Poem: This Sinking Life

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Hold me please.

All I want.

That’s all I ask.

Ol’ me.

Just hold me.

Up.

From this sinking life.

Take me away.

From this dangerous sea.

Hold me.

No.

Not my hands.

 

Hold me by the heart.

And drag me away.

From everything

That’s holding me

Back.

 

(C) Ayeni The Great, February 2015

Why My New Company Is A Big Deal

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It’s 6AM in Lagos, Nigeria.

I’m sitting at my desk, looking back at the past few years of my life. I haven’t had much sleep, haven’t seen my kids in two days. I’m wearing the same clothes from yesterday.

But I’m not complaining. Instead, I’m actually grateful. 

It’s 6AM on February 27, 2015 – just about 11 years after I left the University of Ibadan with a third class degree. Just 11 years ago, when I was a hospital reject, a homeless and unemployable ‘graduate’.

It’s 6AM on February 27, 2015. Eight years and 14 days since I officially left paid employment.  I remember the day on February 13, 2007, my dad’s 63rd birthday, when I looked my boss in the face and said ‘actually, sir, I don’t think I want to work here anymore’.

It’s 6AM on Friday February 27, 2015, eight years and three months since I started what is now known as BHM. By now, I’m sure everyone knows the story of how we started with zero Naira, how we squatted for years and used my wife’s salary to run the business.

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It’s 6AM on Friday February 27, 2015, over three years since we crossed the $1m mark (yes, a big deal, for a little Lagos agency), nearly five years since we started our second business (Nigerian Entertainment Today) and the day we officially launch our third – ID Africa – a sexy company that will introduce new ways of helping brands and consumers use social tools to connect with those they care about.

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Debating Nigeria’s Future

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Interesting conversations going on about the general elections in Nigeria.

MTV Base facilitated a roundtable discussion that featured great minds from Omojuwa to Banky W.

You have seen MO Abudu’s interviews with the two leading candidates here. Gubernatorial aspirants have hosted endless sessions. But the Presidential debate that could have helped many make up their minds failed to hold, following a last minute pull out.

Quite sensitive time for my country and I believe no matter how much we want to sit on the fence, we all need to take a stand.

I have shared my views here in case you are wondering where I stand.

But then tomorrow remains uncertain…

Ayeni Adekunle & Sound Sultan at MTV Base Choose Or Lose Roundtable

Ayeni Adekunle & Sound Sultan at MTV Base Choose Or Lose Roundtable

Grand Art Exhibition – Against All Odds – Set To Hold In Lagos

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In celebration of Adaora-Zinno Orara who’s down with stage 7 cancer

 

Blackhouse Media and Mydrim Gallery  today announced a one of a kind art exhibition titled Against All Odds.

 

The exhibition will be showcasing the works of one of Nigeria’s most celebrated painters, Zinno Orara, in dedication to his Wife, Adaora-Zinno Orara, who is battling breast cancer against all odds.

 

Billed to take place from Friday 5 – Friday 12 December 2014 at Mydrim Gallery, 74B Norman Williams St. South West Ikoyi Lagos, the art exhibition promises to be one of the classiest the country has ever seen.

 

Born in 1965 in Benin City, the Artist Zinno Orara attended Government College, Ughelli and The school of Arts and Design, Auchi. He graduated in 1988 with a Distinction in Painting and Illustration. He also holds a masters degree in Philosophy.

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In Celebration of Adaora Zinno-Orara – the most beautiful woman in the world

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My mom never really liked Zinno Orara.

She liked the artist, his works, just like everyone else. But the man?

‘That boy is a braggart’, she would say, as music blasted from Bro Zinno’s Volvo. Often Lucky Dube; almost always reggae or soul.

But as he rolled up his windows and stepped out of the car, I imagined the girls peeping from their windows, ogling his huge shoulders and boyish face. They certainly loved the loud music, the blue Volvo, the man who drove it, his stutter, his sprinting walk.

But it was one who had him.

Aunty Adaora was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. Simple, yet sophisticated, confident, with glowing eyes and a bright smile. You could imagine it was in homage to her complexion that Victor Olaiya wrote that classic, ‘Omo Pupa’. You could imagine it was because of her, that Bro Zinno was so confident and driven and, in my mom’s opinion, a braggart. Rumour had it that he insisted on her being a stay-at-home wife because of her beauty.

Not that I saw a lot of grown, beautiful women in and around Okokomaiko, the Lagos suburb where we lived. Maybe she was not Miss Universe. Or even the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria. But in the entire six flats that made up our compound; from Seriki to Kemberi and Alaba; from Abule Aka to PPL and Ojo, none could hold a candle to her. And that was my world. Aunty Adaora was the most beautiful woman in the world.

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At X3M Ideas’ 2nd Anniversary Dinner

With Steve Babaeko at  X3M Ideas' 2nd anniversary dinner.

With Steve Babaeko at X3M Ideas’ 2nd anniversary dinner.

Glad to have joined my good friend Steve Babaeko and his team at X3M Ideas for the agency’s 2nd anniversary dinner on Friday August 29.

I’m very emotional about X3M, for many reasons, most not easily obvious.

But trust me – anything is possible, If you believe.