I recall the look of shock and surprise on their faces each time my baby moved, it was like magic for them until the day one of the ladies asked after she hugged me……’why is your tummy so hard?” We all erupted into laughter as she asked, especially the married folks while she looked at me perplexed. ‘I was just curious, I wonder what it feels like, I wonder what I would look like and feel during my own time,’ her eyes widened a little with fear as she whispered to me. 'They told me it’s very painful giving birth to a child.' Behind the Little Bundles of Joy is an inspirational book that details the journey of a naive first-time mother through pregnancy and later as a waiting mum dealing with infertility. For every woman and man aspiring to be a parent, this is your go -to book.
The First Flute is divided into two sections: each one for each Author. The first section is a memoir of a typical Nigerian kid while growing up. It is funny, and it will leave you wanting for more. The second section is a compilation of short stories, all fictional. Some are romantic, some are supernatural, and some are inspirational. Take your pick.
Be Fearless: Give Yourself Permission To Be You is the memoir of the author; Jane Egerton. Rising from the slums of Ajegunle in Lagos, Nigeria, to brokering million-dollar deals for global telecoms giants. Hers is a story of hope, challenging gender roles, and embracing who you are. Written with the girl or woman who dreams of more in mind, Jane Egerton-Idehen; daughter, sister, friend, telecoms executive, wife, mother, mentor, coach, and dreamer; explores the cultural expectations, biases, and impossibilities that turn dreams of career success into wishful thinking and demystifies them. Peppered with candid anecdotes, she discusses her less-privileged background, education, career journey, marriage, motherhood, mentoring, and passions in the easy style that she uses to engage audiences at her speaking tours. In this book, the author invites readers to discuss the adjustments needed for career women to succeed because the rules of engagement were created with men in mind. Her hope is that we can all cheerlead them to the finish line
Running on Rocks draws on Patience Etudo’s personal experience and other real-life stories to document the challenges women face as either stay-at-home mums or career women and addresses the notoften-talked-about task of combining domestic responsibilities with a career and the sacrifices women have to make in order to have a balanced life.
With vivid illustrations and abrasive insight, Chinazor Onianwah gathers strewn skeletal remains of Africa’s history, fleshes it out and breadths life into it in typical griot style; this is the Africa that comes alive in this narrative, It Takes a Village to Name a Child: Celebrating the bestowment of Ancestry, Faith, Identity and Legacy. In this narrative, which intertwines history, archeological data and mythology, he compels his readers to re-evaluate stereotypes and what it means to be African. After all, it was barely 60,000 years ago that we all came out of Africa. Painstakingly, Chinazor employs his wealth of experience as a news reporter/researcher to connect dots of historical events since the beginning of time through Biblical "Genesis" to the present day to render a befitting portraiture of Africa. And in so doing, answered frequently asked questions:• Why a naming ceremony is essential for an African child• How the Ashkenazim (European Jews) usurped Hebraism and the Holy Land• Are blacks less intelligent than whites?• What is in a name like Barack Hussein Obama?• Why Africa is so rich yet so poor Excerpt:On October 14, 2007, a few months after Barack Obama announced his candidacy in the US Democratic presidential race, a biographical article appeared in Britain’s Sunday Times Magazine about Dr. James Watson, the American molecular biologist, who is best known as the co-discoverer of the structure of DNA. It said he was "inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa as all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours — whereas all the testing says not really." In what appears to be a response to racists who hold similar views as Dr. James Watson, in a paper titled "Did they or didn’t they invent it? Iron in Sub-Saharan Africa," Stanley B. Alpern wrote, "The idea that sub-Saharan Africans independently invented iron is more than a century old. It goes back at least to a German scholar, Ludwig Beck, who published a five-volume history of iron between 1884 and 1903. In the first volume he wrote, "We see everywhere an original art of producing iron among the numerous native tribes of Africa, which is in its entire essence not imported but original and . . . must be very old." Around the same time some Egyptologists, notably the Frenchman Gaston Maspéro, concluded that ancient Egypt had learned its iron working from black Africans to the south. The German Felix von Luschan, better known among Africanists for his writings on the art of old Benin, also thought sub-Saharan Africans originated iron technology, as did the British metallurgist William Gowland..."
Not This Widow is an intimate and poignant memoir about the sudden death of a much-loved husband and father. After unexpectedly becoming a widow, Dilys Sillah recounts her experience of transitioning from a devoted wife to a young widow thwarted with challenges she could never have imagined. Losing a loved one is gut-wrenching enough, yet this book explores the significant role that culture and tradition play in stifling the grieving process of new widows. Not This Widow, speaks of the unspoken challenges, pressures and traditions forced upon some widows. Complete with four stories from other women who share similar experiences, this book gives voice to many widows whose stories and experiences have gone undocumented and urges us to change the narrative. This book provides practical advice for anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one. It is a powerful story of resilience, steely determination and dignity, giving hope to anyone who has loved and lost too soon.
