ISBN 9789956579464
Pages 116
Dimensions 203 x 127 mm
Published 2011
Publisher Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon
Format Paperback

The Power to Succeed

by Elizabeth Ngozi Okpalaenwe

This is the fascinating story of a young girl from a very poor family who raised her head high and raised the dignity of women through her own personal and determined effort. She did not yield to the victimizations of corrupt minds, nor to the temptations of apathy and pessimistic thinking; rather she saw everything optimistically and through many hardships achieved her life's ambitions.

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The Power to Succeed situates properly the importance of good and solid family upbringing of children both in seemingly impossible Christian principles and the folklore and traditions of the land. Such a product, Mercy Mbah, later called Dr. Mercy Adamu, becomes a source of joy and comfort to her family and her village as a whole. Mercy, an admirable solid character, stands as an icon for the young, demonstrating how they too can make it in life, provided they stand resolutely in the face of the myriads of today’s difficulties and challenges, and are determined to achieve nothing short of the best, and strive to imprint their names too on the pages of Christian history. This novel sustains full interest to the very end.”

Rev. Fr. William NEBA, Archbishop’s House Bamenda, Cameroon

“By capturing the mainspring of her heroine’s actions and fully revealing her personality through her thoughts, actions and dialogue, the author demonstrates her capacity for psychological penetration in this inspirational first novel. Sr. Ngozi Okpalaenwe’s heroine will remain one of the most unique, engaging, and astonishing characters in modern African fiction.”

Dr Bate Besong, playwright, poet and senior lecturer, Department of English, University of Buea, Cameroon

About the Author

Elizabeth Ngozi Okpalaenwe

Sister Elizabeth Ngozi Okpalaenwe was born in Aba, Abia State in Nigeria. She joined the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary (MSHR) at Enugu in 1986 and was finally professed in 1997. She graduated from Imo State University 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education, and has taught at Our Lady of Lourdes Secondary School Mankon, Bamenda, since 1999. Sr. Ngozi loves travelling, reading and writing. The Power to Succeed is her first novel.