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Olarotimi Onayemi

Olarotimi Onayemi

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Profession: Journalist, Writer
Status: Times Media Group, London, UK
Location: Lagos , Nigeria ( LAG )
Home base: ijebu-Ode, Nigeria
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Languages spoken: English, French, Turkish, Yoruba, some German, some Dutch, some Igbo, some Suisse Romande
Organization: Free World Review, Switzerland
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Freelance journalist, writer, photographer, playwright, filmmaker and singer and what have you?

The main point is how I feel when millions of journalists have been killed in my country and worldwide.

I will tread this part
You can stop me
You will be in a trap
In fiction
For adequate judgment
In reality

Have you ever seen maggots
In salt
Here you are
Have you ever lived for nothing
Read that again

For all constitutions
Unwritten – Laugh UK
Must have unemployment benefit
As the first clause
Come on dude
These ain’t adverbial clauses…

When the millenium goal is achieved
Hmmm did you say ?*)/666%40\?
Written extensively for Times Publications, London’s publications: Europe Review, Asia Review, Corporate Africa and Corporate South Africa. As correspondent and representative in The United Nations Office at Geneva, Switzerland from 1999 to 2007.

Have visited 25 countries while reporting for newspapers I work: Nigeria, Turkey, Switzerland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Germany, Sweden, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria, Liechtenstein, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, Italy, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, South Africa, (Malta and Denmark – transit).

Also written and taken photographs
on politics, economy, finance, trade,
social issues, telecommunications, media, films, the film industry, environment, sustainable development, sports, worldwide diaspora, indigenous peoples and culture etc.

Some of these publications are: The Post Express, Lagos, Nigeria; The Turkish Daily News, Istanbul; The Journal of The Centre for Intercultural Dialogue and Cooperation, Lisbon and Istanbul; Company CDs and DVDs published by Unimex New Media GmbH, Wiesbaden, Germany- including Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank, Opel, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Rolls Royce, CeBIT and Frankfurt Book Fair; Kathmandu Daily, Nepal; MorgenWelt, Berlin; Future Frames, Berlin; Free Stockholm Newspaper; Free Switzerland Newspaper; Gauchebdo, Switzerland; Homeless Holland Newspaper, Gallery and Theatre, Amsterdam; People United Newsletter, Geneva, Switzerland; Afro-Dialectics News, Geneva, Switzerland; The British Community Newsletter, Istanbul, Turkey; Genus Phenomena, Paris, France; African Music, Kingston, Jamaica; Journal of the International Centre for the Arts, Lagos, Nigeria…

I’m 41 (b. 25 November, 1968; Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria) I was in Luba Kindergatten, Ijebu-Ode from 1970 to 1974, it was founded by one of Nigeria’s foremost scientists, late Sanni; Children’s Home School, Molete, Ibadan, Nigeria 1974 to 1979; Ijebu-Ode Grammar School, a private Ionian school founded by Nigerian Anglican missionaries in 1913. My father, late Michael Oredolapo Onayemi (b, 9 March 1912, d. 12 may 1978) also attended Ijebu-Ode Grammar School and was Head Prefect in 1928-29). I was Bell and Light Prefect in 1983-84, a science student; in the Literary and Debating Society which was compulsory for all students and I debated with students from other high schools like Adeola Odutola College, Anglican Girls Grammar School, Isonyin Grammar School and Federal Government Girls Secondary School. In high school I was also in the drama and dancing clubs.

In High School, a friend in higher class, Monsuru Otitoloju, advised me to start reading and gaveme James Hadley Chase’s ‘One Bright Summer Morning’, which I enjoyed tremendously and there has been no break in reading books I considered ‘good’ ever since. Some of my best now are Charles Baudelaire,
Jean-Paul Sartre, George Bernard Shaw, Fyodor Dostoevesky, Soren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, ’Wole Soyinka, Kole Omotoso, Sylvia Plath, Agostinho Neto, Amilcar Cabral, Che Guevara, Henry Fielding, Karl Capek, D. Laing, Prosper Merimee, Theophile Gautier, Guy de Maupassant, Leo Tolstoy, Ovide, Sophocles, Albert Camus, Albert Schweitzer, Albert Einstein, John Hill, Wilhelm Reich, Joost van den Vondel, Huysmans, etc.

