“MY VOICE IS BROKEN ” BY PROFESSOR ROTIMI JAIYESIMI

MY VOICE HAS BROKEN

I wrote a poem in 1970 questioning whether I was a shy person.

I probably saw myself as such, but was not convinced. Perhaps one who will only speak if it will add value to the conversation. Paradoxically, psychometric tests always identify me as an extrovert. I still question the validity of the tests😊My voice broke at puberty and I lost my sonorous voice (I sang in a school play, Hobson’s Choice in 1966/67 staged at Government College Ibadan). Hosting a live radio programme on Radio Nigeria as a medical student was with trepidation.

I couldn’t share this with my parents or lecturers. In those days, it would have been considered being unserious as a medical student.

The potential repercussions had they known can only be imagined. However, it no doubt contributed to my belief in the broken voice.I have been a DJ, chauffeur for brides, officiating minister at wedding blessings, chairman at events, master of ceremonies at civic receptions and other social functions. A poet and an author. How did I get into the operating theatre and not on to the theatre stage? Je ne sais pas.I have spoken with school kids, mentees, peers, beauty product ladies among others. I have spoken at international and national scientific conferences.

I have spoken at places that even amaze me, The Nigerian Law School, Nigeria’s highest policy centre, the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru. I have stood in the courts of justice nationally and internationally, helping barristers and judges understand the high reliability nature of hospitals that result in medical errors. Royalty, Presidents, Government Ministers and Parliamentarians have heard the broken voice. I have spoken against man’s inhumanity to man – poverty, wars, racism, injustice, poor governance. During the pandemic,

I spoke at over 50 webinars. I am still working hard at improving the broken voice, hoping its different notes will come together and resonate, adding some value to society.Rotimi Jaiyesimi Speaks offers me a platform to reach out and share my thoughts.

That broken voice will employ the Kintsugi technique to bring the beauty out of broken lives and build the next generation while striving to be a better version of myself.#publicspeaking#mybrokenvoice#motivationalspeaker#rotimijaiyesimi

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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