My Notes / Picks of the Month (October)

My Notes / Picks of the Month (October)

It’s been quite an experience with the events of the past few months – a few ups and a few downs, but that’s life, right? So far, I have tried to stay away from social media as much as possible and have opted for more profound conversations with friends and family, and I have found that to be much more rewarding. Although a lot is happening in the country and indeed the world that gives one concern, I have made attempts to remain optimistic and consistent with my contributions to the public discourse. (You can read the most recent ones here). Despite the gloom and despair, I believe there are brighter days ahead for us all.

Now to the book list. I present to you my picks of the month:

1. ‘Emerging Africa: How the Global Economy’s Last Frontier Can Prosper and Matter’ - Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu

2. ‘A First-rate Madness: Uncovering the Links Between Leadership and Mental Illness’ - Nassir Ghaemi

3. ‘Stars of the New Curfew’ - Ben Okri

Professor Kingsley Moghalu is not a stranger to many people. His views on the economy and politics in Nigeria are known to many who have followed him particularly after his decision to run for the office of President in 2019. He comes with an undeniably sterling wealth of experience, and when he writes on a subject as this, I believe it’s because he is adequately informed to do so know.

The second book got me by the title and cover image. The leaders whose faces appear are personalities that I have admired greatly over the years. I have taken a lesson or two from their lives. Over the last few days, I have indulged myself in a number of speeches delivered by JFK. My personal favourite so far is the ‘Moon Speech’ delivered on September 12, 1962, at Rice University. (You can watch it here)

Ben Okri is one of Nigeria’s most celebrated writers. I got this book sometime last year or so. I honestly can’t figure why it’s taken this long for me to finally read his work but one thing is certain: I’m super excited to be doing so, now. The book is a collection of short stories. I have no doubt that each story gives an unfaltering insight into the brilliance and originality for which he has enjoyed global renown.

It’s my hope that your month is rewarding. I’ll also like to know about the books you plan to read.

All the best…Tschuss!

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