‘AFTER SSCE’ – BOOK REVIEW

THE REVIEW OF THE BOOK TILTED; AFTER SSCE, WRITTEN BY FEMI AJOSE, Today the 4th of June at OOUTH Shagamu, Ogun State.
As Reviewed by Ayotunde Okunowo.

Book Title: AFTER SSCE
Number of Pages: Ninety
Number of Chapters: Five
Foreword: Chief F.O Ogun
Publisher: R&R International, Nigeria

Distinguished Launcher, (A man of erect, martial, majestic, and imposing personage)
Eminent personalities at the High Table,
All Notable Invitees,
Charming Princes & Beautiful Princesses,

1 If you look at me closely today, I have two aids and auxiliaries on me. First is a pencil, because no book is too precise as not to see what to add. And secondly is an eraser, because no book is too perfect that you wouldn’t see what to wipe out. Even the holy bible, which is regarded as the most perfect book, Isaiah 59:19 to be precise, has a work done against friction, when it was translated from the original Hebrew writing to the English translation. This error of punctuation has been a subject of discussion among spiritual entities, theologians, lexicographers and other erudite scholars.
When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the spirit of Lord shall lift up a standard against him
When the enemy shall come in, like a flood the spirit of Lord shall lift up a standard against him
If this then be so, I’m therefore constrained to exercise my sober reflection of judgment without fear or favour.

2 Moreover, it is often believed in the hollow chambers, that no Judge is a good one, if he cannot sentence his bosom friend behind bars. Therefore, I would enforce myself with such professional peculiarity and I shall for the few minutes I would spend here rule autocratically and shall desist in looking at the author’s face.

3 The author is not an unknown person to me. Infact I’d known him for eight years now. First as a senior colleague, secondly as a contemporary writer and lastly as a bosom friend. He’s a gentleman per excellence, highly cerebral, exceedingly generous, very comical, down-to-earth, kind hearted and highly futuristic. I’m therefore very happy with him, as he is today leaving a history for mankind to read. If the speculations of Charles Darwin were true, hundred years from now, only God knows what specie of man would occupy this auditorium, but one thing is certain that the book we are about to launch today, shall forever be readable life immemorial. I congratulate you-Amb Femi Ajose as you today set history for mankind to read.

4 Without being too forward, I know some minds may be presently absorbed in the mediation as to what qualifies this man standing here to be the reviewer for today. But let me with a glance of extraordinary humility say, that as I closed this book at 2am on Thursday morning, I’d finished reading the book, cover to cover, for the fifth time. Not only that, I have also been favoured by fortune, to have read over a thousand book, before my twenty second birthday. I therefore presumably belief, that this, among others, might have indicted the author’s affection into making me the reviewer for today. So please pardon me if I do not meet up to your required standard.

5 Before I begin to analyse all my analytical analysis, symbolize all symbolic symbolisms and criticize all critical criticisms, it is an inferiority of character, if I do not pay proper homage to you- my distinguished listeners. It takes a few to rule the world, and I believe the few constitutes this audience. Please sit majestically as kings and queens, as we together undertake the review.

6 If I should look at the beautiful lady starring at me here, I would give this review a hundred percent. But as lawyers would say; Cuculus Non Facit Monachum, i.e a hood does not make a monk and you cannot judge a book by its cover. I would therefore leave the beautiful lady still starring while I proceed with my humble assignment. But the front cover concept is highly commendable and inviting!

7 While I would not bore you with the author’s acknowledgment, foreword and dedication, I shall by habit, custom, method, and fashion progress to the first chapter of the book. The chapter starts with the caption, How to Prepare for UTME (Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination). In here, the author opens by encouraging his readers, about the many advantages of the UTME, to the former UME. He encourages a UTME student to make use of the total package of the form and not to refer to the brochure, as many of us did, as an old nonsense that must be thrown to the backyard. He exemplifies the benefit of extra mural classes and the benefits of forming a reading group. In his words, he says the most dangerous form of knowledge acquisition is isolation. On why it is good to treat past questions, the author says that he, who closes his sight to the past, cannot and may never see the future. The chapter ends with the author admonishing his readers to make use and maximize the moment they have now.

