New Book Shows Merits of Sheer Determination

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Author Thomas OC Ndubizu recounts real-life odyssey

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A narrative of a life of adventure in terms of circumstances of birth, hazards, triumphs, love saga, passion, and fate that qualifies as an Odyssey

Author Thomas OC Ndubizu writes about his life in his inspiring book “Thomas and Not Jacob” (published by Xlibris). This book shows how he was able to rise from humble beginnings and achieve his goals in life. It also shows how determination and sheer grit can get one through any obstacle.

This is the story of a man’s life from childhood in rural Igbo village in the mid-1930s, during the British colonial rule in Southern Nigeria to the first decade of the new millennium. It mirrors the life of a whole generation in an era of Nigeria’s most radical and dramatic changes and total transformation. It depicts the birth pangs, political upheavals, and competitiveness of an era of struggle for ascendency of religious and cultural values that still continue.

It tells how the author’s passion and ambition to transform his hometown, Urualla, into a “little London” was spurred by the compassionate and humanitarian support of his host families during his student days in the turbulent hippie era of the 1960s in America. “Thomas and Not Jacob” is a narrative of a life of adventure in terms of circumstances of birth, hazards, triumphs, love saga, passion, and fate that qualifies as an Odyssey.

“Thomas and Not Jacob”
By Thomas OC Ndubizu
Hardcover | 6x9 in | 270 pages | ISBN 9781499056860
Softcover | 6x9 in | 270 pages | ISBN 9781499056877
E-Book | 270 pages | ISBN 9781499056884
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Dr. Thomas OC Ndubizu was born in Nigeria where he received his primary and secondary school education under the British and Irish missionaries. Despite his desire and effort to study medicine in Europe, fate drew him to Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., where he studied agriculture and obtained BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees. He taught briefly at SUNY at Binghamton, N.Y., and the University of Ibadan in Ibadan, Nigeria, before going to the University of Nigeria Nsukka in Nigeria where he rose to the rank of professor. He later served as dean of agriculture and deputy vice-chancellor (administration) before taking up appointment as the pioneer vice-chancellor of Imo State University, Owerri. He has since retired.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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