BOOK RE­VIEW

THISDAY Style - - LIFESTYLE -

W e usu­ally at­tempt to all the changes re­quired in one quick swoop! This can be quite over­whelm­ing! You get dis­cour­aged and say ha! I am not see­ing any re­sults! It has been said time and again that the way to eat an ele­phant is one bite at a time! So when it comes to this al­ba­tross of Life­style Changes, let’s do it one step at a time! When you con­quer one and have mas­tered it, then choose an­other one, once you mas­ter that, chose yet an­other one ..... And th­ese will be­come your new nor­mal! They all be­come sec­ond na­ture to you and the amaz­ing en­ergy, vi­tal­ity, ra­di­ant skin, pro­duc­tiv­ity, emo­tional sta­bil­ity and bet­ter health you en­joy will spur you on. Just take baby steps! One step at a time and you would find Life­style Changes are achiev­able and can be Long Last­ing. No more yoyo Changes.

Re­mem­ber, Life is all about Choices!!! Which of th­ese Changes will you be­gin with:? 1. Drink Plenty of Wa­ter 2. Eat More Healthily 3. Ex­er­cise Reg­u­larly 4. Re­duce Stress 5. Min­i­mize Tox­ins I wish you Op­ti­mum Health and Well­Be­ing!!!

The Smart Money Woman: An African Girl’s Jour­ney to Fi­nan­cial Free­dom by Arese Ugwu is juicy tale about four girl­friends in La­gos, Nige­ria nav­i­gat­ing in­cred­i­ble money woes and com­ing out vic­to­ri­ous. The book is cen­tered on the story of Zuri, a 28-year-old sin­gle woman, liv­ing the up­per-mid­dle class life as a se­nior man­ager at a top firm. De­spite ap­pear­ances, Zuri finds her­self broke, un­able to make ends meet and in need of a life­style change. With her best friends, Tami (the flighty fash­ion de­signer), Lara (the tough oil and gas ex­ec­u­tive), Adesuwa (the con­ser­va­tive lawyer) and Ladun (the fab­u­lous house­wife), Zuri grows a lit­tle and learns a lot.

Through the in­ter­est­ing sce­nar­ios of her fic­tional char­ac­ters, she of­fers prac­ti­cal, stepby-step ad­vice and so­lu­tions for a num­ber of fi­nan­cial is­sues from in­vest­ment and debt to bud­get­ing and en­trepreneur­ship. In a com­mend­able lit­er­ary ef­fort, Arese man­ages to deal hard truths about money with­out sound­ing chastis­ing or preachy.

Some of the big­gest names across sec­tors from Busi­ness, Fi­nance,

Me- By Konye CheLSea nWaBo­Gor dia and En­ter­tain­ment have re­views the book. Al­haji Aliko Dan­gote, The Dan­gote Group Chair­man and CEO said that The Smart Money Woman is “an en­ter­tain­ing way to learn about money. Ush­er­ing a new nar­ra­tive of Africa, specif­i­cally of the African woman in the 21st cen­tury; her per­spec­tive, her am­bi­tions, her jour­ney, her flaws and all, but wholly hers”. Uche Pe­dro of Bel­laNaija, Betty Ira­bor of Genevieve Mag­a­zine and Tara Fela-Duro­toye of House of Tara all com­mended her abil­ity to tell a great, hi­lar­i­ous story while driv­ing home the strong mes­sage about the changes to be made in the re­la­tion­ship African women have with money. “A jour­ney through per­sonal fi­nance writ­ten from a truly African con­text by a gifted young woman who seeks to re­po­si­tion and re­de­fine the way we think about the sub­ject”, was the re­view given by the Pres­i­dent of the Nige­rian Stock Ex­change, Aig­boje Aig-Imoukhuede.

The Smart Money Woman, which has be­come a move­ment and the new cool is a must have for ev­ery woman and man. The book is cur­rently avail­able in hard­copy na­tion­wide and on­line on Ama­zon and smart­moneyafrica.org.

The book tour, which is Nige­ria’s first by any au­thor kicked off three weeks ago with book sign­ing events across sev­eral states; Oyo, La­gos, Delta and Akwa Ibom. Meet and greets, book read­ings, book sign­ings, ex­clu­sive brunches and din­ners, in­ter­views, and other ex­cit­ing events are are sched­uled be­tween now and De­cem­ber in La­gos, Abuja and Ac­cra.

ari­nola adeniyi

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