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I find it a little surprising to read a book on marriage by Africa’s second richest woman and a business tycoon. At first glance at the introductory part of the book, I thought to myself- How can a woman with so much affluence and influence, possess such level of humility with fear and love for God?

When I came to know that she’s stayed married for 35years to her husband, I wondered how this was made possible, how is she able to stay committed to her vows and love for her husband despite several raging storms that comes with marriage. Maybe because I think it to be rare to find any woman in her class and status to be able to have stayed married for 35 years without divorce or because knowing the kind of wealth she controls, in addition to being richer and highly placed above her husband, I thought it impossible for her to have achieve this feat in life, talk more of writing the book University of Marriage, which I see as a lifeline to a new beginning especially for those whose marriages are falling apart.

In the University of Marriage, Mrs Alakija is seen as a mentor and coach as she shares tips and strategies in three parts to help married couples work on their marriages. She provides vital information on what marriage is about and how to make it work. Also to been seen are challenging life experiences told to her with honest answers.

This 140 page book teaches on the ingredients of a good marriage, common reasons why marriages fail and provide short case studies with responses.

I will recommend this book for not just married couples, but singles especially in courtship.



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I must admit that despite the attractive book cover, I was not sure what to expect from The Smart Money Women. My reasons where simple. First, I had never heard of the author and second, I am usually sceptical about books that claim to teach you how to put your money to good use. I usually find such books boring and to me they seldom offer practical advice. Arese Ugwu’s book turned out to be different!

I must confess I skipped over the financial advice bits and read the actual story of Zuri and her friends. It was nice to read about the hot spots in Lagos – this brought the characters close to home and made them relevant to today’s Nigerian woman. When I had finished the novel I went back to read through the financial lessons in each chapter. I found them pretty easy to follow.

This 210-page book is divided into 12 chapters. At the end of each chapter, Arese defines certain terminologies used in a section called “Smart Money Lesson”. Afterwards, she gives her readers a number of simple (but powerful) exercises to enable them realise where they are at in terms of financial health, create a road map and action plans to get them to their desired financial goal.

This book tackles debt, spending, the entrepreneurial culture of the African middle class, the fear and misconceptions surrounding money and the lack of it, love, friendships, cultural and societal pressures and the roles they play in success.

The Smart Money Woman is a pretty good and easy read especially for those looking to turn their financial situations around.