8 The 2nd chapter opens with the headings; Alternative to UTME. I and the author for instance, found our way into the system of OOU through this route. The author is quick to introduce to his esteemed readers, alternatives like;
Pre-Degree Sciences(PDS)
Interim Jamb Matriculations(IJMB)
Center for Sandwich Programme(CESAP)
Diploma Programmes
The International Examination Bodies like SAT I, SAT II, TOEFL, among others.
Going through the microscopic analysis of these alternatives would amount to revealing too much. The writer, however deals with tits and bits of it with a charismatic blow.

9 The 3rd Chapter, under the caption; Choosing a Career, is a chapter I wished I should have personally read some 13years ago, when I made a decision, with my tender minds to go into the science class. And some people like my humble self, are finding themselves in the environment in which they are not grossly enthusiastic about. The Nigerian entertainment industry for instances, is full of highly skilled professionals, who left the wig, gown and stethoscope, to grab the microphone. The sensational singer; Shasha for instance, is a lawyer, Funke Akindele, popularly called Jennifer is a lawyer, Beautiful Nubia, the Canadian based singer is a veterinary doctor, Lagbaja, the masked musician is a graduate of unrelated discipline, just to mention a few. What qualifies you to be a Pharmacist? What qualifies you to be a lawyer? What qualifies you as an accountant? All the answers to the aforelisted questions are found in the book; AFTER SSCE. This chapter however is one of the most outstanding, elegant, convincing, and irresistible chapters in the book.

10 The 4th chapter; Two Sides of a Coin, though the shortest of all, comes rather as a debate than a literary tone and treatment. The author intelligently juxtaposes between a polytechnic and university education. The writer annotates that what makes a balloon to fly, is more of the content than the colour. What would prosper a man, so wrote Femi Ajose, is not in the school you went through but what schools inside of you. Oxford, Harvard, Covenant or Yale is statutory, you are what matters. The chapter concludes that whether a polytechnic, college of education, technical sciences or a university, what matters most is knowledge and action.

11 The 5th chapter, which is inarguably the longest, brings to the front burner, those things that were never and would never be taught in school. It comes under the description; Becoming A Better You. The advices here are so much, that if I should commit my time to them one after the other, we might not leave till dusk. The author converses about the disadvantages of pre marital sexual acts. He describes it as a road that leads nowhere. He also writes on the benefit of polishing one’s talent and how humility can transport a man from the lowest ebb to the highest echelon. The author draws the benefit of reading good books which he describes as the greatest quality anybody can have in life. He particularly stresses why it is important to dress well. He says that a good dress sense is an addendum and that dressing is the yardstick by which people are easily identified. He advices our future mothers to desist from wearing dresses that reveal twice as much as it should conceal. Talking about vision, the writer ascribes a man without vision to a ship without a compass. On a personal note, the assistance I always render to a man without vision is that I give such a transport fare to the nearest cemetery, for that is where such individual should be.

12 However, as good as the book is, the almighty printer’s error still roars its ugly head. For instance, the word FOREWORD, was written as FORWARD. The author similarly in his introduction committed an error of tautology. The word ……….Fore Stated Above should either be Fore Stated or Stated Above. While all these are inexorable in the literary habitat, I once again congratulate my brother from another mother on this success. You are today living history for mankind to read. I’m proud to be associated with you. People who have money die and they inherit the title; Late but a man who leaves history for his generation though dies, but he continues to live on.

13 So far so good, so good so nice, a book like this is a very timely rescuer for youths, especially in this era of civilization where an average youth does not know more than music, football and sex. It is a good template for anybody envisaging success to build upon. It is very practical, delicious, life saving and endowed with good stories and emphasis. If you do not have a focus, this book would give you one. It is full of dreams and refinements in intense abstractions

14 The book’s production is admirable, the sentences are

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Sierra Leone: Donor pledges pour in after deadly mudslide

Donor pledges are pouring in from countries around the world to aid Sierra Leone after a mudslide devastated the capital, killing no fewer than 400 people and leaving 3,000 homeless.

