Yes, another online book tour is coming to LolaOpatayo.com on the 25th of October 2016. It’s Chigozie Anuli Mbadugha’s collection of short stories- Beyond the Trial which tells the stories of three women who choose to see life beyond their trials and dare to reach for it.
The first story, ‘Erased Reproach’, is the story of young love and ruthless heartbreak. Funke, a teenager at the beginning of the story, gives in to peer pressure and ends up with an unwanted pregnancy which leads her into forced exile from her childhood home. In ‘Rude Awakening’, Nkechi’s eutopic world is brought to a rude halt when her husband of eleven years dies suddenly in a car accident. She must face a chequered future alone with three sons. A family’s past is haunting its members in ‘Shadows from the Past’ and it is Ada’s responsibility, to lead her entire family out of darkness and into the light. A long-postponed visit home opens a can of worms about the past and provides the opportunity to deal with it and put it well behind them all.
Chigozie Anuli Mbadugha wrote her first unpublished novel at the age of six and has been writing poems, scripts, short stories, and songs since then, mainly for leisure. One of her poems, “The New Yam Festival,” won second prize in a nationwide poetry competition in 1983. She was the recipient of the silver prize at the Kanagawa World Biennial Children’s art competition in Japan in 1987. She was educated at two Federal Government Colleges (Enugu and Ijanikin, Lagos) and at the University of Benin Medical School. She holds a Masters degree with distinction from University College London.
Her debut publication Beyond the Trial is an inspirational collection of short stories published in 2015. It was nominated for the 2015 Dan Poynter Global EBook Award. In 2015, Beyond the Trial was featured in the London Book Fair, Book Expo America, Beijing Book Fair, Frankfurt Book Fair and the Guadalajara Book Fair. It was also featured in the 2016 Nigeria International Book fair in Lagos.
Chigozie Anuli Mbadugha is constantly trying to maintain a balance between medical practice, family commitments and her passion for writing. She is grateful for the inspiration and support she gets from her husband, family and friends. She is undecided which gives her more pleasure – writing songs or words.
Praise for Beyond The Trial
“Beyond the Trial is truly an inspirational masterpiece. So enriching that anyone experiencing any, if not all the situations painted herein, already has weapons – strength of character, resilience and determination, to turn his or her ugly stories into testimonies.” –Prisca Sam-Duru, Vanguard News Read more here
“Beyond the Trial is an interesting book that educates on virtue, strength, patience, forgiveness, determination and culture. I couldn’t put it down till I finished it.”
Femi Gabriel, Channels TV.
“Beyond the Trial establishes a strong connection with her readers in various ways: every reader will find a connection with the stories because of past or present experiences. From our struggles for identity to the kind of friends, family, upbringing, society, parenting, culture, and personal idiosyncrasies we have, Beyond the Trial has a glimpse of all.”- Ogochukwu Okonne, Vog & Wod Bookshop, Lagos Nigeria.
Want to Get Your Own Copy of the Book?
Beyond the Trial can be purchased from:
TerraKulture, Laterna Ventures, Patabah bookstore, Bible Wonderland, UNILAG bookshop, Vog & Wod Bookstore, The Hub Media Store, De Prince Supermarket, CLAM Bookshop, and leading bookstores nationwide.
- TerraKulture is located at 1376 Tiamiyu Savage Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
- Laterna Ventures is located at 12B/13 Oko Awo Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
- Patabah bookstore is located at Shop B18, Adeniran Ogunsanya Mall, Surulere.
- Bible Wonderland: Ojuelegba, Agege, Ipaja, Ketu branches
- UNILAG bookshop: University of Lagos Akoka
- Vog & Wod Book and Stationery Store is located at 25 Osolo Way, Ajao Estate Lagos
- The Hub Media Store is located at The Palms Shopping Mall, Lekki. (1st Floor)
- De prince Supermarket: No.7/9 Akerele street, Gbagada, Lagos
- CLAM Bookshop: Clam close, Omole, Ikeja