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ABOUT THE BOOK
The life changer is a debut novel which changes the narrative life on campus. The book expatiate more on the tenets of hope and redemption in the life of the youth. This is the first publication of the author, Khadija Abubakar Jalli and she tried to talk more on life in institution and that the female voice is making rebound on the parapet of African literary scene. The story focuses on the escapades of Salma and her roommates in the university as they swim in the turbulent and seamy tides of the academia. The author used her book as a voice to the youth and aspirants of different institution on the life on campus. The book is indeed a life changer as it’s a voice to Nigerian youths.
SUMMARY OF CHAPTER ONE
The novel began in the family’s house while the children (Teemah, ,Jamila, Bint)of the family were waiting for their father, they were gisting among themselves. Their mother – Ummi who didn’t want to eavesdrop on her children private discussion had no other choice than to do so as the laughter of her children were so arresting. Her last born, Bint was telling her elder sister her encounter with their meddlesome social studies teacher, Mallam Salihu who was presume to boast of knowing French. Bint said that the teacher asked for the greeting – “good morning” in French which she got and also asked the teacher the meaning of the complement “that’s very good.” To be so sacarstic, she said the teacher and to bring French teacher to help him out. Their mother tried to correct their instinct about the teacher as she herself is also a teacher.
While the discussion was still on, the first and only boy of the house, Omar entered the room showing his mood of happiness as he had been given admission to study law at the Kongo Campus of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. Omar was boastful of his hard work and infact asked his siblings to address him as “my learned brother.” Omar warned that no one should tell their father before he does as he wants his father to upgrade his phone as promised. The mother also said that there will be a grand celebration. The family left the room after their discussion due to the fact that the room was being stuffy as there was no power supply. The family went to the court yard where they continued their discussion, the first born; Omar gave brief explanation of his success. He said that “he passed his SSCE examinations, by no means of small feat.” This he explained as being able to defend his result in which he had seven credit including Mathematics and English, unlike those who did theirs in Miracle Centres where there is high rate of examination malpractice. He also acknowledges his effort of being able to score 230 in his JAMB Examination. Teemah came in with the Zobo drinks as demanded by the family members. Their mother decided to tell her children a story which she titled “the life changer” in respect to Omar’s admission.
SUMMARY OF CHAPTER TWO
Ummi began her life story of admission. She made it clear that she was able to go the school under the “condition of getting married first.” She got married before going to her institution. While narrating, her children were interrupting and she tried to caution them.
Ummi proceeded to telling her children about her experience on the first day in the institution. She narrated the story of the unfortunate Salma who Bad-mouthed the lecturers and comparing the police men to be better than them. She was being interrogated by a man whom she never knew was the registrar at that point. It became a thing of shame when she found out. Ummi also narrated her experience with the Head of Department (HOD) who was Dr. Samuel Johnson by name. She narrated that Mr Samuel Johnson really made her feel uncomfortable as she thought of what Salma said earlier and wonder if it could be true. She tried her best to escape the situation by all cost. She narrated her experience in the institution to her husband after his arrival. However, to a great shock the HOD was a friend of Ummi’s husband who had helped with the admission of Ummi into the university/institution.
SUMMARY OF CHAPTER THREE
Ummi noted that her children have a lot of question to ask and so se relaxed he speech. Omar asked her to narrate the story of “the quiet one” which she had earlier said her husband told her the night of her first day in the institution. She narrated the story of Talle who was categorized as a quiet one not from birth but at the age of twenty when the he lost his father and step mothe5r. talle lost his mother from birth and so he was given the name “Talle.” His father remarried and due to infertility the new wife took Talle as her own son. When Talle was twenty years old he lost his father and stepmother and since then had been quit and so was given the title “the quit one.”
Ummi narrated to her children the shocking incident which surrounded Talle. She said that Talle was suspected of new activity which was not of his before. His customers reported him to Hakimi, the district head that he buys more than he can eat i.e. buying double of what he do buy before. He was called upon but he gave baseless excuses. The matter surrounding his suspected acts began to unfold as a set of police men went to Hakeem’s house to ask for Talle. Zaku, who was caught trying to take ransom for the son of the businessman whom they kidnapped and kept him in Talle’s house. No one expected Talle to be involved in such obnoxious act. Talle who was a driver by occupation and his accomplices were sent to years imprisonment. Ummi ended this aspect of her story and Omar asked why she said it is mostly beneficial to him. She explained that it is beneficial to him since he is moving to the institution. She gave him a piece of advice that he should be careful of whom he trust and the company he keeps in the institution.