THE SMART MONEY WOMAN: A GUIDE TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM

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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.

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BOOK SUMMARY OF WHEN GOD CAME BY ELECHI AMADI

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Main characters:

  1. Mr God
  2. UN
  3. Prof Ekpo
  4. Habiba
  5. Secretary General of the United Nations
  6. Security council

The novel When God Came by Elechi Amadi comprises of two stories- Song of the Vanquished and When God came.

It is easy to discern from the narrative of this multifaceted yet easy to read book, the growing concern of the author for man, its future and environment. The notion he has formulated while being revelatory about the subject is centred around Nigeria and findings of scientist especially astronomers. His perspective has its root in the ancient times when nuclear fusion was perfected – this made people believe that the golden age of man had arrived and the problem of dumping vast quantities of radioactive ash from crude nuclear power houses was no more, decadence of the species and man’s expedition especially astronomers to the first encounter with extra-terrestrial being.

The first story in the novel started with the arrival of an extra-terrestrial creature with an unusual appearance- Mr God to the house of the Secretary General of the United Nations uninvited. He disrupts his almost unconscious mind (sleep) with a buzz from his intercom by his Head of Security-Mr Chris talking about a man insisting on seeing him for a brief talk about human beings on this planet and introduced himself s their creator.

All attempts to stop Mr God from seeing the S.G by security personnel’s failed as doors opened automatically for him, no one could touch him nor come so close to him because of an invisible wall as described by the character Mr Chris. When he finally gained entrance into the house of the S.G as well as his attention, he requested that the Security Council be summoned so that he could speak with them and thereafter, to the world. All efforts to stop the convening of members of the Security Council for this discussion with Mr God and thereafter with the world based on the grounds of insanity from by the S.G proved abortive. After some thought on the creature, its powers, the Security Council and the world of science, S.G agreed on convening the council in a week time.

The council in disbelief of Mr God’s person and powers during the meeting decided to put him through a test-bringing in some terminally ill patients to him for healing. He requested he take them with him and bring them back the following day but no one will go with him except the sick, bringing to their knowledge what they-members of the security council were thinking- testing Mr God’s medical expertise and picking up some medical knowledge from him. The following day when Mr God brought back the men, they were not only well and buoyant but looked radiant and rather younger.

The U.N had convened a special session of the world’s scientists, philosophers and theologians for a three-day dialogue with Mr God where all their questions about his personality and creation was answered.

Published copies of the highlight of the ‘Dialogue with God’ which earths wise men could recall from memory-as cameras couldn’t capture his image nor record what he said and on which there was overwhelming corroboration, sold millions of copies within a few weeks.

The second story ‘Song of the Vanquished’ according to the writer was told by Pro Kwaki-a life-long assistant to Professor Ekpo, one of the major characters in the novel. It was recovered high up on the Kilimanjaro peak in 9010 by a team of Nigerian and Kenyan archaeologists.

It provides a detailed report on the dissolution of the species-man caused by nuclear holocaust, another dominant animal, environmental change, biological deterioration and others through Professor Ekpo’s theory ‘Decadence of the Species’- a product of many brilliant scientists from many disciplines and discoveries gotten after several researches done by the U.N.

In the midst of these discoveries, man’s true nature was revealed- the ability to amidst fear of the unknown come up with ways of staying younger, cravings to be loved and the desire to make use of the available time left to her benefit.