The Book: Working on a Dream


Working on a Dream: Lessons in Life and Business is a manual for living and working that draws on a myriad of experiences and observations. It shines a light on the numerous landmines that are in the path of an entrepreneur and anyone who has ever wanted to pursue a dream. Most of all, it dissects many of the interesting, and often, unanswered questions that life throws at us in our daily endeavours.

It covers a number of diverse topics including how to assess risks; unique approaches to solving problems; bouncing back from setbacks; managing subordinates, peers and bosses; ambition; fighting the fear of failure; and seeing the big picture, all concepts that are applicable in business as well as in general life. The book features lots of motivating quotes, street smarts, wit and wisdom, packed into an easy-to-read format. For those looking to make a mark in their chosen field, Working on a Dream is a worthy companion to offer inspiration and practical guidance.

What People Are Saying…

A terrific, easy to read narrative of a young man’s experiences and life lessons that are applicable in so many contexts. A must read for aspiring entrepreneurs and career professionals.

Omobola Johnson. Partner – TLCom. Former Minister of Communication Technology, Federal Republic of Nigeria

In many ways, as I read this book, I felt like Gbolahan was speaking directly to me. From his copious use of some of my most memorable adverts and his witty references about driving to buttress his wise points; I could see myself in the situations he portrayed.

From the opening chapter about knowing who you are to the conclusion about being prepared, Gbolahan dispenses valuable life and business lessons like projectiles from a GI with an M16 in a Hollywood blockbuster. His accuracy however is more akin to precise sniper fire. Though the experiences he talks about are largely his own, they traverse a rich and storied existence of learning and achievement that few can claim and all can learn from. 

When you read Working on a Dream, be sure to have a highlighter handy, you will need one to keep track of all the valuable nuggets embedded within.

Chima Okenimkpe. Chief Creative Officer – Publicis (West & Central Africa)

Gbolahan’s compulsive habit of documenting otherwise innocuous experiences has served him well; and enabled him to create an acutely relatable narrative about all the things that keep Nigerian entrepreneurs awake at night. You might disagree with him once or twice but you will not be bored. Working on a Dream is the book that bosses should get for their staff, and staff should get for their bosses.

Bankole Oluwafemi. Editor –

In business or general life, the dreams that we pursue are most often interwoven with and borne out of our life experiences. Gbolahan vividly brings out exactly this point in his book and goes further to ascertain that pursuing such dreams are not mutually exclusive to having a great family life. Great read for those pursuing higher dreams!

Peter Bamkole. Founder/Director – Enterprise Development Centre, Pan-Atlantic University

In Working on a Dream, Gbolahan shares his thoughts on life and entrepreneurship through his personal journey. It’s an inspiring read for anyone that seeks to take stock of their life, redefine what’s important and learn from the missteps and triumphs of a successful entrepreneur in Africa.

Wole Famurewa. Markets Editor, West Africa – CNBC Africa

Not your regular self-help book. Gbolahan gives a frank account of his entrepreneurial and life journey devoid of patronising rhetoric.

Muyiwa Matuluko. Editor-in-Chief –