Never Play Games with the Devil hit the bookshelves!

Author makes bold statement, goes all out for the devil with new poetry collection

Written by acclaimed poet and writer, Tolu’ A. Akinyemi, ‘Never Play Games with the Devil’ brings readers a didactic collection of poems with themes spread across pertinent issues of life. The goal is daring – to empower readers to hustle, find their feet and grow. The Poet audaciously in the second part poetically challenges the ills in the socio-political space in his native country and in the final part champions the basis of human relationships, love, commitment and trust…  


United Kingdom – A distinguished author and poet recently named as a writer with exceptional talent by Arts Council England, is about to release his fifth book, the fourth in his poetry collection.

Tolu’ A. Akinyemi has achieved great repute since the release of his previous books Dead Lions Don’t Roar, Unravel Your Hidden Gems, Dead Dogs Don’t Bark and Dead Cats Don’t Meow. His latest release, Never Play Games with the Devil hit the book shelves at the end of August and is set to be in high demand.

Synopsis of ‘Never Play Games with the Devil’:

Never Play Games with the Devil is a didactic collection of poems with themes spread across pertinent issues of life. Succinctly written and compiled, the poems in this collection draw appeal from the Poet’s ability to maintain a steady flow of thought by giving astute attention to each poem while weaving through a variety of themes. In a moment of self-adulation, he wrote: “My brain thinks faster than my words can convey. My mind works magic. Can I live this life forever?”

The collection is divided into three parts and in each part the Poet ingeniously assumes different tones. In part one, he is a jostle preacher and an encourager, telling people to Hustle, Find their Feet and Grow. He talks about the lots of Broken Men crashing under the weight of expectations; he talks about boys like Eddie and Edmund who are bullied for the shape of their heads. He humorously addresses how consequences stem from choices and decisions in the poem Never Play Games with the Devil.

The second part of the collection plays on ode to satire as the poet takes on the role of an activist. In this part, we see the anger of the poet against a despotic and undemocratic government, against marauding killer herdsmen and the pastor who has lost his voice. The poet mourns. He mourns for innocent souls that die as a result of the rottenness and lack of accountability of the state.

In the final part, the poet explores the basis of human relationships. The poems here deal with love, commitment, trust…

“I wanted to write a book that would help people form the basis of healthy human relationships, find their feet without any form of pressure and grow at their own pace,” explains the author.

Continuing, “Initial feedback has been phenomenal and I hope this book will be embraced by millions of people and transform lives positively which has always been the end goal.” “I am delighted to release Never Play Games with the Devil and I hope my readers enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it!”

Abimbola Alaba adds, “Tolu’s latest book isn’t a departure from his previous works, in the sense that they are sharp, witty and thought-provoking. However, his new collection takes it further; straddling lines of morality, politics and the general welfare of the world in a way that is sure to leave his readers very satisfied. A wonderful book!

‘Never Play Games with the Devil’ is available now:

About the Author:

Tolu’ Akinyemi hails from Nigeria and currently resides in the UK where he has been endorsed by the Arts Council England as a writer with “exceptional talent”. A talented writer with over 10 years’ experience, Tolu is the author of five outstanding books, one of which is a collection of ‘short essays’ encouraging you to “Unravel Your Hidden Gems”. The four other books form the basis of his poetry collection, ripe for future growth, and which currently includes Dead Lions Don’t Roar, Dead Dogs Don’t Bark, Dead Cats Don’t Meow and his latest release, Never Play Games with the Devil. His books are based on a deep reality and often reflect relationships, life and features people he has met in his journey as a writer. His books have instilled many people to improve their performance and/or their circumstances.  Tolu’ has taken his poetry to the stage, performing his written word at many events. Through his writing and these performances, he supports business leaders, other aspiring authors and people of all ages interested in reading and writing.  Sales of the books have allowed Tolu’ donate to charity, allowing him to make a difference where he feels important, demonstrating that he lives by the words he puts to page.

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