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When will I get married? Which company shall I work for? Do I have the right friends? Which church shall I go to? How can I become a celebrity?


In his book, London Life, Lagos Living; a collection of short Lagos-life observations turned ‘tales’, Bobo Omotayo uses humour to address some of the more poignant questions facing today’s upwardly mobile individuals.

Welcome to Lagos in 2011 or perhaps Lagos over the past five years. Lagos has quickly become a hub for the over-exposed, over-ambitious circles of young people seeking fortune and fame at any costs.

As the Nigerian music, film and fashion scene continue to make significant impact in the African continent and subsequently the world, its indigenes are adapting to this climate of excess – money, power and red carpets.

Young people have never had it so good. Today’s parents are not completely comfortable with their child considering a career in photography but they won’t throw you out. Many middle class living rooms have been turned into fashion consultancies with front-row keen parents waiting to celebrate their spring/summer collections.
Social networking has indeed connected Nigerians to their loves, interests, family and careers. We are all evidence of these changing times and popular social commentary columnist Bobo Omotayo has neatly addressed some of naija-izms facing young adults trying to navigate their way through the Metropolis.

“The same way a 16-year old is asking where I fit in, is the same way a 32-year old ponders over this same conundrum” says Omotayo

The book is made up of thirty seven short stories. Each story is easy-reading; the author’s writing style may be criticized by some literary giants for its colloquial and conversational style but the author has argued that perhaps this is the style which needs to be adopted to get more people to read.

“I disagree with the myth that young Nigerians don’t read, all you need to do is look at the high levels of activities taking place on the blogs. This reveals to us that it isn’t that we are not reading but you must present the information to us in a manner that is appealing to us” said Omotayo

The stylish glossy picture book has attracted interest from arty types as it features the work of some of Nigeria’s brightest talents from the world of design, illustration, photography and art. They include Karo Akpokiere (award winning artist), Osione Itegboje (New York-based graphic designer), Gbolahan Adams (234Next illustrator) and Folarin Shasanya (acclaimed photographer)

The book is out now in all major bookshops (including Silverbird and The Palms’ Hub Media stores) and selected retail outlets. There will be book readings across the country throughout the month of November starting with X.O. Wine Stores on the 18th of November and The Lifehouse on the 25th of November.

1. Bobo Omotayo is also known under the nom de plume ‘The Renaissance Man’. He has contributed as a columnist and freelance writer to several print and online newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, NEXT, BusinessDay, TW, and Bobo was a former weekly co-anchor on Nigeria’s 97.3fm.
2. The Book retails at N3000 (Hardback cover)
3. For more information on stocklist, book readings, etc visit or follow the author on Twitter @boboomotayo
4. The book was published by R&B.
5. For further information, imagery or comment, please contact: +234 813 060 5863 or email

Bobo Omotayo ( Author) - The Renaissance Man


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  1. Bobo, your book may be quite a read, but u’d hav to beat down d price if u want ur patronage to cut across all social strata, n not just d upper class. Pray, how’s it an average foriegn novel may cost 6 – 15 dollars, depending on volume n cover finishin, but the indigenous ones go way higher?

  2. Walt, I totally disagree. First your argument of international books costing $6 (dont know where you got that from so please elaborate) is totally unfounded. This idea that aspiring Nigerian writers should go out of work just cause they want a zillion people to read their work is just nonsense.

    Take note, the book is Hardback – when was the last time you were to Jazzhole or Terrakulture or indeed Debonair bookstore in Yaba – most hardbacks are over N3,500.

    Plus neither you nor I have actually seen the contents of the book – a friend bought her copy this afternoon and was telling me that the book is almost a picture book full of incredible imagery, photography blah blah etc. And there is high marks for the printing quality.

    So please rethink your closing question – “the indigenous ones go way higher?”. You need to be careful to start a class issue – this is NOT about class. If you’re a true reader, cost is NEVER the driver.

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