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 which cost N3,000 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.
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