Wednesday 16 June 2021

'Reflections'... over Nollywood’s big players on shelf

Book cover of Reflections. Pic: c/o FAJ.

RELEASED on Tuesday, Femi Akintunde-Johnson's book titled Reflections had its digital version unveiled.

The author, popularly known as FAJ, is one of Nigeria’s most celebrated journalists in Nigeria.

The 300+-page book is said to be filled with enriched information, personal recollections, detailed fact-checking of many of the major works of Nigeria’s movie and heatre stars across the ages. It also includes some never-before-seen photographs provided by these actors or their family members and associates for those who have moved on. 

The author says that the book is “an anthology, a collection of my thoughts, observations, and sentiments during more than three decades chronicling the Nigerian entertainment industries as a journalist, critic, and systemic rewarder.”

Reflections was launched at an exclusive virtual gathering hosted by former Guardian on Sunday editor and culture activist, Jahman Oladejo Anikulapo, and the Culture Advocates Caucus, CAC.

“Breezy without being pedestrian and intellectual without alienating any reader who seeks knowledge," states Niran Adedokun, a writer, PR practitioner, journalist and author of “The Danfo Driver in All of Us'. "This book at once, sets the records straight, venerates those to whom honour is due and inspires opportunities for further scholarship on the subject matter. It is recommended for everyone whose feet itch for a role in the variety of opportunities that the Nigerian film industry offers.”

Sola Osofisan, founder and Editor-in-Chief of, enthuses: “What Reflections captures in snackable bites, divided into seven chapters, are the profiles of the luminaries whose radical thinking and struggles manifested in the shining beacon now called Nollywood.”  

Femi Akintunde-Johnsonn enlistedhis name in the Nigerian media with forays in editing entertainment pages of The Punch newspapers, defunct Climax mag between 1988 and 1991. He rose to become Editor and E-in-C of Climax, and popular titles - Fame, Encomium, New Treasure and TPL - consecutively between 1991 and 2015 (the latter four, he co-founded). 

An engaging writer and analyst, FAJ is also the mastermind behind four of Nigeria's best-known awards of the 90s: Fame Music Awards (FMA), The Movie Awards (THEMA), The REEL Awards and Awards for Musical Excellence in Nigeria (AMEN). 

A graduate of English from the University of Jos, he has lectured at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism; and led a training initiative called Basic Skills Academy. He is also a columnist with ThisDay Newspapers, an avid reader and speaker. 

Two books bear his name: 'Lifelines: A Slice of My Life' and 'Footprints: Interventions in Nigerian Entertainment', both published in 2011.

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