Lamentations 3:22-23 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

It’s my twenty third year in life and it is lit.

The year hasn’t been without its downs and the downs were so many, I felt like I was sinking into something I could not recognize. I’ve had emotional downs and mental downs. I got ill way too many times this year, school decided to hurt me with results, I had two friends die and I stared death in the eye three times. I would say my year was sadness dotted with occasional flashes and pseudo joy, but I’m alive, I have direction for the first time in my life, and so it’s really awesome.

My year started with me crossing two things off my bucket list. After months of planning, arguments, deciding and round table discussion over group chats and physical meetings, my two best friends and I started Arts and Africa. We are growing and I’m glad for the growth we have had in close to a year. It has been tough and tasking, but God has been faithful. There have been so many incredible narratives about Africa. Then there was TEDxUnilag. I got to be a new family with the the most creative and awesome people in the University of Lagos, and together we brought to life the first ever TEDx event in the University of Lagos. I was ill, I was tired, someone broke my phone, I had to move around begging for money for the event with failed promises and a lot of things, but the day came and it was beautiful and worth it.

I wrote the first statistics examination that I didn’t fail. It was a huge step up. I would have taken an E from Statistics and would have been satisfied but God was faithful and I got a B.

This year I tried to write better. God sent Pamela, Edwin and Uche my way and they helped me edit some stuff I wrote this year. I got my first hate mail this year, I have finally made it as a writer.


I’ve not been able to write a story since then.

I and Sammie took up a photography project to tell the stories of 365 people in Lagos and it has been really nice.

I’ve made a couple of friends.

I’ve lost a lot of friends.

I’ve gotten closer to a couple of friends.

I’ve drifted from a couple of friends.

I’ve laughed

I’ve cried.

I’ve had a horrible year in terms of love.

Nobody has seized me. I’ve now seized myself.

God has been in control.

I’m working on a couple of creative projects but it’s difficult to explain to a Yoruba mother that you won’t be working as an Economist when you are me.

My short film comes out really soon, followed shortly with a couple of documentaries.

In all, the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.

I’m glad, I’m grateful.

To him, for my family, for my friends, for the Arts and Africa family, for the TEDxUnilag family, for the Life of Lagos family.

I’m grateful for 2015.

I’m grateful for Oluwatosin Adeshokan.


And we are grateful for you Tosin. Don’t let that hate mail stop you, you might want to send us a story about it. (Yes, I’m shamelessly advertising). It’s also interesting how many friends in common we have. Why are we just meeting?

Oluwatosin Adeshokan

Collector of emotions, people, stories and poetry.


  • Abigail says:

    Why do I feel there is a long story behind every sentence in this post. I’ve met few writers who are able to really talk about themselves… I’m happy you seized yourself. What was it Whitney Houston said again? Learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all.
    Cheers to more exciting stories

  • Enajyte says:

    It was a pleasure to meet you Tosin (I have a feeling you’ll shape up quite nicely into a nuisance). I was very impressed when I found out about some of the stuff you’ve been up to (wow).

    You’re definitely on my to-watch list for 2016. And I pray you have a fulfilling year. Shalom!

    • theoluwatosin says:

      Jite, I am a proper and good and functional member of the society. I’m even very nice, like fried rice. Why you do me rough?
      Thank you so much. I pray you have an incredible year too. :*

  • Ama says:

    I love the opening line of this 😀

  • eloxie says:

    Wow!!! See what you were up to in 2015. Congrats to you and your creative ‘siblings.’. Some amazing family you’ve got there. Your pipeline of projects had me beaming in smiles. Mighty proud of you even though I don’t know you. I am grateful for Oluwatosin Adeshokan
    Cheers to the highs and lows and the new improved Tosin that’s making it out of 2015. Please don’t stop writing, let the hate mail be your catalyst, so unleash them creative juices and bring it on.
    Looking forward to your bright creative future and I wish you a 2016 in which you stretch yourself, evolve, soar and flourish.
    Here’s to a fantastic 2016.

  • Sharon says:

    Hate mail means that you’re evoking feeling in someone. Hate is a very strong emotion and the other side of that coin is love. As long as they’re responding, you’re doing something right. Whenever you remember the hate mail just say to yourself, I’m an amazing writer, and this person will love me finally. Congratulations on all your projects, here’s to all of them being successful.

  • Rolayo says:

    So you are the one behind 365 stories! Awesome!

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