Easily one of my favorite conversations this year. The depth of Bayo Akomolafe’s wisdom is pretty much limitless. Listen in and be blown away. Bayo and I cover a lot of ground here, digging into the importance of ritual, the role of stories in our growth and how those stories are influenced by what’s around us, the “atmosphere” of trauma, the microbiome, cripestimology, and looking for (as he calls it) the cracks in human agency.
Dr. Bayo Akomolafe is a globally acclaimed lecturer, speaker, and proud diaper-changer, and considers his most sacred work to be learning how to be with his daughter, his son, and his wife Ijeoma.
“To learn the importance of insignificance” is the way he frames a desire to reacquaint himself with a world that is irretrievably entangled, preposterously alive, and completely partial.
After losing his diplomat father to a sudden heart complication, Bayo became a reclusive teenager, seeking to get to the “heart of the matter” as a response to his painful loss. He sought to apply himself to the extremes of his social conditioning, his faith, and his eventual training as a clinical psychologist, graduating summa cum laude from Covenant University in Nigeria. Largely nurtured and trained in a world that increasingly fell short of his deepest desires for justice, Bayo’s doctoral research involved meeting with traditional healers as part of his quest to understand trauma, mental wellbeing, and healing in new ways.
His deep questions and concerns for decolonized landscapes has congealed into a life devoted to exploring the nuances of a “magical” world “too promiscuous to fit neatly into our fondest notions of it.”
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