Friday, July 10, 2009

Author Guest Post - Tomi Akinyanmi

Readers, please join me welcoming  
Tomi Akinyanmi, author of A Worthy Legacy 
 who will be guest blogging here today!

Growing up, there have indeed been times when like all father-daughter relationships, my relationship with my father had been strained. There have been times when we disagreed and times when we barely spoke to each other. Yet just days after his sudden death in an accident in May of 2001 I sat to read words from the condolence register.

Family and friends have poured out their hearts in praise of this man who I only knew as dad , from their words, I got to see him through their eyes and realized what a wonderful father I had been lucky to have. Raising my head briefly, I caught a glimpse of his picture and that instant, it dawned on me just how much I would miss him that was when I began to cry. It was the first time I would cry since the news of his death up until then I walked around in a daze as it all seemed unreal but once I started to cry I couldn’t stop, I ran and locked myself up in my room until the tears stopped coming.

Dad had died without a chance to say good bye, hence for me there was no sense of closure. However since dad was a man of words, I knew he would have wanted to have one last say before he took his final breath. With this thought in mind, the writer in me sought closure by writing his last words for him in “A Worthy Legacy”.

An intensely personal story with a powerful universal resonance, “A Worthy Legacy” chronicles the story of a granddaughter who journeys to the Nigerian village of her childhood to join the rest of her family by her grandfather deathbed. As the family say their goodbyes, the old man begins to share the secrets of his long life and happiness. Grandpa holds forth on subjects from character to perseverance, while facing death with dignity and with the fulfillment of having lived a life that he did not regret.

It had been dad’s desire to die an old man surrounded by his loved ones and that is where I found the building blocks for the story of “A Worthy Legacy”. The writing of the story itself found basis from what I learnt from this wonderful man as I grew into adulthood.

Although dad did not die old and gray, he indeed has left his footprints on the sands of time with lessons from his life a Legacy not just to me and my siblings but also to readers who come to discover the secrets to achieving their dreams, happiness and love in “A Worthy Legacy”.

Thank you for that entertaining post, dear Author! Readers, your thoughts / comments are most welcome.

For more information, please visit www.aworthylegacy.com or check out the author's personal website, http://tomilade.com. Also, check out the book trailer on Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQOWRcQvvnU

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