Inside The Twilight Zone provides an unorthodox and philosophical view of the world at the beginning of the 21st century, from the unique and austere perspective of someone who has lived through the Nigerian variant of the twilight zone.
You will find nuggets of profound wit and latent wisdom in this collection of fascinating back-to-the-future essays, spanning almost a decade.
I was more than delighted when Yomi invited me to write a foreword to this book, since I had been pressing him to bring his work into the public domain ever since I had read just one of his essays. That was about one and a half years ago, since when, I have been fortunate enough to read a considerable amount of his work and have thoroughly enjoyed everything he has shown me.
There can be no doubt that Yomi underestimates the quality of his writing and it has taken a considerable amount of persuasion to convince him that he really should open his work to a wide audience. Initially, I made provisional arrangements to have his essays published in one of Nigeria’s most popular newspapers but Yomi remained hesitant and would not make the final commitment. However, by the summer of this year he finally agreed that he would publish a book of his writing and I believe this book will be merely a first step in what should be a significant writing career.
As the reader will discover, his writing ranges from the philosophical to the pragmatic and covers a wide range of issues and subjects, embracing not only history but also current political, social and economic issues at both local and international levels. Yomi is a stylist whose pages are mellow with judgement and informed humour and there can be little doubt that he has the capacity and ability to become one of Nigeria’s finest writers.
His own childhood experiences are also included in his writing as are his views on a range of domestic, political and commercial issues. He also deals with religious sensitivities and keeps the reader completely immersed in his delightfully flowing writing. Once the reader has opened the book he will find it so very difficult to put down. Yomi’s delightful mastery of words ensures this.
From my own point of view I see this publication as merely a start in Yomi’s writing career and I am absolutely certain that he will go from strength to strength and that his work will, in due course, become internationally acknowledged.
Freddie Scott, OBE, OFR
November 26, 2008
"Long before she completely lost her head, this silk-clad former French Queen presumably intoned: “Let them eat cake”, when told that bread had become scarce and unaffordable for the poor. Madame, would that be cake baked with lard or butter?"
"During that evening’s television broadcast, my attention was drawn to the throng of federal lawmakers listening to President Hu’s speech. Colourfully decked out for the occasion, they generally wore a quizzical “all very well but what-is-in-it-for-us” look that utterly failed to mask their boredom. Granted that Mr. Hu spoke Chinese (more specifically, Mandarin), an unintelligible language in these parts, there was nevertheless a drawling, voice-over translation in the background. However, what really caught the eye was not President Hu’s smart Western suit and tie, but what I can only describe as the ugliest, full-throated yawn ever captured on camera this side of the equator. Judging from the body language and sweaty demeanour of this camera-friendly House Member, inelegantly sandwiched between two other brave hearts, overt discomfort was written all over him. No doubt, this was made even worse by the fact that he was compelled to listen to a total stranger speaking in an alien tongue. Whoever said it was an easy job being a legislator?"