Blog Tour: Tolu A. Akinyemi on writing “Dead Lions Don’t Roar” and “Dead Dogs Don’t Bark”

Welcome to the blog tour for Tolu Akinyemi’s Dead Lions Don’t Roar and Dead Dogs Don’t Bark. I had a chat with the poet on his books and other interesting topics. Enjoy!

The titles of your two books are quite interesting and unique. What inspired them?

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.

What was the writing process like? What part of writing the books will you always remember fondly?

The writing process was very much straight-forward as I knew the message I wanted to convey, and I tried my best not to change my approach. I think the best part of the writing journey I will always remember is seeing the books in print. That was an absolute joy.

It is usually said that, a writer’s work has bits of the writer’s personal experience in it. Is that the case with your books? And if so, how much of yourself is reflected in there?

I would say my second and third titles “Unravel your Hidden Gems and Dead Dogs Don’t bark reflect my personal experiences as the essay collection came about from my knowledge, intellect and experiences over the years and Dead Dogs Don’t Bark also reflect a bit of my experiences and some important people that have added value to my life over the years. There are occasions it will be difficult to detach the writer from the work especially for poetry collections. Continue reading

Biting the Dust*


@Ms_AffyIt eats up

Tears down

Takes the stars from your crown

Pushes you to the ground

It shuts the door to greatness

It leaves you tearing up behind closed doors

It entertains fear

It wines and dines with failure

It is not afraid to call depression by its name

It zaps faster than a gun

It holds you bound

You neither crawl, walk or run

It destroys

Crushes the bones

It scoops the ice-cream

Disposing the cone

If you don’t let it go

You would bite the dust

Sooner than you know

It is a disability

It’s called negativity.



Poem by Affiong Ene-Obong. Affiong Ene-Obong is a lawyer,  writer, poet and artist.  She holds a Law degree from Babcock University. She is a member of the Association of Nigerian Authors, Rivers State chapter; member of Sea View Poetry Club and member of Sisters’ Interact Network, an NGO to help women actualize themselves. Her first book,  ‘A Life Called Forever’ is a collection of inspirational poetry beautifully written to inspire, impact and transform lives. She is a polyglot.

You can contact Affiong Ene-Obong on Twitter as @Ms_Affy


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