I want them to discover that the stranger, perhaps of a different skin-color, and a different background, from you, has more in common with you than you ever dreamed.
Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) November 01, 2012
In her memoir “Up-Country Girl: A Personal Journey and Truthful Portrayal of African Culture” (published by AuthorHouse), author Phebean Ajibọla Ogundipẹ shares her life story as an African from humble beginnings who became an accomplished educator.
In this memoir, Ogundipẹ shares her personal story, recounting the details of her life from her beginnings in a rural farming community in Africa, to her education and emergence as an enlightened citizen and world traveler. Ogundipẹ offers readers a glimpse into African culture as well as her personal views on a number of social issues, including polygamy, corruption, sex education and more.
An excerpt from “Up-Country Girl”:
“One way in which Dr. Whittaker enriched our lives, and particularly mine, was by introducing us to pen friends. Perhaps she had learnt how to find them from her earlier job as an Inspector of Schools. I was offered five pen friends through her. One was a Spanish boy, with the name Jose Maria Cabello. Apart from my astonishment that a male person should have the female name Maria in his name, not much happened with this friendship; I soon lost touch with Jose Maria.”
Ogundipẹ hopes her book introduces some readers to African culture, but she also hopes the book helps readers see the connections between people. “I want readers to take away knowledge of the universality of mankind,” she says. “I want them to discover that the stranger, perhaps of a different skin-color, and a different background, from you, has more in common with you than you ever dreamed.”
About the Author
Phebean Ajibọla Ogundipẹ was born in Nigeria. She earned her master’s degree at St. Andrews University, Scotland, and earned her post-graduate certificate in education at the Institute of Education, London. She worked as an educationist in government service – first as a teacher, then as an administrator in educational broadcasting, as principal of institutions, as National Secretary for UNESCO, and Deputy Chief Federal Adviser on Education. Ogundipe retired as Acting Director in the Ministry. She lives in Charlotte, N.C.
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