A great many people who want to be writers say that they want to have a career in journalism. They may envision themselves going to exotic locales to cover stories or winning a Pulitzer prize. While these things do happen to journalists, it takes a long time to make your bones before you are sent on any interesting assignments.
One Day And A Story: Reminiscences of an African Journalist, opens the window to Nigeria and Africa of the 1980s when the continent was dominated by strong men and dictatorial regimes. This is a book that provides a vantage point to observe history in the making, with a colourful parade of characters; Dele Giwa, Buhari, Babangida, Vasta, Orka, Awolowo, Obasanjo, Imoudu, Dasuki, Mandela, Gani, Mobutu, Eyadema, Felix Houphouet-Boigny and many more that define the early deays of Babarinsa’s career as a first class journalist. This is a great work that encapsulates the meaning and character of journalism in Africa’s greatest Country, with the attendant danger, glamour and adventure.
The Lonely Ones Among Us tells the story of a man called Mr. Enilari and follows his life as he battles day-to-day obstacles, thus rising above the challenges in his environment in Nigeria. Mr Enilari Olakitan Ekun, a humble science teacher in a secondary school in Lagos, is the main character in the book. His life exemplifies the challenges faced by the few that swim against the tide to liberate themselves from the bondage of poverty at the base of the economic pyramid. The Lonely Ones are the aberrant, that see the problems that others overlook. Instead of following the crowd, they choose the path of the lone wayfarer, and eventually succeed showing that the old fashioned way of hard work still pays off in the long run.