ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK- Olútáyọ̀ Ìrántíọlá – A GREAT COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR

Olútáyọ̀ Ìrántíọlá wears various caps at different points in time. He was the host of a youth magazine program on Radio Kwara; he was a Customer Care Representative at a telco company and he currently is a Consummate Public Relations Consultant, a voice-over artiste, a compere, translator for brands and religious organizations (Yoruba and English languages), a Creative Writer (poetry, plays and short stories), biographer and blogger.

He was a member of the NYSC dance and drama troupe that performed in Abuja in 2007.

He is the convener of the Literary Reading Group, a charity organization dedicated to encouraging children in correctional homes to read literature and develop their creative skills. He has also several public affairs articles online and in major national dailies in Nigeria since 2003. His two published books are a biography of his Maternal Grandfather and an anthology of poetry in English and Yoruba languages.

He is the Atọ́kùn of Yorùbá Lákò̩tun, a staged quarterly cultural renaissance show in Lagos where he hosts Yoruba creatives, some of the guests on this show include Tunde Kelani, Chief Mrs Nike Okudaye, Prof Taiwo Olunlade amongst others. The Noble Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, stopped by to appreciate this effort last year during the Lagos Books and Arts Festival where the show held a Colloquium.

Recently, his play titled, “With Our Uniform” was performed in both Lagos and the United States at the Lagos Fringe Festival and the SOS Theatre Festival International respectively.

He is a pioneer Fellow of the NESG Bridge Fellowship.

Some of his articles are available on his blog- www.peodavies.com

Herein are some of the videos of Yoruba Lakotun on YouTube-
https://youtu.be/CfSa5MkN5G8
https://youtu.be/Yv5Tqa9_blM

His poetry (in Yoruba and English) also on Youtube-
https://youtu.be/ScZebcwxCCw
https://youtu.be/30otgvtfwUQ
https://youtu.be/jNrhxE5wpC4

About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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