What's good world. Listen up. This young man has something to say. Inspired by the music artist Big K.R.I.T.'s Erykah Badu-sampled, melodic track "Kings Blues", the appropriately titled King Without A Crown is a "call to arms" for a generation of "standouts in the superficial". In 2011, fresh off a college degree and shaken by a failed attempt at professional football, Atlanta-born and bred 22-year old Afu Okosun found himself at the lowest of lows. After homelessness, unemployment and "the real world" forced him even closer to God, what started out as a "vent" of sorts turned into his personal address to the world. Armed with nothing but four walls, a laptop, and a vision, K.W.A.C. was birthed. In the book, the self proclaimed "generational activist" takes you on a transparent journey into his world growing up in an African household on the south side of Atlanta and the trial and error he experienced finding his way into manhood. From there, he goes on to challenge his peers on issues such as self-identity, relationships, and purpose, to name a few. K.W.A.C.'s emotional, uncut delivery is sure to leave you speechless at times but it will also reaffirm the dream of leaders past, albeit in a new form, alive and well in this generation. Where does a generation turn when it lacks direction? Who among us will press the issues that need to be addressed? When will we step up to the responsibility of being leaders and not followers? And two years later, the question still remains... What's a King Without A Crown?
The book, entitled King Without A Crown, is Okosun’s introduction to the world and wake-up call for a generation. The Big K.R.I.T. inspired short read is aimed at grabbing the attention of young people just like him. The 24-year old self-proclaimed “generational activist” is using K.W.A.C. as a “call to arms” to his generation, especially young black men, to aspire for more than 15 minutes of fame, but to make an impact in the world that will be felt for generations. A “student” of the late, great Tupac Shakur, Okosun sees the need for us all to acknowledge and deal with our vices as ‘Pac did, but be bold enough to do more than just enough. With role models like that, the best bet is that you’ve only just begun to hear about Mr. Okosun.