Dozens of houses were engulfed by mud when a mountainside collapsed in the town of Regent, on the edge of Freetown, on Monday in one of Africa’s deadliest mudslides in decades.

Aid agencies are racing to provide food, shelter and healthcare to the homeless, and prevent outbreaks of dangerous water-borne diseases such as cholera and typhoid.

Countries including Israel and Ivory Coast announced they would send aid from food and medicine to water and blankets, while other nations such as Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria pledged their support but did not say how much they would spend.

Britain pledged 6.5 million dollars, China, one million dollars; Togo, 500,000 dollars; Ireland 470,000 dollars and Switzerland, 415,000 dollars.

Others are EU, 350,000 dollars, ECOWAS, 300,000 dollars, United Arab Emirates, 100,000 dollars and Senegal, 100,000 dollars.

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Tighter security for Magu after gun attack on EFCC

A tighter security ring has been thrown around Ibrahim Magu and key officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after a gun attack on its Abuja office.

Also being protected are the EFCC Acting Chairman’s mother, who lives in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The new security measures were taken after some gunmen yesterday attacked the agency’s office in Abuja.

The annex office is where high-profile suspects are investigated.

The gunmen stormed the facility at about 5a.m. shooting. They were repelled by guards.

They dropped a death threat for a senior investigator, Ishaku Sharu, who heads the Foreign Exchange Malpractices Fraud.

Sharu is saddled with the ongoing probe of several politically exposed persons and retired military chiefs.

The EFCC has reported the attack to the Police. Detectives have been deployed to investigate the incident.

Some forensic and ballistic experts are said to be part of the police probe team.

A statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of the anti-graft commission, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said: “A major security breach was recorded at the headquarters of the EFCC in the early hours of Wednesday, August 16, 2017 as unknown gunmen attacked the office located at Wuse Zone 7, Abuja.

•A van with a bullet hole on its door…yesterday

“The group of heavily armed bandits invaded the office at about 05.00 hours and began shooting into the premises, damaging vehicles parked in the premises in the process. However, the attack was repelled by guards on duty.

“The hoodlums escaped in a getaway vehicle but not without leaving a message; a white envelope dropped by the fleeing attackers was found to contain a death threat addressed to Ishaku Sharu, a senior investigator with the Commission.

“Sharu, who heads the Foreign Exchange Malpractices Fraud Section, is in charge of corruption investigation involving several politically exposed persons and retired military brass hats.

“The attack on the Zone 7 office, which houses the Commission’s AMCON Desk, Procurement Fraud and Foreign Exchange Malpractices Sections, is coming few weeks after another investigator, Austin Okwor, was shot and injured by unknown assailants in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

“The latest incident has already been reported to the police for investigation.”

An EFCC source said most top officers managing high-profile cases had been receiving threat messages in the past few months.

“None of us has been spared, but we did not envisage that the situation will degenerate to violent attacks on our office.

“Security has been beefed up at the affected annex office and other strategic safe houses of EFCC,” the source said.

The EFCC has been operating from makeshift offices and safe houses in Abuja.

Although the Federal Government on November 27, 2010 awarded the contract for the EFCC’s permanent headquarters to Julius Berger Nigeria Plc for N18.86 billion, the project could not be completed within the three-year timeline – no thanks to paucity of funds.

•A car with a bullet hole on its bumper…yesterday

The Federal Executive Council on April 26, approved N5 billion more for the construction of the headquarters.

During a visit to the site,  House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara assured that the EFCC would move to its permanent headquarters this year.

He said:  “Our conviction is that where the EFCC currently operates does not give the good impression to first time visitors in Nigeria or people who come to Nigeria to interface with the agency as it is said that first impression counts a lot. I will be the happiest person to see that the EFCC resumes operation in the new building by December.”

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