About Dolapo Aina

Dolapo Aina is a versatile writer and communications strategist with over a decade of writing under his belt. Presently, he is the editor of Black Gold Mind Magazine (BGM). Also, he writes as a guest writer for Mode Men Magazine and as an online blogger for FAB Magazine with the trendy and widely read current affairs cum entertainment series titled Sagacious Questions.

Dolapo Aina attended Apata Memorial High School. Shortly after graduating from the four walls of the university, Dolapo picked up the pen and began the noble art of writing. From 2003-2007, he consistently contributed articles and opinions to Rhythm 93.7fm’s entertainment weekly programme. And from 2010-2013, he contributed to BBC Writer-In-Residence blog (which was on for three years); hosted by the famous Uzbek writer-Hamid Ismailov.

Dolapo terms his form of writing disruptive, innovative writing. And this style of writing has caught the attention of the BBC. Due to his poetic article for the release of the then kidnapped BBC journalist, Alan Johnston in May 2007, he was interviewed by the BBC and his poem was recited on World Have Your Say by one of the famous actors of the BBC’s Fawlty Towers. In February 2008, his entry for a “6 Word Autobiography” competition was adjudged one of the best top 10 entries. On the opening day of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa; a poem on the World Cup by Dolapo Aina was recited on the BBC Sports World show.

Dolapo, whose articles are published in The Guardian Newspaper and on Ynaija.com; is a contributor to BBC WHYS (World Have Your Say), commencing in 2006. Due to his belief of and in excellence; Dolapo has cultivated and continuously cultivates friendships with some national and global names in writing, journalism and international relations and diplomacy, like Sam Graham-Felson(Obama’s chief blogger in 2008, responsible for the over $500million gotten from donations for the campaign via social media); Hamid Ismailov-the renowned Uzbek writer and head of the BBC Central Asia Department; Dr Anthony Akinola (the Oxford University-trained Political Scientist cum writer) and some serving and retired diplomats and ambassadors.

Dolapo’s dexterity is not restricted to writing. He was commissioned by Inspiration Magazine to interview some prominent individuals like Pastor E.A. Adeboye, Elderstateman Felix Ohiwerei. Deacon Tonye Cole, Pastor Mike Okonkwo, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, Pastor Kunle Ajayi, Pastor Taiwo Odukoya et al, for the commemoration of the 15th year anniversary of The Redeemed Christian Church Of God’s Holy Ghost Congress which began and is better known as Lekki 98. He has also interviewed prominent individuals like Peter Esele-President of Trade Union Congress

He has enlarged his scope of knowledge with certificates in Project Management from the British School of Project Management. And also in the area of democracy, conflicts, refugees and settler dichotomy from African Refugees Foundation (AREF).

Dolapo’s scope of writing ranges from social commentary, business, politics, entertainment and sports and expanding into interviews. All with the main aim of turning complex issues into comprehensible English/communication to the targeted audience. Dolapo, who regards his form of writings and communication strategising as disruptively innovative; takes inspiration from Chinua Achebe’s definition of writers- “writers don’t give prescriptions; they cause headaches” -by creative and innovative thinking and writings.

Dolapo is of the notion that writing and communication are made perfect when intended messages are understood by everyone. He is of the belief that Africa is the remaining frontier and untapped continent with potentials and that Africans can only equip and lead themselves through knowledge and her application. He strongly believes in the maxim “leaders are readers and readers are leaders”. Due to this maxim, as a public speaker; he focuses mainly on the young generation and the importance of a reading culture.

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