Meet an author: Tolu' Akinyemi
Tolu’ Akinyemi is the Lead Business Consultant of T & B Global Concepts Ltd, a Business & Financial Management Consultancy. A personal development and career coach and a prolific writer with more than ten years writing experience, he is a mentor to hundreds of young men and women.
1. How did you come about the titles for both books?
At the time I wanted to pick my book title, I spoke to my Dad (It might interest you to
note that he studied English Language and Literature/Letters at the University of Ibadan for
his Bachelors Degree), who advised me about the initial title I had in mind and a couple of
friends also advised me that I needed a punchy title that could grab a reader’s attention. So
many examples were thrown into the mix and from the samples, I was able to powerfully
come up with Dead Lions Don’t Roar, the title has made life so much easier for me and the
subsequent titles in the collections were easy picking for me as they are just a follow up in
the same series. My book titles are metaphorical in nature and they are to inspire us to find
our unique roar, bark, meow and growl. The titles are apt based on the poetic wisdom for the
discerning series which I am currently writing about and it was inspired by the need to see
people put their gifts and talents to positive use while there is still breath in them.
2. What’s your writing technique/ritual?
I write based on inspiration as I do not follow any specific ritual, I don’t write all the time however when my creative juices are flowing, I am always in my best elements. My writing ritual is more about spontaneity; however, my writing technique is usually to use words that evokes deep emotions, words that will challenge and provoke readers to take positive action.I write based on inspiration... - Tolu' Akinyemi Click To Tweet
3. In your poems; there is a lingering device, rhetorics, is this deliberate?
Yes, it’s a deliberate rhetoric of Inspirational poems, to help people find their unique roar, bark and spark and challenge readers to do more and not settle for mediocrity. That is why the poetry series is a collection of Poetic Wisdom for the discerning.
4. Your poem, Nigeria in Dead dogs don’t bark, tells of hope in our falling country. Are you hopeful that Nigeria, Nigerians will get through this?
I am hopeful that someday Nigeria will be a great nation, probably in my lifetime. However, with the current crop of leaders we have, that hope is only but a flicker. Nevertheless, impossible is nothing and Nigeria would someday be a nation we all can be proud of.I am hopeful that someday Nigeria will be a great nation - Tolu' Akinyemi Click To Tweet
5. In Opinions 2, you talk about reviews. Can you talk more about this.
I believe reviews are subjective in nature which I would buttress with the popular quote attributed to Roman poet and philosopher Titus Lucretius Carus (known as Lucretius)what is food for one man may be bitter poison to others so the fact that people give you a thumbs down on your writing does not mean you are not good enough or is not an indication that you won’t ever become a bestseller. On the flip side, objective reviews are a form of feedback which can help a writer become better. Growth is hard without feedback however the poem on opinions talks about the subjectivity of reviews and how we all have differing opinions. So, getting a negative review is not the end of the world as the same book might earn you a positive review elsewhere.