Tolu’ A. Akinyemi makes history with new poetry collection

Notable Nigerian poet, essayist, storyteller, and children’s author Tolu’ A. Akinyemi’s latest collection of poems, ‘Architects of a Cleaner Financial System’ etches his name in the poetry hall of fame.

Acclaimed Nigerian writer and poet Tolu’ A. Akinyemi is the first poet in recorded history to publish a full-length collection of financial crime compliance poems. The multiple award-winning author who has previously published twenty books has shown the inimitable power of the written word and how writers can break boundaries using literary powers to achieve this.

The Newcastle-based author cum Financial Crime Compliance Consultant who has over a decade of experience working within the Financial Services sector has set a great precedent that many will seek to emulate in the years ahead.

A synopsis of ‘Architects of a Cleaner Financial System:

Architects of a Cleaner Financial System is a collection of poems that x-rays inherent risks within financial crime compliance and how we can mitigate them. The poet addresses subjects such as Compliance Programs; Know Your Customer, Sanctions; Anti-Money Laundering; Due Diligence; Politically Exposed Persons; Risk Assessments; Screening; and many other topics.

Filled with evocative language and demonstrating a mastery of the subject, this collection is the first in living memory that uses poetry as a tool to dissect issues within financial crime compliance.

Tolu’ said, “To be the first writer, poet, and human to achieve this phenomenal feat gives me immense satisfaction. I hope this body of work will be a reference point for many generations to come.”

Commenting further, he stated, “Writing this book was spontaneous and never planned, but the publication is a testament that dreams are truly valid.”

Nisha Joseph adds, “This compilation of poems by Tolu’ will be a great resource for professionals within Financial Crime Compliance. They show a true reflection of the enormous talent Tolu’ possesses, and his wealth of knowledge in the field of financial crime compliance.”


Tolu’ A. Akinyemi (also known as Tolutoludo & the Lion of Newcastle) is a multiple award-winning author in the genres of poetry, short stories, children’s literature, and essays.

His works include Dead Lions Don’t Roar (poetry, 2017); Unravel Your Hidden Gems (essays, 2018); Dead Dogs Don’t Bark (poetry, 2018); Dead Cats Don’t Meow (poetry, 2019); Never Play Games With the Devil (poetry, 2019); Inferno of Silence (short stories, 2020); A Booktiful Love (poetry, 2020); Black ≠ Inferior (poetry, 2021); Never Marry a Writer (poetry, 2021); Everybody Don Kolomental (poetry, 2021); I Wear Self-Confidence Like a Second Skin (children’s literature, 2021); I Am Not a Troublemaker (children’s literature, 2021); Born in Lockdown (poetry, 2021); A god in a Human Body (poetry, 2022); If You Have To Be Anything, Be Kind (children’s literature, 2022); City of Lost Memories, (poetry, 2022); Awaken Your Inner Lion, (essays, 2022); On The Train To Hell, (poetry, 2022); You Need More Than Dreams (poetry, 2023); and The Morning Cloud is Empty (poetry, 2023).

He is a co-founder of Lion and Lilac, a UK-based arts organisation, and sits on the board of many organisations.      

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