Tunde Ososanya

Tunde Ososanya is a Broadcast Journalist living in Lagos, Nigeria. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism who currently works with the BBC in the Nigerian commercial capital.
He began his career as a television presenter with the Nigerian Television Authority in 2016, going on to become a Senior Editor with Legit.ng. He has also been a Contributing Writer for Opera News. He is a fellow of the African Academy for Open Source Investigations (AAOSI).
His short story, Wellington Street, won the 2017 Nigeria-Ecuador Young Writer Short Story Contest. He is the author of Lagos, Life and Sexual Distraction. He is currently working on his debut novel.

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Lagos, Life and Sexual Distraction
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Stephen Games Fri, 28/07/2023 - 03:29

A well-deserved win by an aspiring new talent. Tunde Ososanya's collection of short stories, LAGOS, LIFE AND SEXUAL DISTRACTION, looks at the distinct character of life in Lagos—the commercial capital of Nigeria.

The book shows the tensions that exist between the generations, between the sexes and between different social classes and ethnicities.

Two stories are dedicated to the plight of the mostly Hausa and Muslim people living in northern Nigeria.

Most of the stories, however, deal with life in the south as experience by the mostly Christian and Yoruba or Igbo people. It shows what a typical Lagosian goes through in order to survive, and why people who’ve lived in Lagos are able to withstand the harsh realities they experience in other parts of the world.

According to the author, every Lagosian is expected to live by the popular local saying, “Shine Your Eyes”, meaning you've got to be vigilant.

Lagos is a land of opportunity, says the author, and Lagosians are one of the most successful people in the world by virtue of their perseverance. As the author says, “I dey live and work for Lagos and I love am—as I hope say you go see.”

Stephen Games Fri, 28/07/2023 - 03:33

Tunde Ososanya's winning book, LAGOS, LIFE AND SEXUAL DISTRACTION, is available online all round the world and from bookshops in the UK, USA and Canada. Bookshops in other countries should be able to order it through Gardners, Orca or the publisher, EnvelopeBooks.co.uk.

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