Random Reflections: The Man’s Odyssey

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Book Title: Random Reflections (Vol. I)

Author: Ikechukwu Nwanze

Chapters: 31

Pages: 376

Publisher: Heros & Legends Ltd

Reviewer:Boye Salau

For lovers of Family Love FM 97.7, Random Reflections is a familiar name. Since 2008 when the name evolved as one of the programmes on the 97.7 FM Radio Station, first under the name Lifestyle, before it wore the present garb, Random Reflections has been a delightful package that attracts a large repertoire of audience.

It is, perhaps, because of the programme’s general acceptability and the useful lessons it serves the audience that propelled the presenter, Ikechukwu Nwanze to go an extra mile to commit his programme, Random Reflections to a book form, with a view to reaching beyond the reach of 97.7 FM Station.

The book which is the product of the author’s experience as a radio presenter dwells on variety of issues that revolve around family life, ethical standards and socical responsibilities, moral and cultural values, among others.

The volume one of the book which has 31 chapters and 376 pages gives historical odyssey of mankind; how mankind elevates himself above the animal world, the significance of knowledge and wisdom to mankind, the importance of love and friendship, the pros and cons of war and xenophobia, among other sundry issues of human interest.

Random Reflections, in a nutshell, captures some of the happenings and reflections of life, and touches on a wider genre of issues that serve as useful lessons to mankind.

One of the lessons to draw from Nwanze’s book is that it is what the parents project for their children that sometimes comes into fulfilment in the future. The story of George W. Bush (Snr.) the author tells to illustrate and drive home this lesson can be compared with that of the Nigerian President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.

Just as President Jonathan fulfilled the projections made for him by his parents and grandmother who christened him Goodluck, Ebele and Azikiwe, all in the hope of ensuring he became a great figure like Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, so did George W. Bush (Snr.) project the future of his children and groomed them successfully to that future.

When George W. Bush (Snr.) was US Ambassador to China in the 1980s, he was asked to comment on the leading dynasty in the United States of America. Even though it was an indisputable fact that the John Kennedy family was the most legendary dynasty in the USA at that time, George Bush (Snr.) went on to say: “You want to see a dynasty in USA? Wait till my children grow up”.

That remarks and optimistic projection turned out to be prophetic today. Besides George W. Bush (Snr.) himself becoming the US President, his first two sons, George W. Bush Jnr. and Jeb became legendary figures in America. While George W. Bush (Jnr.) was elected the governor of Texas for eight years and later the US President for over seven years, Jeb was elected the governor of Florida. And others are still tracing that step.

Meanwhile, unlike some books which have a target audience, Nwanze’s Random Reflections appeals to the generality of mankind. And unlike many others with a central theme but which ended up to be a facade or an escapist fantasy, Random Reflections is based on the reality of life and it addresses many and different vital subjects of common interest from which mankind, irrespective of age, gender, religion, status etc can draw lessons. This is obvious from the choice of the book’s title: Random Reflections.

Although, Nwanze may not have been that popular in the literary world, he succeeds in giving a good account of himself as a narrator and a broadcaster for about a decade. His training as a lawyer and his chosen career as a radio and television programme presenter may be said to have  accounted for his long use of sentences, commentaries and therefore the large size of his books.

The narration, although, appears too long, and contains some unnecessary commentaries, it is overtly an authentic reflection of human life, and not a fiction.

More importantly, Nwanze’s research efforts, historical analyses and the use of simple words and expressions, supported by fascinating quotes of great writers and authors provide a succour to readers who are impatient with, or who easily get bored with long commentaries.

The book is, therefore, a timeless piece every man and woman, regardless of age, sex, religion, background and social status will find interesting to shape his or her life and reasoning.

 

Boye Salau