Like Mahatma Gandhi’s 7 Sins in the World and Moses’ 10 Commandments, Seyi Babs puts to writing 30 THINGS ‘MA-DA’ NEVER TAUGHT ME. These are Lessons learnt from Growing up which are indispensable gems for living, mentoring and parenting. Each page invites each reader to drink from his cup of experience in view of fostering better future experiences for all. The book honors the labors of MA-DA (the Authors’ Parent), whom through thick and thin toiled to remain good stewards of God’s gift entrusted to their care.

The book is a free ride into the diary of the Author, who (while growing up) took notes of not only the kites that flew in the sky, but also notes of the actions of his first heroes (Ma-Da).

The book is sectioned into 30 chapters, with each creative chapter providing a lesson learnt from growing up. It is imperative to note that the book covers the most important lessons of growing up.

Finally, each chapter is a John Mason’s style of section; so short to keep the reader away from boredom, long enough to cover the main thing.

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About The Author

Babalola Ebenezer Oluwaseyi

Babalola Ebenezer Oluwaseyi

Known by the pen name "Seyi Babs," and renowned for his penchant in writing, Babalola Ebenezer Oluwaseyi is an avid reader, eloquent speaker and a prodigious penman.

He serves as the Digital Content Officer of PISON GROUP, one of Africa's finest literary and leadership firm.

He doubles as a writer and reporter for FUOYENEWS, a prominent campus blog in Ekiti State, Nigeria. His writing specialty ranges from content writing, ghostwriting, copy editing et al.

An addicted writer cum Author, he has two published works to his name, CRACKED PITCHER and 30 THINGS MA-DA NEVER TAUGHT ME.

Recently, he competed in the HULT PRIZE FOUNDATIONS' 2020 HULT PRIZE CHALLENGE in the Abuja Regionals.

With certifications in Agripreneurship and Professional Writing, he is an addicted Social worker, who's given to human capital development and creating impacts in his society, in line with the UN'S Sustainable Development Goals.

In December 2019, he got awarded as CMA's Best Writer on Nigerian campuses. He has trained a good number of writers in his years of professional writing.

As a motivational actor, public speaker and serial entrepreneur, he believes the world is made of words and is committed to weaving them for God's glory and man's betterment.

On a day he's not helping, he'd be seen drinking a little too much soda while meditating.


Reminiscences of my childhood days comes with mixed feelings often nostalgic, sometimes euphoric and other times contrary. No room is left for regrets as I know life never came with an instruction manual which necessitates mistakes as an inevitable phenomenon. A part of me desires to relive those days especially the times of cherished events. I grew up in the hoods, where the number of years you’d spend on earth is determined by how you live. If you do anyhow, you go see anyhow. So far, I have lived most of my life in the Northern part of Nigeria. Being a Westerner, schooling and living in the Northern part of a country –where before you are asked if you’ve eaten today, you’d sure be questioned where you are from –was quite challenging. 

Like I rightly heard once, “to survive here, you have to be street-smart.” I could go on to add that aside being street smart, you need to learn from the experiences of people, else you wouldn’t be alive to have a better experience. You need to listen attentively to the long sermons before each new school session that ends with “…remember the son of whom you are.” You need to be smart enough to pick up good lessons the way you sight –from afar –a ripe and juicy fruit hanging on a tree in the middle of someone else’s compound.

There’s also need to make mistakes, stand up firm, and write out the experiences. Cautiously treading on the good paths of those who went on before you is paramount. You need to be down to earth and most of all, you need good motivation. This is what this book promises to offer you.

Growing up with the Aishas and Abubakars, I learnt creativity at its zenith. What I called akara they called kose, when I say airport they said airfort. Despite divergences in language, accent, religion, and worldview, we felt free to blend all spheres of life harmoniously and of course, it was a sweet-sweet experience. Looking back, it is only easier to apply this free principle. Today, “MA-DA” is a harmonious blend of Ma (Mother) and Dad (Father).

Whatever lesson learnt growing up was a sum total of their collective efforts. In this book, I chose to focus majorly on what I learnt from them. It is imperative to note that these lessons were drawn from keen observance of their way of life as well the sitz im leben surrounding my upbringing. Some stories have been slotted in to make your reading an Alice-in-Wonderland experience. They are not for mere grammatical aesthetics but embodies in them timeless lessons which serves as a compass for an adventurous sojourn.

Happy Reading!

Seyi Babs.


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