Lagos literati bid farewell to Dami Ajayi as he sets sail for the UK

Yesterday at Angels and Muse, Ikoyi, Lagos’ favourite hangout for creatives, family and friends gathered to celebrate Nigerian poet, music critic, medical practitioner and co-founder of, Dami Ajayi as he departs to the UK for a two year medical fellowship.

Present at the gathering were Efe Paul Azino, Socrates Mbamalu, Mr. Toyin Akinosho, Lola Shoneyin, Ayobami Adebayo and Taiwo Ajayi (Dami’s sister) who took turns to work the mic like pros. There were heavily-worded speeches to extol friendship, poems when words weren’t enough and alcohol when all else failed.

Unsurprisingly, the gathering was engineered by his friends and mentors, Toni Kan and Victor Ehikhamenor. In a fun and banter-filled Q&A session, Toni Kan got Dami Ajayi to talk about his early childhood and how it informed his love for writing.

We also got an exclusive on how the nickname, Jollypaps came to be. Dami Ajayi, we at The Lagos Review will miss you and in the famous poem of TS Elliot, reiterated by Ayobami Adebayo at the party, “there shall be time…”

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