Book Title: BLEEDING SCARS
Author: Elizabeth Ngozi
Genre: Prose, Fiction
Page Number: 148
Book Reviewer: IFEANYI ENOCH ONUOHA
The novel ‘Bleeding Scars‘ by Elizabeth Ngozi is a beautifully knitted story that is enthralling and inspiring. In this book, the author brought life to fiction. This creative masterpiece is a lovely read!
The plot is centered around marriage and family life. This book champions the cause for societal transformation via marriage stability and healthy parenting. Divorce is a cancer weathering the foundation of many marriages today and in this book, you will see how it destroyed the marriage between Ifenna and Ifeoma. This book, will educate you to be wise and careful of third parties who have no intention for your marriage success.
This novel is more than a book, it’s a tool for marriage and family transformation; I am sure some people have similar experience like Jasmine, the major character and her brothers had in this book because many challenges are militating against the peace of many homes in our society.
Elizabeth Ngozi (Lizzy) was born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. She obtained a degree in History and International Studies from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria. Bleeding Scars is her debut novel.
Bleeding Scars is truly a great novel with good plot and the writer knows how to weave words and elicit emotions. I read the book from beginning to end without stopping till I finished; easy to read and lovely.
I endorse and recommend this novel to everyone in our society for if the family is saved, the nation is safe. I give high five to the author for penning this good work. Enjoy it and be your best.
© Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha,
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The seed was planted by an evil prophesy
We heard it whispered many years ago
It ate up our faith like cancer and unleashed fear in us
Like a weed it grew stronger each day, watered by our enemies’ saliva
Slowly but steadily a thick cloud of darkness formed over us
Like an outbreak of Ebola this evil seed contaminated our minds
As a child believes the father, we believed every word
So we began to live it out
Everything about our lives began to fall in line
Every day that passes brought us to our doom day
The prophet of doom had spoken, Balaam has indeed spoken
Who will save us from Balak, we cried
For it was bound to happen, everything around us testified.
All conditions perfect, an evil harvest so certain.
Our beloved bride will be torn apart in pieces
What sin has she committed to deserve this judgment?
Must your life end as the soothsayer proclaimed?
Queen of Africa fully breasted and endowed
Our hearts can’t bear to watch them rip you apart from your perfect curves
So we prepared to die with you for our loyalty is with you.
But suddenly, I hear a voice saying, who shall go for us, who shall we send?
Surely in a vision I saw a lamb with the strength of a lion and the wisdom of an eagle
Rising from among the people on invisible hands with an unimaginable speed, I was sure to expect the unexpected from the least expected.
He was chosen to cut the tree that grew from the evil seed, now about to bear fruits.
To rescue our queen from this evil prophesy of death
Though he was a lamb, he lived among wolves.
And so smelled like them
Yet in his hands lie the destiny of a nation on the cliff of disintegration
But at the appointed time he found courage to separate himself from the wolves and assumed his true identity in order to cut the evil tree.
And sure enough he did not by the weapons of war but the weapon of a brave heart.
For in a minute phone call, he fulfilled his destiny and kept our beloved nation, Giant of Africa as one indivisible entity.
With divine wisdom encapsulated in his humble soul, he defied the audacity of the prophets of doom
So the forces of evil faded away, while peace and Goodluck reigned in our dear country, NIGERIA.
(c) Ifediora Ugochukwu Emmanuel
This poem was written without prejudice to any person or group but to encourage non-violent elections and peaceful transition of governments in Africa.
Ifediora Ugochukwu Emmanuel is a visionary leader, Electrical Electronics Engineer, public speaker and positive change agent.
Jason Womack’s book helped me relearn to say No to some things, unlearn overworking myself and learned to give myself the gift of my attention.
IN THE BEGINNING! Wisdom for Overcoming Career Fear and Uncertainty to Transform Your Life Forever by Sam Semako
Book Title: IN THE BEGINNING! Wisdom for Overcoming Career Fear and Uncertainty to Transform Your Life Forever
Author: Sam Semako
Book Format: eBook
Genre: Career Development & Self-help
Book Reviewer: Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
IN THE BEGINNING! WISDOM FOR OVERCOMING CAREER FEAR AND UNCERTAINTY TO TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE FOREVER by Sam Semako is a clarion call for you to break the chains of your golden handcuffs – comfort zone, challenges, limitations or beliefs which limits you from being your best.