After High School I studied Mathematics and Chemistry at the former Ogun-State College of Education, (now it’s called Tai Solarin College of Education), a Teachers’ College (1984-85); later I changed my mind and decided to study BioChemistry, my mum won’t have that and as I filled out the forms she obliged me to study Finance and Banking like my father – I was 17 – and agreed to study Banking and Finance at The Polytechnic, Ibadan, (Iree Satellite Campus) in the then Oyo-State – it’s
now in Osun State and known as The Uson State Polyechnic. I wa sthere from 1985 till 1986 and a reorganization in the 5 campuses (Ibadan, Iree, Esa Oke, Eruwa and Saki campuses of The Polytechnic, Ibadan) brought Year 2 students of Banking and Finance to Ibadan where I graduated with Ordinary National Diploma
in Banking and Finance in 1988. The extra year was because my lecturer did not believe that my question that ‘Is Uberimmae Fidei an Igbo name?’ genuine made him angry, he was Igbo and gave me scores like 7.5 from 20 each in the 1st and 2nd test of Banking Law and 15 over 60 in the final examination. My total score was 30 and I needed a 40 to pass. he gave all Banking Law students 3 extra points and 33 was still not enough, so I had to do 1st semester in the 1987/88 session at Esa Oke Satellite Campus and passed. I got my
Ordinary national Diploma in Banking and Finance in 1988.

One had to do a one-year industrial attachment in a company relevant to the course you studying in The Polytechnic,
after the initial 2-year Ordinary National Diploma before you go on to the Higher National Diploma, and I split this year (1988-89) into two, working for 6 months as an Accounting Assistant at A. Aderemi (Chartered Accountants) in Ibadan and the other 6 months as a Job Supervisor at Management Development Consultancy (ManDev Consult), Fish House, Jibowu, Lagos, Nigeria under Samuel Adun who studied Business Administration and Political Science in Oxford.

All these time, I was in the West of Nigeria and had a choice to go up north
to The Polytechnic, Bida, Niger-State or The Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri for my HND in Finance and Banking (there were only 2 institutions offering the HND in FB in Nigeria in 1988 out a total of 250 Universities and Polytechnics. It was rare.

I decided to move to the East to do my HND in FB and the highlight was when I got 21 out of 20 marks in International Finance. How the lecturer did that I do not know but he said you gave me more than what I expected. I was flattered.

My half-sister, late Yetunde Olayinka Onayemi-Alusi, a retired lawyer who studied at Birmingham University encouraged me to play scrabble for adults (I had won scrabble for juniors in a raffle draw on entries from children who could spell ‘ostrich’, I was 7, in 1976); and she also encouraged me to read. She always checked out one thing or another in the Encyclopaedia Britannica and Americana, she had the complete set on both and updated her collection everytime there’s a new edition (quite often). I knew from an early age that intelligence lies in those books, she was very intelligent. I started reading these big books and loved them.

It was during my 3rd year studying Finance and Banking that while reading the Encyclopeadia Britannica in The library of The Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri (now known as The Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri, Imo-State, Nigeria) that I found out that my writings had come up to a state – had
changed dramatically and I decided to write for The Press Board and Magazine of The Students’ Union.

I later joined the Campus Union of Journalists and became its Secretary-General, the most powerful position in the Union, in my final year, 1991.

I’ve been writing ever since.


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Fixer in Nigeria and The Economic Community of West African States

I’m Timmy Onayemi and can fix press, photography and movie assignments in Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Senegal plus other States in West Africa. I speak English and French. Have worked as a journalist in 23 countries worldwide and at home in Nigeria now.

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