Author of the Week — Dapo Oluyomi


An interview with Dapo Oluyomi. Read our review of his book, The Cattle Rearer Chronicles: An Outside-In Look at the Buhari Presidency 2015-2019 here.

LE: Hello Dapo please tell us a bit about yourself.

Dapo: I am Yoruba (obviously), from Ogun State. I grew up in Lagos and schooled there until I went to Ile Ife in Osun State for my University studies at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife.

LE: What you do for a living? Is writing your full time job?

Dapo: After working for a while in Nigeria, I relocated to the United Kingdom where I now live and work as a Business Management Professional for a global company.

LE: When did you start writing and what prompted it?

Dapo: I never thought I could write a book and perhaps the only way that could have happened was how this happened i.e. a collection of short stories written over time woven into one book. Maybe I will give it another try in the future and try to write the conventional way. The Cattle Rearer Chronicles began by accident and just grew organically. Sometimes, I wonder where the inspiration came from… I was just so upset that all that I thought would go wrong (if Buhari was elected in 2015) was going wrong and I needed to capture it in real time or we would find history distorted. I remember all the debates I had with friends in our email and WhatsApp groups (I didn’t come on Twitter till January 2015) and I was being proven right. I am glad I was able to write as much as I did, still shocks me though.

LE: Lastly, what are your hobbies?

Dapo: My hobbies revolve around football and basketball, both of which I love passionately and like to find time to watch as a fan and maybe play once in a blue moon these days.

The Cattle Rearer Chronicles is Dapo’s first published book.

Dapo is on Twitter.


The interview has been lightly edited for clarity.