Thank You for Giving Me the Best Birthday Yet

It was my birthday yesterday, April 2, 2019 and truth be told, I have not been so overwhelmed by an outpouring of love in such a long time or may be ever. When B called me on April 1 to ask me how I was feeling about my birthday as it approached, she was speaking from a place of concern and knowledge of how birthdays often led me down a contemplative path and ended with me being indifferent because I usually felt under-accomplished. So, when I told her I was indifferent about it, she retorted, “I would have been surprised if you had said anything else.”

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How I Know I am Smitten

This is how I know I am smitten

I roll your name on my tongue at dawn

A force of habit that yields a soothing

Like gingered mint in the wake of rain

This is how I know I am smitten

I hear the tickling echoes of your name

At the cracking of my knuckles at noon

Such sweetness in short busts of pain

This is how I know I am smitten

My feet map my way to my bed at dusk

Where a million memories of you stand

Like sentries accepting of no intruders

This is how I know I am smitten

I find re-entry points at every marked exit

And think of us playing musical chairs

Like teens thrilled by surrounding inadequacies.

Tobi Adebowale

March 21, 2019

About Me!

Tobi Adebowale is a resourceful and driven lawyer working with the Energy & Natural Resources practice group of Banwo&Ighodalo where he advises on diverse oil and gas transactions including acquisition and divestment of assets, development and construction of petroleum refineries, investment in the various segments of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) and Nigeria’s budding mining industry.

Prior to joining Banwo & Ighodalo, Tobi worked as an Associate with foremost commercial law firm, George Etomi & Partners where he advised on different aspects of Nigeria’s electricity value chain, investment in gaming, financing infrastructure, acquisition of content distribution licences and the launch of digital payments platforms.

As a lawyer, Tobi delights in using a combination of his knowledge of the law, industry insight and negotiation skills to bring about the best obtainable results for clients.

In 2015, Tobi started a law blog, Lawyard, which has grown to become one of Nigeria’s most popular legal information websites. He has also contributed research papers on Aviation, Health Litigation, and Water Resources to national and global journals including the International Law Office, Getting the Deal Through, and the World Bank’s Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) journals respectively.

Tobi has worked with the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Section on Business Law and the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) on amendment of laws governing Nigeria’s business climate. He provided support to the Technical Committee on Conference Planning for the 2018 Annual General Conference of the NBA where he coordinated two sessions on Indigenous Operatorship of Oil and Gas Assets, and Disruptive Technology in Legal Education and Practice. He is also a member of the Continuing Legal Education & Mentorship committee of NBA Lagos Branch.

In his spare time, Tobi writes essays and poetry on law, politics and social relations.


A Personal Manifesto

I believe in a world where every man is able to create opportunities for his own success. It is my utmost desire to see a better Nigeria and a thriving African continent. We are the generation saddled by the circumstances of our birth and the opportunities availed us, with the task of thinking through and collaborating to address the infrastructure challenge of the continent, from Lagos to Limbe, from Maputo to Marrakech and from Niamey to Nairobi. As for me, I make a solemn promise to keep pushing the limits on this path.