Bayo Akomolafe (PhD) is an ethnopsychotherapeutic researcher, lecturer and author from Covenant University in Nigeria. He is an international speaker, poet and activist for a radical paradigm shift in consciousness and current ways of living. He is Coordinator of the International Alliance for Localization. Bayo and his ‘life-force’, Ej, are currently on a journey to reclaim their lives and intimacy with the earth, with others and with community. He is writing his first novel, The Boy Who Stayed Outside. Ej and Bayo are ecstatic parents of a girl, Alethea.
Disenchanted with the single story about wellness and being he had received via his Eurocentric clinical training, Bayo embarked on a quest to seek out the less-than-obvious stories his own people had told for hundreds of years. He met with Yoruba shaman-priests who spoke glowingly about the vibrancy of the nonhuman world, the limitations of human agency and identity, and a more holistic notion of prosperity and abundance. They taught him the limitations of 'the white man's pills' and urged a collective shift from the hubris of modernity to a deepened alliance with the web of life, saying: 'In other to find your way, you must lose it'. For Bayo, the shamans reinvigorated his recognition of truth as sacred play. Bayo continues to examine through his writing and talks how stories give birth to reality.