This book is enemical to mediocrity. It will stretch, challenge, motivate, encourage and direct you to arise and make your life come alive.
Note: This book is free and available for download here http://t.co/lE3bh77WAo
Samuel Sameko Jinadu is the is a man passionate about fulfilling purpose and helping people live up to their full potential. He is the lead consultant at Career-Wise Consults.
The book reaffirms what I always tell people: The truth may make you bitter, but it must make you better.’ This small but, mighty book is loaded with timeless truths that will get you fired up to make a better life, living and legacy.
I love this book, I commend the author and recommend it for you!
– Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha is a leader at Hinovelty, Human Capacity Developer, Writer, Award-Winning Author and internationally recognized book reviewer
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Book Title: Diligent Waitress – Hadassah’s Story
Series: Holy Spirit Dairies
Author: Yewande Erinle
Book Format: Paperback & eBook
Book Reviewer: Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
Waiting is not wasting. It is a strategy for champing for greater things.
This book is a phenomenal read, loaded with stories of the gospel of hope, inspiration and transformation. It’s a true testament that loving God is loads of fun.
This beautiful masterpiece will bring you to the light of the saving power of God’s grace, it will empower and position you for betterment in life.
A true diary of the awesome wonders of the Holy Spirit. Make Him your senior partner and experience a quantum leap into greater glory.
The world we live in is full of challenges and this book teaches us to trust in the Lord. This novel will create in you the desire to walk more closely with the Holy Spirit.
A good work by Yewande Erinle, this book is a true description of God’s exceeding love and grace for our life. Hadassah’s story will uplift you. This book is very good. I really enjoyed it. Please order your copy via Amazon and other bookstores. I highly recommend it for you!
Author Yewande Erinle is a Nigerian based in UK, this woman of God is a Pharmacovigilance project manager, with a BSc in Pharmacology from the University of Portsmouth, UK and an MSc in Immunology from Imperial College London, UK. She is married to Lanre Erinle and they have three children. Yewande works in the youth ministry in her church and runs a bible club in her childrens’ school. She is impacting lives positively.
Shittu Abosede is a young Nigerian that is passionate to fulfill purpose and she is daily coming up with ways to impact lives positively. Our team recently met her and she granted us an interview. Relax and enjoy our exclusive interview with this young dame and trailblazer.
Who are you?
My name is Shittu Abosede, I hail from Ogun State, Ijebu Remo precisely. Born in Lagos state in April 29 1991, into the family of seven (parent and sisters).
Am a student, studying Estate Management, presently on trainee at Wale Aderibigbe Estate Surveyor and Valuer. I am always me and can’t be changed for any.
What are you into?
I am into blogging, fashion, online marketing and advertising.
There are billions of people on earth, what are the four selling points (qualities) that distinguish you from this great crowd?
Tell us about the face of Shittu Abosede’s blog?
FOSAB, is a name derived from face of shittu abosede’s blog; this is an online photo contest which makes young adults that are happy in the beauty God has given them to showcase their photo online for friends, family and loved ones to cast in their vote for who they want to emerge as their queen and king, who will be an example of a good role model to the younger ones in the society. For this year, the 18 years old Divine Promise who hails from Anambra State and Oriowo Tosin who hails from Osun State emerged the king and queen of FOSAB 2014. We are happy for them.
What do you want to achieve through it?
I want to achieve lots of beautiful things through it – to share ideas, make young models to kiss success and also acquire basic skills towards reaching out to unreached in other to void people from becoming collateral damage to the society.
How has it been since you started this vision?
It hasn’t been easy but God has been faithful, I can’t say I started in a buoyant note, but I believe the word of God that says, “sorrow may last all night, surely joy will come forth in the morning.” I believe the future holds greater things for both me and you.
What inspires you?
Life inspires me, the world inspires me. To my little knowledge, I have come to understand that we can’t live life twice and i get inspired by living my today for humanity with love, sincerity and truth.
