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WHY I WRITE MEMOIRS
Writing my memoirs has proven quite a soul-cleansing experience. Today, I feel completely liberated and free. I have reclaimed myself and own my Soul. I can look the bull in the mouth and still stand my ground. I am me, the person God made me to be! Nothing holds me back, and nothing blocks my way. I have learned the great lessons of life and can only go forward, never backward.
Memoirs, when written without fear, truthfully, and without holding anything back, can offer a cleansing experience. After reading Pregnant Future, my daughter said to me, “Mom, you now look human.”
“Why’s that?” I asked.
“I always saw you as that perfect, never-do-wrong type of person. If I had known all this when I went through my growing up pains, I would have acted differently.”
“You think?” I smiled.
This is because I believe that each person must go through their growing up pains to truly grow up. I didn’t tell her that, but it is the truth. The lessons of telling it all in a memoir show that no matter what one goes through in life, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel.
(No One Knows What Tomorrow Will Bring)
A True-Life Memoir
Justina was a fighter. And, although it seemed the world was against her and her future was destined for failure…she persevered in the face of it all.
The future that was being thrown in her face, was not the one she had dreams of…and if she wanted to get her feet on the right path
She was going to have to show the world her strength. But, does she?
Will she have the will to make it to the end, unscarred?
What would you do if you knew what the future had in store for you?
Would you run towards it with open arms, or would you run away and never look back?
Justina must make a choice … before life chooses for her
Justina is every young woman who found herself alone in the world to fend for herself. It is the story of the pitfalls that await such a woman. It is the story of survival
How the Book Was Born:
This was a very difficult book for me to write. It was supposed to be my first published book, but because of the dread I had about events contained in the book, and the fear of spilling my guts for all to see, I circled away from it and wrote about other things. I wrote about other people’s fears and struggles, about their disappointments and victories, and all the time, I was asking myself, what about the fears and struggles you personally witnessed and endured?
In 1962, I was practically smuggled out of Nigeria, out of the continent of Africa, to a foreign country, a European country where English was not spoken. No one prepared me for the trauma of finding myself where I was the odd person out. The plan was originally for me to go to Dublin, but somehow, the plan was changed, for the better, I was told. Instead of a scholarship by the Holy Rosary Sisters, who trained and nurtured me, the scholarship was upgraded to a government scholarship.
At the time, I was ecstatic about the upgrade. I was even looking expectantly forward to being in Rome. I was still a child in everything, never having been exposed to the outside world. There I was, alone, and lost.
I mentioned being smuggled out. Yes. I was spoken for, and my fiancé was determined to sabotage my leaving the country, in any way he could. So, I had to leave in a hurry without his knowledge. No one will ever know how it feels like to be alone and lost unless one has lived it.
Justina of this story is me, muddling through life, falling and rising. In the end, I can sit, look back and shudder. I am still in awe of what I have become. It is only by the grace of God that I am who I am today.
Pregnant Future Trailer
MIRROR OF OUR LIVES: VOICESOF FOUR IGBO WOMEN
In Mirror of Our Lives, four Nigerian women share the compelling tales of their troubled lives and failed marriages, revealing how each managed not only to survive, but also triumph under difficult and repressive circumstances. Njide, Nneka, Miss Nelly, and Oby relive their stories of passion, deceit, heartache, and strength as they push through life—each on a unique journey to attain happiness, self-respect, and inner peace. But none of the women’s journeys comes without misjudgments and missteps. Njide falls in love at first sight, marries Tunji too quickly, and grows dismayed when Tunji shows his true colors. Nneka once thought that she and Oji made the perfect couple—until Oji traveled to the United States. Miss Nelly, a kind and good-natured woman, allows everyone to take advantage of her—even her husband, whom she married only for his name. But everyone wonders why Oby and Mat even married at all, for their marriage became a battle from the very beginning. The tales in Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women will inspire females around the world never to give up, to discover a sense of worth, and most of all, to learn to love themselves above everyone else.
Voices of Four Igbo Women
You can also view the trailer here: https://youtu.be/UhSyMaUz0Uk
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Joy has written and published extensively on national and international scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers.
Her first short story I Come from Utopia was published in African Voices, Spring/Summer, 2007, pg. 18. Since then, she has published numerous others in RAVE SOUP FOR THE WRITER’S SOUL Anthology, Bks 1-3.
Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women was published in 2011, and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Contest in 2012. She has also two books published in the Italian language.
The Legend of the Walking Dead: Igbo Mythologies, is a journey into the mysteries of life and death of the Igbos of Nigeria was published in 2014
In Pregnant Future, her new Novel, Justina is the story of every young woman who found herself alone in the world to fend for herself. It is the story of the pitfalls that await such a woman. It is the story of survival
Legend of The Walking Dead: Igbo Mythologies
Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women
Great post, Joy! I love tge cover of your new book, & I’m looking forward to reading it. 😀
Hi, Rhani! Great to see you here! And, thank you for your support! 😀