I am Táyélolú “Taiwo” daughter of Àjùwọ̀n, first of my name. I’m a Lawyer. I’m a feminist; always for equality and equity. I am an ambivert.
I am female; a daughter, a sister, a friend, a confidant, a partner, a wife (eventually), a mother (eventually) and an overall sweet human. I am TEE!
“Beyond the Text” Version
I am a storyteller, and I have been one since forever.
Growing up, my siblings always tease me for adding ‘spice’ to every story, they called me ‘Ìyá fikunla” which in our self-made vocabulary meant “woman that adds to things”. Although it drove me nuts, I never stopped. What’s storytelling without spice? I always thought.
In school, I was the resident storyteller; of novels I’ve read, movies I’ve watched and of gists that I felt needed better telling. Friday was my most popular days, thanks to Wálé Adénúgà’s super story series which was the highlight of our Thursdays. Everyone who missed the show and those who just wanted to re-live the moment came to me. For some reason, I always found a willing audience. In short, I was a hit.
Stories are important. Stories define us. Stories shape us.
Through the characters I create and their stories, I’m attempting to have the difficult conversations, to open a long-overdue discussion about the issues that affect us, however uncomfortable and to equally ask uncomfortable questions.
These words of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie resonate with me and clearly explain me;
“I am a person who believes in asking questions, in not conforming for the sake of conforming. I am deeply dissatisfied- about so many things, about injustice, about the way the world works- and in some ways, my dissatisfaction drives my storytelling.”
I’m an over-thinker and this sometimes backfires.
So, through this small corner, I’ve created, I aim to write my musings, hoping you will find it and read it and maybe even share it.
If you are reading this now, it means you’ve found me, and we are now a family.
Feel free to comment and tell me about the good, the bad and ugly. But remember that you are privy to a part of my mind, so, speak the truth with kindness.
“The only way to tell the truth is to speak with kindness. Only the words of a loving man can be heard.”
- Henry David Thoreau