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Dead Lions Don’t Roar

A newly published book, which is likely to take the world of poetry by storm, is being sold to raise funds to support a campaign that will benefit the older people of Northumberland suffering from loneliness.

The book is proving hugely popular in the region’s business world, with people at all stages of career taking inspiration, advice and motivation from the uplifting verses.

TOLU A Akinyemi, a well known business man himself, is the author and although he has over 10 years of writing experience, Dead Lion’s Don’t Roar is his first book in print in the region.

Originally from Nigeria, Tolu now resides in Wallsend. He felt it important that any success he had would positively benefit a community in the region that has been so welcoming to him and his young family.  

He chose Age UK Northumberland as he became aware of their campaign to raise £30,000 to re-launch a friendship telephone line, which lost funding but is a vital source of human contact for many in the area.

Dead Lions Don’t Roar is a collection of inspiring and motivating modern day verses.  Addressing many issues close to home and also many taboo subjects, the poetry is reflecting of today’s struggles and lights the way to a positive future.

The uplifting book appeals to all age groups, anyone going through change, building or enjoying a career and facing day-to-day struggles. Many of the short verses resonate with readers, leaving a sense of peace and wellbeing.

Tolu is a man that is passionate about life. A self-taught talent, he is a prolific writer and this first book has been much awaited by his avid followers.  He said:

“I am a creative thinker, change management agent and natural born leader. My dedication to the written word sees me mentoring students in schools helping them with transition. I am a trained Economist with a degree from Ekiti State University and a Masters from University of Hertfordshire, but I love the soothing effect words can have on people. My main aim with this book is to help people find the positive light and keep moving through life.

“I am so excited to have it in print and even more proud that sales will help boost the finances of such an important charity in the region.”

The book, along with the fundraising drive, is being officially launched at Club 467, Old Assembly Rooms in Newcastle, on 6th September at 6.30pm.  Andrew Marsh, Chair of the Board of Trustees for Age UK Northumberland said:

“Loneliness is a profound problem for our region due to our geographic challenges, and the friendship line is incredibly important.

“We are holding a Chairman’s Northumberland Tartan Ball on 10th November to raise funds, which we are delighted that Tolu will now be part of. His poetry resonates with many of our team and service users, and we can’t thank him enough for his kind gesture.”

Tolu can be contacted on Facebook at @ToluAAkinyemi and his website is The book can be bought on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Ebay and CreateSpace. Anyone wishing to attend the launch should email

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