Who are your role models?
Jesus, yes Jesus! He is my role model because he is the best definition of love, and without love, the world itself can never progress.
What is your philosophy of life?
Life is a journey, the more we live on it the more we learn but always live on it like its going to be your last day on earth.
What is the number one thing you want people to know you for?
Describe your family in three words?
My soul mates
Who is a real woman?
A real woman is a woman of good character, her price is far above materials things. She is trusted and makes sure she touches other lives in a positive way. She brings joy to the home and also serve as a good role model in the society.
If you are asked to solve a problem in Nigeria what would that be?
It is unemployment. I am pleading on behalf of all the students out there, both the undergraduate and graduate, that our government should put all hands on deck to create job in other to help the masses, immediately after school and also to help build up the potential, gift deposited in the young ones out there to be able to reach the world at large.
What is your definition of success?
success is not all about money, houses or clothes, but how many lives one is able to change in a positive way.
Are there people you are grateful to on your life’s journey thus fa?
I am grateful to God Almighty, my family and my supporters for believing in me and my dreams. I say a big thanks to you all.
Whats your advice to young people like you?
Firstly, I want them to believe in God because with Him all things are possible. They should believe they can make it in life if only they keep trying, its not always easy at the start but remember quitting is never the solution and also an ark wasn’t built in a day, its a gradual process, so work hard now to be able to add to the development of this country.
Shittu Abosede Enitan blogs at http://itanlabi.blogspot.com and she is a lively person. Soon you will be seeing her doing greater things through the grace of God.
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The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
The history of Nigerian women who made a positive difference nationally and internationally cannot be complete without making mention of Professor Dora Akunyili – a doyenee, a beautiful woman and roe model.
Prof. Dora Nkem Akunyili is a native of Nanka in Anambra State, she was born on July 14, 1954, in Makurdi, Benue State in Nigeria. This woman of excellence was a brilliant young chap during her primary, secondary and undergraduate years. She became a hospital pharmacist and from there rose to a consultant pharmacologist. She was once worked as the south- east zonal secretary of Petroleum Special Trust Fund (P.T.F.).
She was married to Dr. Chike Akunyili and their marriage is blessed with lovely children.
As a scientist and scholar, she has presented papers in numerous local and international events. She is a writer and published author. During her lifetime she supervised PhD and Masters candidates in University of Nigeria Nsukka and Nnamdi Azikiwe University respectively. She also supervised post graduate students in medicine. This lady also was a Chief Examiner in Pharmacology for 3rd MBBS College of Medicine, Abia State University. She was an active member of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria. Dora was renowned for her great strides during her tenure as the Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). She also was appointed Minister of Information. She once ran for election as a senator on the platform of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) but she didn’t win. Dora was a woman of substance. During her life time she was honored with many awards and accolades. Some of them include: African Virtuous and Entrepreneurial Women Merit Award. Person of the Year Award. Time Magazine Award. Award for Excellence Professor Dora Nkem Akunyili was an iron lady, a Shero and great woman leader. Her memories will forever remain fresh in our hearts. Her legacies are indelible. We will forever honor and celebrate her.
“A country grows great when old men plant trees, whose shade they will not live to enjoy.”
– Dora Akunyili
“If we fail to act now, history will not forgive us. I rest my case.”
With a heavy heart and tears in our eyes, we at Hinovelty and all Nigerians join the family of Dr. Chike Akunyili to mourn the passing on to glory of our dear mother, sister, aunty, friend, teacher and role model Dora Nkem Akunyili. May her lovely soul enjoy eternal bliss in God’s blossom.
Hinovelty: Please can we know you?
Preye: I am Preye V. Tambou a high flyer business, readership, and personal development consultant and a young entrepreneur. I am the CEO and Owner of Edgewise Nig. Enterprises, and Founder and National President of Edgewise Readership Networks (ERN)
I am an activational speaker and trainer in the Motivational Speakers Network and the John Maxwell Team, students mentor, youth coach, inspirational gifted writer and editor, a book advocate, and an author of published and unpublished books including, Heroes in Many Trials (written in 2009), The World is a School, Readership Edges, The 17 Dynamic Readers, The Joy of Reading, Stretch To Success, Execute Your Dreams, From Backstage To Platforms, Fame Must Not Kill Your Talents, Entrepreneurship: 12 Ways To Achieve Business Success, and 101 Business Ideas For Young Entrepreneurs and others.
