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‘Baron of Broad Street’ Debuts in Lagos



The long awaited novel, ‘Baron of Broad Street‘ by El Nukoya made its debut into the Nigerian literary space at a well-attended book release event at The Lounge, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The event was anchored by Tolu Ogunlesi while Toni Kan reviewed the book. Ace comedian, Teju ‘Babyface’ Oyelakin added context and humour to the proceedings while creative experts such as Nabila Lester, an American film producer, and Dapo Paul Akintunde, Design Guru and alumnus of the prestigious Royal Institute of Art spoke about the creative depth of the author as shown in the book.

Baron of Broad Street is an “Authentic Lagos Story””portraying Lagos as that unparalleled land of opportunity that it is and exploring the contradictory lives of the players and the puns as they converge in this exhilarating crucible of infinite possibilities.

The book chronicles the polarized worlds of the Lagos impoverished and the affluent, living side-by-side, yet a world apart. It captures the limited prospect for mobility in an often negligent society, and the determination of a select crop of youths to take it upon themselves and change this seemingly rigid equation, by all means necessary. Baron of Broad Street was celebrated by literary enthusiasts and other members of the corporate and social Nigeria who are fans of the author’s creative prowess as shown in his previous novel titled, “Nine Lives“, winner of ANA-Jacarranda Prize for prose.

The event was graced by notable cultural icons, including Baba Odia Ofiemun, Funke Treasure Durotola, Solomon Ikhioda, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and Bez.

The event was brought to a close with a long session of book signing.

See photos from the launch:

El Nukoya

El Nukoya

Obafemi George

Obafemi George

Toni Kan

Toni Kan

Tunde Orungbeja

Tunde Orungbeja

Tayo Ojuri

Tayo Ojuri

Funsho Oke

Funsho Oke


Folarin Alayande & El Nukoya

Zoje Abumere

Mr & Mrs Niyi Yusuf

Niyi Yusuf

Glory Enyinnaya & Peter Thuku

Desola Vincent & Ola Labinjo

Funke Treasure Durodola,El Nukoya & Iyabo Aboaba

Tolu Ogunlesi, Toni Kan, El Nukoya, Teju ‘Baby Face’ Oyelakin & Odia Ofeimun

Toni Kan & El Nukoya
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R-Koku Konu
Teju Baby Face 'Oyelakin'
Paul Dapo Akintunde
Nabila Lester
Koku Konu
Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa
Solomon Ikhioda
Muyi Ladoja
Iyabo Aboaba
Adeola Dina, El Nukoya & Solape Agagu
Abiye Koko, Bayo Sonibare,Tomiwa Sotiloye & Obi Ibekwe
The book is available in all leading bookstores across Nigeria.

For more information, visit or join the conversation on twitter @elnukoyabooks and Instagram on @elnukoyabooks.

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  1. MEE

    August 7, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Ohhh…so that’s what he looks like. Nice, I read nine lives..really nice book, should try this too.

  2. EllesarisEllendil

    August 7, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Please if you read it, how is it and is it a “Wolf of Wall Street” rip-off?

    • MEE

      August 7, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      Lol….hopefully it would be something more original

  3. frank teacher

    August 8, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    ah, Toni Kan; been in the game for so long, remember the HINTS fame…

    NERDY crowd, my people.

    that woman with almost the entire hair turned gray is BEAUTIFUL!

  4. Miss Anonymous

    August 8, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Probably just the title.

  5. chibuike

    August 9, 2015 at 4:25 am

    Keep creating! Will try to get this

    • Oyindamola Taiwo Edet

      September 23, 2020 at 12:59 pm

      I’ve really been willing to met El-Nukoya in person after my project supervisor gave me his book (Nine Lives).

      I love everything about his styles of writing, though I have many questions I will love to ask him.

      Thumbs up.

  6. O

    August 12, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Not available on amazon. Mr. El, when?

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