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Watch Bobo Omotayo’s “London Life, Lagos Living” – The Documentary by Francesca Tilley-Gyado

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Seven months ago today, I released the most soul bearing endeavour I had ever engaged in my life. The result was a 196-page treatise titled ‘London Life, Lagos Living’.

Initially apprehensive as to the likely public response, I am daily humbled by the public embrace of this labour of love by the reading public. A couple of thousand copies later, I am astounded by the depth of feedback from readers, who effuse about how the book has in some way or the other made them laugh, reflect, reason and more.

I confess that I never expected that the ‘private musings’ captured in these pages would so visibly enthuse the imagination of all you great minds. No script or film can ever document the incredible ride of the last couple of months – from our first book reading at the X.O. Wine Stores, to the phone call from Arthur Probsthain in London citing ‘Books Sold Out’, to my first Amazon sale, to the ‘An Afternoon with Bobo Omotayo’ hosted by the highly critical Pulp Faction book club at the Debonairs.

This 6-minute documentary, directed by LA-based filmmaker, Francesca Tilley-Gyado, is not so much a story of ‘the journey so far’ but more a snapshot into what a typical week is like for the author and contributors to the book.

This documentary is testament that it is possible for a hopeless dreamer to dream in ‘flights of fancy’ but yet have his ‘flights’ for his singular critic. I thank all the contributors to the book, who have explained their art much better than I could even attempt.

I remain indebted to those contributors who for scheduling reasons were unable to attend the filming, Osione Itegboje and Gbolahan Adams. To all the book clubs, book shops, literally forums, magazines, newspapers, blogs, radio stations, TV shows who have featured the book (positively or negatively), I thank you. This is a toast to infinite possibilities.

~ Bobo

21 Comments

  1. purplepearl

    July 7, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Congrats Bobo. Proud of you. hopefully i get to see the book in this part of the world where i live.

  2. christy

    July 7, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Till I read the book.

  3. BABA T aka The ORIGINATOR!!!

    July 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Proud of you dude…

  4. Naijamum in L.

    July 7, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    I love the whole concept
    I look forward to reading the book
    Kudos to Bobo Omotayo

  5. sefi-ann

    July 8, 2012 at 6:40 am

    kilon sparkless!
    mahn definitely loved your blog and will be picking up the book!
    give them hell hun.

  6. faith

    July 8, 2012 at 10:25 am

    i wuold definitly love to read the book….can i get it at hub?

  7. FIDELIA

    July 8, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Read it.Loved it.

  8. AHS

    July 8, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    The book is available on http://www.africanhighstreet.com with worldwide shipping.

  9. anon

    July 8, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    I beg to differ with the end where lots of acolades are given to Nigeria, please you are speaking without facts. Having lived in the Middle East, ten countries in Africa and in Mexico as well as Chile; Nigeria is not the only one with those attributes. Love Omotayo all the same. Did any one take note of the way he speaks?

  10. Nok10

    July 8, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Nice, need to get a copy of this book.

    @ Anon: I think he toned down his brit accent. Sounds like most naijas that have lived abroad for a while, they can speak with or without an accent depending on whom they are addressing.

  11. Fidelia

    July 8, 2012 at 10:40 pm

  12. busola

    July 9, 2012 at 5:06 am

    I’ve been itching to buy bobo’s book since it came out but errhmm, the book is quite expensive on amazon. Bobo, I really like you… please reduce the price to £10 or something 🙁

  13. @ajiriavae

    July 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I always like it when young writers write the kind of book that can get people debating about real issues. I hope the book delivers what it promises. I’m off to get my copy.
    http://ajiristyle.blogspot.com/

  14. Rita Ohai

    July 10, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Had my eye on the sheer creativity of the documentry. The filmmaker did an amazing job. It’s no tender meat to effectively squeeze a man’s lifetime into less than 7 mins of film….GREAT JOB Francesca Gyado.
    P.S: Well done Bobo

  15. igbo canadian

    July 11, 2012 at 12:00 am

    exactly what lagos is about…’wanting to be seen as relevant’ as you said ‘sisi eko’ for that statement alone ..i’ll buy the book

  16. dammylee

    July 13, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Am so impressed about this whole swag, thoughts, facts, emotions, etc.

  17. Ebene

    July 16, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Great documentary….can’t wait to read d book. Kudos Francesca n Bobo!

  18. PrettyLips

    July 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    great work Bobo!

  19. Funke BUCKNOR obruthe

    July 21, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Great documentary

  20. dammylee

    October 24, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    I keep looking at this documentary and trying to remind myself of what is real and fake. Sincerely Mr . Bobo, I really appreciate you bringing this to reality and I hope to meet with you one day to share experiences together.

    Thanks once again.

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