Tolu’ A. Akinyemi (also known as Tolutoludo & Lion of Newcastle) is a multi-award-winning author in the genre of poetry, short story, 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), City of Lost Memories, (poetry, forthcoming – August 2022), You need more than Dreams (poetry, forthcoming – January 2023) and The Morning Cloud is Empty (poetry, forthcoming – March 2023).

Tolu’ has been endorsed by Arts Council England as a writer with “exceptional talent.” 

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

Tolu’ A. Akinyemi is available for select speaking engagements. To inquire about an appearance, please contact the public relations team at