I have held positions like Youth President, Campus Ambassador, Chief Editor, Director of Education, and Coordinator of Human Resource Departments in different company, groups, churches, and organizations.
I have been featured as guest in many television interviews, radio discussions, newspapers, seminars and talk show programmes. My mission is to inspire, motivate and educate people through books, seminars, workshops, counseling, consulting and coaching.
I love innovation, invention, risk taking, networking, writing, swimming, adventure, gospel music, volunteering, selfless service and adding value.
Hinovelty: How old are you?
Preye: I was born on 26th of February 1987 in Lagos Island Nigeria.
Hinovelty: What are you into?
Preye: I am into a wide range of services in business and educational consultancy, counseling and career advisory, training and manpower development, mentoring and reading empowerment, publishing, printing and packaging, branding and networking.
In every school term, I organize mentoring and reading empowerment programmes to Junior and Senior Secondary Schools whereby I invite successful men and women, lawyers, doctors, bankers, architects, engineers, first class graduates and first class students, CEOs of different business organizations, published authors to mention a few, to motivate the students for self improvement, reading, self activation, achieving personal and academic excellence. Thereafter, I donate readable books to schools library and give books to the students free of charge.
The type of books I give to them are, religious books, inspiration books, motivational books, educational books, marketing books, political books, biography books, Autobiography books, scientific books, history books, text books, musical books, comics books, children books and adult books.
Hinovelty: When did you start?
Preye: I started small, from the very ground to where I am now. I founded my organization on September 2, 2011 and since then I have been administering it with my paid staff.
Hinovelty: What’s your driving force?
Preye: Firstly, the Holy Spirit of God has always been acknowledged as my greatest inspiration and insight Provider. And He will always be. Secondly, let me say this; selfless service and adding value to lives around and beyond me is my motivation. Profit making, materials and gifts has never and will never be my motivation. I just want to help the youths to be useful in the society. Day after day, I think on how I can help young people to become job and wealth creators instead of only job seekers. I think I have found my own way to be contributing to the stability, development and growth of Nigeria and Africa at large.
Hinovelty: What led you into this vision?
Preye: I explore to discover this vision that drive me through reading, listening and understanding, observing my environment and attending seminars, conferences and workshops. Right from my childhood my vision has always being helping people to discover and live their dreams, assisting the young people to become committed to lifelong self improvement, helping them develop successful life skills and strategies to be all they can be.
Hinovelty: How has it been since you started?
Preye: It’s been good! Though there are challenges that I considered as stepping stones to where I dream to be. Firstly, my greatest challenge has always come from people’s misunderstanding of who I am. Some people are just born to look for faults in others. I have been set up, gang up and lied against, downgraded, scorned, enviously criticized, and misunderstood by men on several occasions. Secondly, the facing of tribalism, nepotism, and favoritism that goes against my successful organizing of programmes in some community. Thirdly, lack of funds and sponsorship. The cost of organizing programmes in these schools and communities are not easy to come by. Some of the schools visited so far don’t have a big hall that can accommodate large number of students at a time; public address system in schools visited cannot cover the large crowd and some schools don’t even have public address system (PAS), though it’s my plan to setup my own media department in Edgewise. I need funds to carry out my plans. Another challenge is in feeding the young people that are attending our programmes. I want to at least provide biscuits or snacks and water or drinks or solid food to them which will encourage them to stay focus and listen attentively to our invited guest speakers.
So far so good, I have written over 250 partnership and sponsorship letters to several people and organizations but only few replied. And majority of them responded that they can’t help. We don’t have major support financial wise. The only people who have volunteer and assisted us with their books are some few authors and organizations from Nigeria, Ghana and USA.
Hinovelty: Are there people you are grateful to for the success of your vision thus far?