This story was written as divinely instructed; of God’s mercy and how He leaves the 99 to find the one lost sheep. It’s the story of the healing that can be found only in Christ.
Even if you do not have a clue about about NYSC, you will discover in this entirely relatable story what can happen when one person ventures into the amazing, challenging unknown - and the strange adventure that unfolds. This is a witty and refreshing recollection of life within the four walls of a Nigerian National Youth Service (NYSC) Orientation Camp that would also resonate with anyone who has ever been through the experience. A refreshing story that will appeal to any new Corper about to enter into Camp, as well as rake up nostalgic feelings for those who are done with it. - Chude Jideonwo, Chief Executive Officer at, Joy, Inc. and author of Are We The Turning Point Generation? This is an amazing, witty memoir that transports me back to 1999 when I was posted to Nassarawa. I love it! And at time when the value of the National Youth Service scheme is being debated, this is a reminder that the lived experience of people must remain at the heart of policy-making. - Modupe Adefeso-Olateju, Managing Director at The Education Partnership Centre. A hearty, honest and sometimes hilarious account of Tunmise's three-week NYSC Orientation Camp. The book gives amusing perspectives on love, laughs, life and... "lazy korfas," all within the compressed space and time called Camp. - Tokunbo Emmanuel, CEO at Sophos Books and author of The Shift of a Lifetime
“I’ve never heard anyone say, ‘The really deep lessons of life have come in times of ease and comfort.’ But, I have heard many saints say, ‘Every significant advance I’ve ever made in grasping the depth of God’s love and growing deep with Him has come through suffering.’” ~ John Piper Suffering with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, 48-year-old Jay Udodong clung to his deep faith in God trusting he would be ushered into heaven when he took his final breath. On his last day, longing to see his Lord and Savior, Jay whispered to Grace, his wife, “It’s time to celebrate Jesus.” Then he peacefully closed his eyes and passed on to eternity. Desperate and unable to share the peace her husband embraced till the end; Grace cried out to God, “Why would You take a loving husband and father from his family when he is still so young?” God replied with gentleness and love, “Grace, what you have experienced is one tiny piece of a thousand-piece life puzzle. It cannot make sense to you unless you are able to focus on the bigger picture.” The more He spoke to her heart, the more she understood. In this moving memoir, Grace Udodong shares her powerful story of love, loss and the unexpected path that led her to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. God’s whispers to Grace in the midst of her valley drew her to Him and taught her these truths: When we seek God in our pain, He is able to heal. When we seek God in our lack, He is able to provide. When we seek God in our confusion, He is able to direct. When we seek God in our emptiness, He is able to satisfy. Inspired by God through prayer and Bible reading, Grace came to intimately “KNOW” Him and the power of His presence as He walked her through the wilderness of bitterness and grief to a paradise of forgiveness, healing and peace. May you be encouraged by her story of hope. God truly IS enough.
In a world where values are fast eroding, Loretta seeks to share her unique experience growing up in Benin, Nigeria, with her Father, a man who had a lot to teach. My Father's Daughter is a true inspirational story of the experiences of a little girl, a young lady and a grown woman, seeing the world as it could be, through her daddy's eyes, experiencing the world as it is after he was no more, the betrayals, the hardships, the resolute resolve, and finally, a tale of love, of a woman accomplished, drawing from the strength of character instilled in her by her loving father, so many years ago. My Father's Daughter is a timely guide, a recollection of old age values that are still relevant for success today in family life as well as at work or in business.
In the journey of purpose, it is not new that life comes with various phases. There are ups and of course downs, though to many they only count their blessings and forget the downs which paved way for the ups. We all celebrate the success, forgetting failures that pruned and made us. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying we should not make a move but rather we shouldn’t neglect the obstacles which cannot but complete the story. It is easy to say we are fine while right from within we know we are not, trying to find a balance in a world that cares less and of course we pretending we all have got it altogether, when in the real sense our whole being is crying for help. Life presents us a life of pretence and trying to match up with the standard of the world rather than what God says of us. Forgetting that no one has got the same fingerprint as yours, we live, comparing our life with others and seeking for the validation of men which produces no better result than insecurity, unworthiness. The journey to wholeness starts with Christ who is the head of all principalities and power. Wholeness is inward and never outward. God has called us to spend more time with the inward and not the outward. Oh yes, out of the heart flows the issues of life. You might have not gotten the perfect life but God is more concerned with your inward nature for that reproduces the outward being. To be truly whole, you need to start looking out for completion not in self, man and material but rather living a life dependent on him, who is the source of your being. We are defined in the likeness of the creator and never by the past. The past sharpens us but never define us.