Six years after service to his fatherland, an award-winning former National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, Charles Umeh, is set to launch a book on eleven African change agents.
Umeh who won a national award at the completion of the compulsory one year service in Delta state had his first published book unveiled on Tuesday, December 29, 2015, a book where he likened the experiences of the eleven young Africans to the breaking of a coconut.
According to him, the stories in the book are non-fictional insights of the people who happen to be majorly Nigerians, baring their mind on how they thrived in Africa.
In his words: “The stories capture leadership values marinated in a simple written style to inspire and urge young people thriving to keep beating on their craft. The stories hope to serve as a heads-up to the next set of African change agents.”
In the inspiring African journey of eleven autobiographies, Umeh added: “The beauty of these stories is their easy-to-read language which is more appealing to the young at heart.
“Breaking the Coconut is the first of its kind: having young people share their ongoing “biographies” on how they helped influence and inspire change in their communities. The idea is to influence and inspire the next game changers to learn from these lessons and act better.”
In one of the reviews already made by a non-governmental organization, Leadership Effectiveness, Accountability and Professionalism (LEAP) Africa, the book which is titled ‘Breaking the Coconut’ and published by Partridge Africa publishing house in South Africa was said to be fit to provide the fuel needed to begin the journey to make an impact and leave an indelible mark in the African society.
Describing it as a timely documentation, Grace Ihejiamaizu, the founder and chief editor of Opportunity Desk, said in her own review: “No one else would do for us what we need to do for ourselves.”
On his part in another review, Solomon Ojeagbase of Complete Sport Nigeria, said that the book gives a detailed account of shared experiences while growing up.
The author of the book further disclosed that although the specific date for the book is not yet fixed, but that the team would be organizing book readings of the book in five African countries and seven states in Nigeria, stressing that he hoped that such avenue would inspire and influence the reading culture across the continent and the nation in particular.