Painfully Shy African Kid Turns
Superhero Speaker & Author,
Giving Voice to Underdog Kids Everywhere.
Bolaji O is an Award-Winning Speaker,
a Bestselling Author
with 50 Superhero Books Under his Belt,
and a Producer of Superhero Animated Shorts.
But don’t be fooled.
This hero couldn’t always leap tall buildings in a single bound.
To learn how we got a shy, awkward kid from Africa
dared to dream of being the next Walt Disney,
let’s start at the beginning…
My Father Was a Storyteller.
He grew up a poor farm boy, in a tiny rural Nigerian town.
But he was a dreamer. He wrote himself into a different story.
That different story had him getting scholarships to Secondary school,
moving to the big city, marrying his college sweetheart,
and earning his PhD.
My Mother was a Storyteller.
Childhood ailments taught my Mom quiet strength and determination.
Then, her father’s early death plunged my Mom and her six siblings into poverty overnight.
But she believed she was meant to do more. She wrote herself into a different story.
That different story had her excelling at every academic level, marrying her college sweetheart,
earning her MD and PhD.
So they had me, and I lived happily ever after. Right?