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Funny Men Cannot Be Trusted is the kind of book that makes you forget to eat dinner because it keeps you satisfied to the brim. This collection along with I Laugh at These Skinny Girls and Your Father Walks Like Crab, changes the game in poetry writing all over the word and specifically, in Nigerian literature. Also, if as a writer, you need a book to challenge your creativity and make you think without the box, all Tolu Akinyemi's books are the perfect fit for you.
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I started writing at a very young age; little things here and there. I wrote animal stories on pieces of paper and sold them to my friends for ten naira: to buy sweets. I remember my mum getting angry at me many times because I was always tearing pages of paper from my books and asking her to buy a new notebook too soon. Writing was my hobby.
When I was twelve, my dad, who meant the world to me, died from cancer. The pain I felt then is something I still hope to put into words, someday. I was devastated, and because there was no one I could talk to, I did a lot of internal screaming. I raged at God and the world and myself, wondering how the person I loved the most could leave me.
“Write what you’re sure about and not what would make your work sound intelligent.”
Seye Kuyinu describes himself as a man who wears many hats. A software engineer, Agile Transformation Specialist, violinist, magician, animal lover, adding writer to his profile will also be justified having published 4 books in total, including Inside I Am Just Like You, officially going to be announced on the 13th of November, 2018.
He spends his paid time coaching software teams, helping them to deliver faster and more efficiently. In his spare time he learns about how the human mind can be expanded, often times journaling personal development experiments on HighLifer.co.
He currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida where he tries to bring poets and writers of all cultures together.
Knowing the Writer
What and when was your introduction to poetry?
I have always loved writing. I have written a diary almost every day for the last maybe 15 years. My diary initially contained experiences I had in school, details of disagreements with my parents, secret encounters with school crushes, stories my friends told me experiences I would otherwise not share with others and of course and spiritual encounters. An ardent reader, I came across a few books of poetry that my mother had in her library. Coincidentally, my own taught me literature in high school. I would never have imagined that she would not only be the best teacher to tens of students but she was also my favorite teacher. My mum was my literature teacher. She did a fantastic job of teaching poetry through critiquing the styles of other poets, explaining the ideas behind these poems and teaching in details the figure of speeches and how 100s of poets used them. I found these learnings valuable in expressing emotions in my personal diaries. It was now easy to create allegories; it was now more fun to practice using apostrophes (my mum’s persona in my earlier poems was called Martha Baruno). It was now easier to create and identify hyperboles. I was enjoying using topics I learned in class to create my own little form of art.
TITLE: Inside, I am just like you
AUTHOR: Seye Kuyinu
REVIEWER: Shoola Oyindamola
PAPERBACK: 254 pages
PUBLISHER: Pressi.ng; 1 edition (September 5, 2018)
In addition to reading good books, I saw tremendous improvement in my writing when I broke out of the conventional writing cage. I broke free from the idea that poetry can only come when you do not have writer’s block, and you are sitting alone with your wise-words-hat on. I broke away from the idea that good poetry could only come amidst silence and deep thought. I began talking more often, to people who had similar perceptions about common social topics. I learned to have intelligent conversations, where I could derive meanings and lessons that would be beneficial to a third party.
Reading the preface of Inside, I am just like you by Seye Kuyinu, brought reminiscence of great friendships that I have made in the past four years. Relationships that may not have happened if I continued to be quiet as a proof of a “poeticness” I did not fully understand or choose to judge people by their physical appearances. I have Latino friends who share similar experiences despite having a different description through words. Recently, I was slightly curious and judgmental about how international students at the school I attend wear expensive clothing despite having no jobs. I found the courage to ask an Asian classmate about why many of them chose not to work, and she explained the working conditions they were limited to, due to their immigration status. The conversation went on to compare the educational system in China and Nigeria, and very interestingly, we found common ground in our cultures. I thought to myself that “inside, I am just like you.”
I have read Seye Kuyinu’s other books titled: Things I Wanted to Tell You In Other Words, Dates and All Those Things I Tell You, and Good Morning! All of which are equally well penned. As a writer, I am very curious to know how the progression of his experiences have impacted his writing and if there is fear of not meeting improved expectations when returning with a new book.
THE WINNER OF OCTOBER 2018 BOOK GIVEAWAYS IS:
Sokuma Theophilus Mshelia
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