Preye: Yes of cause. They are very many them. I will like to thank Mr. Richard Mammah (Editor-in-Chief/MD of Sunbird African Media), Mr. Emmanuel Okoro (Founder/President of Booktent Resources), and my team members who are also working hard to see the dream come through are my vice president Opeyemi Adenuga, Director of Mobilization and Strategy Philip Okia, National Publicity Relation Officer Jerry Apiakise Evah, Acting Secretary Oscar Japhat, Facebook Page Manager Akinyemi Shokey, Graphic Manager Muyiwa Shodipe Abiodun, Director of Research and Documentation Reginald Dokubo, Website Manager Bamidele Aijejina, Charles Mensah (Director of Edgewise Ghana Chapter), Knishna yedshikar (Director of Edgewise India Chapter) and Donatella Zito (Director of Edgewise Italy Chapter). Thanks to all of them for their support, courage and encouragement. Special thanks to all my fans too. More so, let me use the opportunity to specially thank my sweet mother Mrs. Esan-ere Tambou for her ceaseless prayers, unexplainable support and encouragement.
Hinovelty: What’s your philosophy in life?
Preye: It is God who gives power for men to succeed not experience or human or self. We can’t judge him for anything. More so, we can’t keep judging people by ‘only’ with our own experience of them and by what others are saying about them, we are human not God and life is too full of ups and downs to be doing that.
Hinovelty: Who are your role models?
Preye:I have many mentors and models but this I respect most are world renowned leadership expert John Calvin Maxwell, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye (General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God) and Mr. Kolawole Owolabi (Founder and CEO of Pragmatic Educational Press).
Hinovelty: What’s the one thing you want people to know you for?
Preye: I want to be known as a difference maker, history breaker and positive influencer.
Hinovelty: If you are asked to solve one problem in Nigeria, what will that be?
Preye: It will be Youth Unemployment.
Hinovelty: In your next world, which country will you like to be a citizen of and why?
Preye: Is Nigeria of cause? I love my country. This is where I belong. Nigeria will be my country whether in this world or the next. God made me a citizen of this country to solve some challenging problem like youth unemployment, bad reading culture, inequality and ageism.
Hinovelty: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Preye: I see myself as becoming more skilled, more efficient person, a peak performer, problem solver and make my organization The Edgewise Company as one of the top organization in Africa. I see myself building schools, business organizations, professional and educational training centers, real estates, and employing people.
Hinovelty: What’s your advice to other youths?
Preye: My advice to other young people is that today, I encourage you to reach high for the stars, throw of the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds of your sails, explore, discover, start small but dream big, go confidently in the direction of your dreams and live the life you’ve imagined. See you at the top. God bless Nigeria. God bless Africa.
Preye Tambou is making a positive difference and we encourage all and sundry to support him. We at Hinovelty, will keep supporting him and others making positive contributions in different communities.
Just want to blow up to the limelight
Forgetting there is darkness to ignite.
Woke up one night,
I discovered the moonlight.
I thought it embraced the sky in a twinkle of an eye
But the nature took me through processes
I saw a candle light consuming a mighty mansion.
Miles can’t be covered in a day, it starts with a step.
The creation of the world wasn’t a child’s play
But it’s beauty keeps us living.
Uphold the tower of patience,
Behold peace,when situations are unbearable.
Hit hard the blockage to your destination
And light up you generation’s darkness.
Never give up
Either failure nor success
Keep the fire burning
Don’t render yourself helpless
Don’t blame your failure on anyone
So that it won’t deny you succeeding
the strength to rise above it.
Mankind must encounter challenges
And overcoming them depends on your heart of believing
Visualize the gift of your inheritance
Prove to the night,you are better then the moonlight.
Be contented with your inheritance.
Don’t be caged by others styles,
It may leads to your destruction.
Instead innovate a healthy style for them to copy.
Don’t be forced to hell by frustrations
rise above your tribulations.
Ignore shames to conquer blames
Take charge of your destiny to gain your birthrights.
Don’t turn yourself into an hypocrite of success
And live forever like a wise king.
Idowu Joshua is a Nigerian-born young poet, raised in Ibadan, a native of Ekiti State. He loves making friends, sketching and writing. He began writing some years ago when he was inspired by a teacher. This young penpro is talented and has a bright future.