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This is the last Sunday of the year and we have many things to be grateful for!

Even when it seems that many things have gone wrong, many other things have been well and good. And they are worthy compensations for the things that went wrong, if only we take some time to appreciate them.

In the latest edition of his newsletter, here is how Adekunle Gold appreciates the worthy compensations for the awful experiences in his own life:

My house was flooded yes, but I still have a home. I’ve lost things, but I still have my life, festival stages are closed, I still have my pen, I can’t perform live, I still have my voice. God! I still have my health.”

This is what we call collateral beauty. The many things that we have left when it looks like we have lost everything.

It is for the purpose of appreciating these collateral beauties that we called on 14 individuals from different fields, at different stages in life and with unique styles to write about their experiences in 2020, a year that has taken things away from everyone of us in different ways.

I invite you to read these stories with the expectation that they prompt your own thoughtfulness about the year. What are your experiences and how have they helped you see life in a brighter light?

All the stories are available for free reading on (click here to see the table of contents).

If you want to download the ebook version of the anthology for offline reading, here is a chance to get it at half the price.

Head over to the download page and use the discount code OFF50 at checkout to get a 50% price slash.

You can also get the Kindle and Paperback version on Amazon.

For Okadabooks readers, here is a link to read the anthology on Okadabooks.

I hope that you enjoyed your read and I wish you a happy new year in advance.

With love,

Tope Akintayo

Now Out! Twenty-20 Anthology

Read and Download today.

The long awaited Twenty-20 Anthology: Stories and Lessons from the Pandemic Year is now out!

With contributions from 14 writers from different walks of life, at different stages of life, and from different backgrounds and professions, across the country.

The goal of this project is to prompt everyone to look beyond the pains of the year into the collateral beauties. The hope is that every person finds peace with the way the year hits them and forges ahead in all the little different ways they are able to. The mission is to inspire a heart of gratitude for all the wisdom and memories that the year leaves behind in our minds. To face the year ahead, we must all embrace optimism and courage but above all, gratitude for the simple pleasures of life.

The anthology is available on for free reading (Table of Content).

It is also available of Amazon in Print and in Kindle formats.

If you like ebooks, the anthology is also available on Okadabooks or you can download PDF and EPUB versions here on

How to Deal With Loneliness

Happy Owambe Day! Here, I have a beautiful read for your evening.

Hello dear,

Here are the five featured articles this week: Why We Are Feeling Lonelier Than Ever, Your Brain Is Wired to Suck the Joy Out of Good News, How Productivity Gets in the Way of Your Success, The Millennial Obsession With Starting Over, and Punishment Does not Create Solutions, It Empowers Spite.


Have you been lonely recently? I have. Several times. Loneliness has become one major part of many people’s life these days, both the young and the old. What is the cause of this usually dreadful feeling? Zat Rana explains loneliness as a feeling of not being understandable by the rest of the world. “A true connection with someone,” she wrote, “occurs when you show them your whole self, as they show you theirs, warts and differences and all, simply accepting that not everyone is going relate to it. Modernity, unfortunately, makes that very difficult with its various, complex norms, in spite of the fact that we are now superficially connected all the time.” So we become lonelier. The same thing goes for people who have committed a crime or the other— the kind depicted in many of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's works— “even if no one else in the world knows about what they did.” They feel lonely because the “the realization that they can never truly be honest with someone, never show their whole self to them, makes them feel alone and isolated even when they are surrounded by people who suspect nothing wrong.”

Recently, in a discussion with a friend about the pleasure she enjoys in the company of a new friend she just made, I asked her what she thinks about the thought that the pleasure she currently enjoys might soon wane. This might seem like a dark way to think but this is sadly a reality we all face daily. Journalist and essayist Livie Campbell captures this with her start of this Medium article: “When a good thing comes along, humans have a frustrating tendency to overplay the effect it will have over the long term. This, we tell ourselves, this will be what finally makes us happier: getting married, buying a house, going on a dream vacation, landing a coveted promotion. And for a little while, it probably will. But nothing lasts forever, happiness included. Eventually, everyone goes back to baseline.” In the rest of the article, Lizie took the pain of explaining practical ways by which we can survive this dilemma, and earning more time for ourselves to enjoy the people and things we love without getting tired of them.

Productivity is about following a particular cause, sticking to it until expected result is yielded. This is what we all strive towards--to be productive in areas of our lives. So it’s quite interesting to read Corey McComb’s criticism of productivity, arguing that it hinders true success: “The challenge is to not let our hours of productivity become bricks in a wall that overshadows exploration,” because exploration is the element of true success.

In contrast, Rainesford Stauffer, a former explorer and lover of new beginnings expresses her repentance, and calls people into her new-found fetish for commitment. She argues that while exploration is good, we shouldn’t give ourselves fully to it at the cost of commitment, which is needed to live a good life. She wrote: “Exploration and all it entails — finding yourself, finding home, finding love, finding likes and dislikes — only works if we give our discoveries a chance to strengthen their hold on us.” Somewhere, she quoted another writer: “Starting a good life is one thing, but building a good life is another.” It’s not about creating or acquiring (aka. exploring) new things but about keeping and developing those new things.

Last week I sent some students out of my Chemistry class for their incessant disturbance. Since then I’ve been feeling guilty at the extremity of my sanction. As an ironic answer to this, I stumbled on associate professors Patrick Forber and Rory Smead’s claiming that punishment satisfies spite more than it satisfies the common good. “When an adult confiscates a child’s toy for bad behaviour,” they argued, “both are in for a rough afternoon. Which raises the question: why do we punish in the first place?” We have re-published this article here, you should check out this case they’ve made against punishment.

I am not proud to say this but the day folds up ehn, I'll be so pained. As a tribute to how useful this tool is, here is my new gettyimage wallpaper copped from it:

That’s all for today.

See you next time!


Psst. Let Me Show You a Cutie.

Take a Peek at the Beautiful and Sleek Cover Design for the Twenty-20 Anthology

A few weeks ago, I put out a call for submissions to Twenty-20 anthology.

Twenty-20 was created in an endeavour to chronicle the outgoing year.

The year was not just a year. It’s dramatic year.

A wildly eventful year.

2020 opens up a new decade in a big, surprising, shocking way.

None of us expected what we were presented with.

But we meuve!

Twenty-20 anthology will be published a few days before Christmas.

Hearty narrations from 12 contributors across the country.

Touchy. Feely. Deep. Pure. Honest.

Stories about this year. It’s pain, pleasure.

The lessons.

I can’t wait to show you what we’ve created.

However, as a teaser, I want to show you something.

The very beautiful cover design I created for the anthology.

Three versions of the design were made.

About 35 people voted for the best.

Majority votes (90%+) goes to the winning design.

And indeed, as you will see, the Majority is not wrong.

I invite you to share this design across social media.

Spread the news. Let more people know about Twenty-20.

As you share, also watch this space for the release of the anthology.

It promises to be an interesting read from start to finish.

Till then, please stay safe.


Tope Akintayo

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