Tolu’ A. Akinyemi (also known as Tolutoludo & the Lion of Newcastle) is a multiple award-winning author in the genres of poetry, short stories, children’s literature, and essays.


His works include Dead Lions Don’t Roar (poetry, 2017); Unravel Your Hidden Gems (essays, 2018); Dead Dogs Don’t Bark (poetry, 2018); Dead Cats Don’t Meow (poetry, 2019); Never Play Games With the Devil (poetry, 2019); Inferno of Silence (short stories, 2020); A Booktiful Love (poetry, 2020); Black ≠ Inferior (poetry, 2021); Never Marry a Writer (poetry, 2021); Everybody Don Kolomental (poetry, 2021); I Wear Self-Confidence Like a Second Skin (children’s literature, 2021); I Am Not a Troublemaker (children’s literature, 2021); Born in Lockdown (poetry, 2021); A god in a Human Body (poetry, 2022); If You Have To Be Anything, Be Kind (children’s literature, 2022); City of Lost Memories, (poetry, 2022); Awaken Your Inner Lion, (essays, 2022); On The Train To Hell, (poetry, 2022); You Need More Than Dreams (poetry, forthcoming – January 2023); and The Morning Cloud is Empty (poetry, forthcoming – March 2023).


He is a co-founder of Lion and Lilac, a UK-based arts organisation, and sits on the board of many organisations.      

Jide Badmus is an engineer, a poet inspired by beauty and destruction; he believes that things in ruins were once beautiful.

He is the author of There is a Storm in my Head; Scripture; Paper Planes in the Rain; Paradox of Little Fires; Silk Psalms; and Anatomy of the Sun (and everything beneath); Lust Alphabets; and Obaluaye. He has a Pushcart Prize nomination.

Badmus has curated and edited several anthologies, such as Vowels Under Duress; Coffee; Today, I Choose Joy; and How to Fall in Love.

He is the founder of INKspiredNG, Poetry Editor for Con-scio Magazine, and sits on the board of advisors for Libretto Magazine.

Jide writes from Lagos, Nigeria. He tweets @bardmus


Oloyede Michael Taiwo is a poet, storyteller, copywriter, scriptwriter, screenwriter, spoken-word artiste, playwright, producer and philomath. 


He wrote and produced the play, “Wrinkles, dimples, naira and bets,” during the Lagos Theatre Festival, 2020, in partnership with the British Council.


He has performed in several literary events and one of the largest gospel concerts in Lagos—Cross Concert.


He has been shortlisted for the Etisalat Flash Fiction Prize and long listed for the Quramo Writers’ Prize for literature.  

Taiwo loves to meditate and enjoy the tranquillity of wandering in a liminal orifice.

Funmi Coker is a Nigerian poet and a graduate of Sociology from the University of Ilorin who is currently running a professional course with ACCA (Association of Certified Chartered Accountants). She was born in Lagos and has lived most of her life around Nigeria. When not writing, she can be found hiking, cooking, networking, and haunting local bookstores.

Adeola Juwon Gbalajobi is a Nigerian poet, ghostwriter and a connoisseur of Afro music. He believes in the healing power of words and the sheer beauty of poetry. His works have been published on various literary platforms. Ellipsis is his debut poetry collection.

Adejuwon writes from Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.

Deji Ajibade is a Nigerian-born writer. He holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria.

He is passionate about and dedicated to using counselling to help people navigate through everyday life issues and ensuring that they lead more productive lives.

Deji actively trades in foreign exchange in the world of finance. He’s also a lover of nature and the arts.

Ibrahim is a poet and creative writer. He is a graduate of International Business Management and works as a Cyber Security consultant. He hails from Lagos, Nigeria and believes in the power of words and its effects.

Ibrahim’s poetry chapbook, Prisoner of Love, navigates love’s place in the human experience and his second book, Living in a void: How The Coronavirus Pandemic Affected Our Lives, outlines how the pandemic and the lockdown affected our lives. 

When not writing, you can find him watching football and listening to music.

You can follow him on Instagram @ibrahimoowrites & Twitter @ibrahimowrites

Abimbola Ojurongbe-Alaka


is a creative writer and an HR consultant; a graduate of English studies from Babcock University, Ilishan Remo, Ogun State, and the University of Sheffield, UK.



She is a focused HR professional with a successful track record in recruitment, change management and the transformation of HR departments and organisations.



She was a National Winner of the Nigerian Stock Exchange essay competition in 2005.



When not writing, Abimbola spends her time baking pastries, sweets, and cakes.