give tips on how to style different outfits. While waiting on graduation, I decided to start a blog just like my sister but instead of fashion, I only wanted to share my thoughts about life and human behavior as I experienced it.

So in June of 2017, I started “Quirks and Pearls” and like the name, Quirks and Pearls was a personal blog where I shared my thoughts as a result of personal experiences in life and I also shared my faith in Christ. I picked Quirks because I’m quirky (have you met me?) and Pearls because even though I am quirky, there is a beautiful and valuable side to me and the things I share.

In 2018, in a bid to be ‘serious’ about blogging, I became self-hosted and I had to niche down. Because of this, I settled for a niche closer to the reason for starting my blog in the first place and Mental Health and Psychology made sense to me. I also had to change my blog name and I changed it to what you see now; ‘The Royal Deviant’.

What kind of name is ‘The Royal Deviant’?

When I mention The Royal Deviant, people would usually ask me ‘what kind of name is The Royal Deviant’?

You see, The Royal deviant came from the scripture, 1 Peter 2:9

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light

1 Peter 2:9

I have been called to something more, I come from a royal lineage and I definitely deviate from the norm, plus I’m weird, therefore the name, The Royal Deviant, TRD for short.

What changed?

Late last year (2021), I realized that I had lost the purpose for which I started the blog. I hardly posted anything and I wasn’t sure I wanted to keep writing about mental health and psychology. Before that, I had struggled a lot with blogging and I kept redefining my blog from mental health and psychology to human behavior and human relationship and now, I have circled back to the main reason I started this blog in the first place, which is to simply share my thoughts and experiences about living in this world and how they have shaped the way I view life.

In 2022, I decided to take that step back and here I am.

To properly introduce myself,

Hello, my name is Odinakachukwu M. Ndukwe (call me Odinaka) and I’m just a simple Christian girl trying to share what she knows and thinks about life and human behavior as she experiences it. To know more about me professionally, click here.

I am pleased to have you here and share my space with you 🙂