By Abdulrasheed Akere
Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto (UDUS) year three student, Onyilo Micah Ngbede from the faculty of social science, political science department, has published a book during the strike embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Recall, ASUU embarked on an industrial action on February 14 and suspended it on the 14th of October, 2022, the book, titled ‘LIFE AFTER CAMPUS’ was published on October 2.
Onyilo Micah Ngbede is a student writer, he hails from Apa local government area, Benue state of Nigeria. Alutawriter is his pen name and LIFE AFTER CAMPUS is his first published book.
The Book — LIFE AFTER CAMPUS
According to the author, “LIFE AFTER CAMPUS is specifically written for all students in institutions of higher learning (tertiary institutions) to be aware of what life in the wider world is all about.”
“Writing comes via the instrumentality of inspiration. The initiative behind the book’s title came as an inspiration while I was meditating. At first, it dropped as an article topic. But on second thought, I decided to make it a book title and it came out beyond my expectations,” Micah explained.
He also told that “The motive of this project is to enlighten students and the public on what life after school is all about, not what they think it is. The book is solely for the purpose of finding solutions to the challenges of after-campus life. When they know what life after school is all about, then they will know how best to prepare for it.”
“I started writing the book’s manuscript on the 1st of June, 2022. My dad singlehandedly sponsored the publication of the book which contains 121 pages. I got the International Standard Book of Number (ISBN) of the book from my publisher — National Library in Abuja,” he added.
When Micah was asked about the purchasing rate, he replied that, “I have been receiving order from people. However, the buying rate is poor. Out of 50 copies that was printed, I have sold just 5 copies. I want the masses to be aware of the book and buy it, also I will appreciate any financial help to produce more copies of the book.”
“I am highly motivated to write more books. As a matter of fact, this is just the starting point. The encouragement and support from people is enough motivation to write more books. This is because I have many messages to deliver to my generation and generations yet unborn, and one of the effective ways to do that is through book writing,”
Procedures To Purchase The book
Micah said that the book can be found in Abuja and Sokoto. “I can do waybill for interested buyers in other states of the country. It is also available in softcopy at the rate of one thousand and five hundred naira (#1,500). The hard copy cost two thousand naira (#2,000). Buyers can place orders through the writer’s E-mail address — email@example.com.
“I am working on putting the book on selar and Okadabooks. My intention is to also sell the book in bulks to any interested person in other institutions across the nation to sell as a retailer,” he said.
Fellow Students Comments
Isiaq Ibrahim, a sophomore in Primary Education said he was surprised about the publication of the book. “It surprised me that a student published a book despite being on strike. To me, during the ASUU strike, most students lost interest in studying and chased money. The student has done a very great work that deserves applause,” he stated.
“The writer should not give it up, keep pushing the pen and always believe the pen will push you to a successful destination,” Ibrahim advised.
Another danfodite, Mustopha Abdulafeez Shehu, a linguistics 300-level student urged every undergraduate to purchase and read the book to have a clue on life after campus. “To have a marvellous life after campus, one needs to be serious with learning and exhibit acceptable character while on campus,” he added.
SU CTC Chairman Reacts
Shamsudeen Umar, a 400-level student of law, who is the UDUS chairman of the Students’ Union Care Taker Committee (SU CTC) said the ASUU strike was boring because everyone was off campus, it was an experience and it’s related to the title of the book — LIFE AFTER CAMPUS.
“The union will support the author because it is part of our mandate to encourage and support students in journals. He should reach out to me when on campus,” the chairman promised.
ABOUT THE REPORTER: Abdulrasheed Akere is a sophomore student of Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto (UDUS). He can be reached via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.