20 Jul

  I started reading Suraj Tunji Oyewale’s book ‘The Road to Victoria Island’ yesterday. I promised myself to do a review after completion. 

But by the time I was midway through the book, I had resolved to endorse and recommend it on my blog, Twitter handle, Google+, Facebook and LinkedIn. It would be a service to humanity.

The compendium is too good and too brilliant to be savoured alone. That would be selfish.

I command thousands of followers (mostly students and young graduates) on the social media, and believed my treatise on the book, vis a vis recommendation and outlining Suraj’s brilliant ideas would go a long way in assisting many. 

That was my plan.

Then, after finishing the book today, it dawned on me that these young minds, my envisaged recipients on the social media, may not bother to read my sermon on the book. Reason: we live in a society where reading is fast becoming a taboo. And it they cannot spare five minutes to read my review, what will motivate them to read a book of 222 pages?

I spent around seven hours to read the book. It wasn’t that I had nothing to do, but I was compelled to continue reading because of the fascinating contents. I planned to spend the Eid-Fitr holiday to sleep, junket around a little and watch movies. But ‘The Road to Victoria Island’ gave me what my initial itineraries cannot do.

However, I disagree with the author on one conclusion. 

He subtly hinted that the book is meant for undergraduates and young graduates. This is not so. I’ve been in the labour market for close to ten years and I still find numerous ideas that are quite useful in my present office life in my forward journey to Victoria Island and beyond. 

In essence, it is a book for all aspiring to be something. And for those who are already something but desire to reach the zenith of their success.

Except you’re a Dangote or Zuckerberg, it is a book that you must read. You will be doing yourself a favour. I wish I had come across this earlier. But it is never too late. I gained so much.

The author’s employment of simple, conversational everyday English, humour (and pidgin) makes the reading enjoyable. 

It is irresistible!

Femi Olabisi is on Twitter @Femiolas

1 Comment

Posted by on July 20, 2015 in Opinion



  1. Oluwaseyi

    July 20, 2015 at 2:37 PM

    Really interesting.


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