‘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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7 Tips to Tap Into the Book Writer Inside You

Have you given up on writing your book? Don’t give up! Others have taken their dream off the shelf this year. You can too! First, let’s get rid of the top two book writer blocks. You don’t like to write that much and think you have to hire a ghostwriter. You hate research and think you have to do tons of research. The good news is you don’t have to hire a ghostwriter or do tons of research.

Your readers just want solutions to their questions and challenges. If you have the answers, you can be on your way to writing an easy to read, well organized, compelling book. Don’t hold back any longer; tap into your natural book writer. Your audience will love reading your book full of solutions to their challenges.

Here are some tips to help you tap into the natural book writer inside you:

1. List top questions and topics of your audience.

For instance, if you want to write a book to help those in your work field, what questions do you hear the most in your daily work? What concerns and topics always come up in your area of expertise? In a book about dieting versus life style eating changes, my dietician friend asked questions like: where are you now in dieting? Why do you go from diet to diet with little success? What are your weight goals? Her topics included 7 solutions through life style eating changes and exercise.

2. Write the number one challenge your book will solve.

Successful book writers focus on one topic per book. Each chapter of information must support this number one challenge. Again, my dietician friend’s audience number one challenge was how to lose weight naturally through lifestyle change eating and exercise without pills, surgeries, etc. All of her chapters are solutions supporting that one goal.

3. Develop a working title.

Speak to your audience in this title. In a few words let them know how your book will help them. “Lose Weight Naturally in 7 Easy Steps” could have been a working title for my dietician friend. Even if this working title is not quite the one you end up with. It will serve to help keep you inspired and your writing focused. Focused writing becomes a compelling book. If your writing becomes scattered and unfocused your reader’s attention may scatter as well. If you lose their attention, they may never finish your book.

4. Group your top questions and topics into categories.

Your categories are actually your chapters. Give each category/chapter a working title. When you start writing the solutions to each chapter, you don’t have to start with chapter one. Start with whatever topic you feel passion bubbling at the moment. Better yet, start with the easiest to build momentum. Load benefits into your chapter titles.

5. Write your chapter introduction.

The introduction should include a hook and a short statement about why your audience will read the chapter (thesis statement). The hook need only be 1-2 sentences like a powerful quote or 2-3 questions that lead the reader into the content. Though short, your thesis statement should include benefits. Remember keep answering the question for your reader, “What’s in it for me?”

6. Assign one question per chapter.

Focus on one question or challenge in each chapter. After asking the question, write the solution with your tips, how-tos, inspiration and stories. This will become the bulk of your chapter. Don’t forget to use engagement and interest tools like headings, sub-headings, list, pull quotes, side-bars, worksheets to keep your reader engaged and reading. A straight page of text may put your reader to sleep. When they wake up they may never pick your book up again.

7. Write your chapter ending.

Your non-fiction chapters should always have a summary. Give each chapter an ending of about the same length. After the ending, you can include action steps or thought prompters followed by a 1-2 sentence enticer statement leading your reader to the next chapter. Make it your mission to get your reader to want to keep reading to the next chapter. Include a couple benefits that they can look forward to in the next chapter.

If you don’t use the above principles, you may be this time next year still wondering if you can make your book dream a reality. My vote says you can do it. You know the problems your audience face; now write the solution. Your audience will reward you by buying your easy to read, compelling book and telling all their friends about it. Go ahead tap into the book writer inside you and make your dream a reality.

Earma Brown, 13 year author and business owner helps small business owners and writers who want to write their best book now!
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Everyone’s Told You to Study Napoleon Hill -Yet How Can You Use His Book to *Think* and *Grow* Rich?

If you’re an entrepreneur or in business yourself, or you’re among the highest ranks in the corporate world, no doubt you’ve had the message drilled in your head: “If you want to be successful, you’ve got to read ‘Think and Grow Rich.'”

And it’s true – I know almost all the top guys online and many of the best marketers in the world. I’m not aware of any of them who have read it fewer than a half dozen times. In fact they’ll tell you the more they read it, the more successful they became.

That’s my experience, too, especially once I read it from the standpoint of helping others master Napoleon Hill’s classic book from 1937 (I only use the Original Version, because it was changed many times over the years, even long after he died in 1970.)

The thing about “Think and Grow Rich”, as great as it is and as much as it can transform your life… the promise of the title has not been fulfilled for most people who’ve read the book.

In fact statistics I’ve seen say “Think and Grow Rich” has sold either 50,000,000 or 60,000,000 copies, depending on what your source is. Yet the book is widely credited with creating 1,000,000 millionaires.

Why not 50,000,000 or 60,000,000 millionaires? Why have fewer than 2% of the people who bought “Think and Grow Rich” been able to *Think* and *Grow* Rich?

The simple answer goes back to the fact that the most successful business people read it repeatedly and read it often.

For example, especially when they’re just starting to become successful, they keep it near them and read it at any breaks in the day – while they’re on-hold, waiting in an airport for their flight to leave, on the subway to and from work. They also listen to the audios of the Original 1937 Version while they’re driving.

Because it’s that constant reinforcement, over several weeks and months, that transforms how they *Think*, which then does result in them becoming *Rich*.

And, again, how rich they become is proportional to how often they study the book’s teachings and allow it to change how they think.

We know it takes most people three weeks to a month to make something a habit, and how we think is just a habit, too, the result of how we’ve become used to thinking. This is really “The Secret” to taking the wisdom in Napoleon Hill’s book and allowing it to deliver on its promise of making us rich.

Let’s look at it this way – most people have been trained to think of themselves as being the victim of circumstance and not having much power over their fate.

They’ve also been trained to lose interest in something and quickly move onto the next thing, so they don’t spend much time with anything and really benefit from any of it.

“Think and Grow Rich” isn’t meant to entertain you, although it will if you just read it casually. It’s meant to transform how you think, and it will if you use it the way Napoleon Hill intended.

Think about it. Your habits of thought, how you think, developed over a period of probably decades, and they determine all aspects of your life from how wealthy you are to how happy, how confident and how fulfilled you feel.

If you don’t have everything you want, right now, then how you think isn’t entirely supporting you.

Because as you know if you’ve studied “Think and Grow Rich” at least a half dozen times as the most successful people you respect, your life now is the exact result of your previous thinking.

You’ve heard the old cliche – and they become cliches because they’re true – “change your mind, change your life”. That’s the essence of how you will Think and Grow Rich.

The point of studying “Think and Grow Rich” six or more times is that continual exposure to this empowering wisdom will over time change your habits of thinking, replacing the old habits that no longer support who you are today. Instead, they build in you the habits of *knowing* and keeping in mind you have the power to create anything you want, and you have in the training the exact way of making it yours.

Once you’ve reached the “Thought Tipping Point” where the ongoing infusion of the Think and Grow Rich Philosophy has replaced your old habits of thought, then very quickly your life becomes better in all areas, and you start living the promise of the title.

That’s when you’ll *Think* and *Grow* Rich!

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