Today I am so happy to be hosting the second day of Joy’s 4WillsPublishing blog tour, announcing her latest novel. So, without further ado, let’s get onto the main event!
(No One Knows What Tomorrow Will Bring)
A True-Life Memoir
I was amongst the second group of Nigerian students to find themselves in Rome. The first group was due to a diplomatic agreement between the Nigerian, and the Italian governments. These first group of students were almost given diplomatic immunity.
Although I had a government scholarship, my scholarship was a State scholarship, while these first groups were on the Federal government’s scholarship. Their scholarship was viewed as much higher than mine. Therefore, my presence in Italy was not due to an agreement between our two governments. I was there on my own, and those other Nigerian students snubbed me all my years in Rome. They stayed together, and never mixed with us the outsiders. We Nigerians know how to pull class over one another!
Those of us who went to Italy on our own lived on the fringes of the Italian society. Even with scholarships, as I had, we were not protected, or given immunity, like those others, we grovelled for everything. I used to envy those other students, but I kept far away from them.
That incident between Charles and Justina was an eye opener. It made me see how they viewed those of us outside their circle. We were puns in their hands. They behaved and acted toward us as if they were princes, and we were the commoners. Those who know about serfdom in Nigeria will know what I’m talking about.
There is this thing about the Nigerian mentality. In the past, everyone in Nigeria aspired to be educated because they knew that education is the single element that freed them from poverty, and catapulted them into becoming somebody. And once they became somebody, they looked down on those who are less educated or are still living in poverty.
Today, education still counts, but money speaks even more. Just like, in the past, when people aspired for education, today the rush is for money. People don’t see education anymore as the way of becoming important. Money makes the man, is a common saying in Nigeria! And both men and women do anything they can to become rich. That is the root of corruption in Nigeria.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Joy has written and published extensively on national and international scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers.
Her first short story I Come from Utopia was published in African Voices, Spring/Summer, 2007, pg. 18. Since then, she has published numerous others in RAVE SOUP FOR THE WRITER’S SOUL Anthology, Bks 1-3.
Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women was published in 2011, and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Contest in 2012. She has also two books published in the Italian language.
The Legend of the Walking Dead: Igbo Mythologies, is a journey into the mysteries of life and death of the Igbos of Nigeria was published in 2014
In Pregnant Future, her new Novel, Justina is the story of every young woman who found herself alone in the world to fend for herself. It is the story of the pitfalls that await such a woman. It is the story of survival