CNB News – ‘I could faintly hear all the frantic screams over my head,’ stated Bukky (shortened form for Bukunola), narrating what happened on that fateful day she collapsed in a public gathering in Lagos as a result of an attack of what was later medically diagnosed as aneurysm. What is that exactly? It is the rupture of blood cells in the brain, of all places. There are hardly survivors of this critical ailment, and those that manage to survive may likely become ‘vegetable’ for the rest of their life.
Did Bukky survive? Absolutely! She was back on her feet and to her normal life just a month later, after being flown abroad for the necessary surgery. Bukky did get the best of medical treatment in the UK hospital she had the surgery, but her case was really amazing even to the doctors and medical experts over there because her rate of recovery was something close to a.miracle — or maybe one. And the miracle didn’t start with the timely surgery or her record-time recuperation. It started from the moment of the attack when medical doctors (who were having their own separate meeting at an adjoining hall around the same venue of the event Bukky came for) quickly rushed to the scene and, sensing what her condition might be, made sure Bukky was not allowed to lay on her back as she was being rushed to the hospital. If she had, blood from the rupture could have spilled to sensitive parts of her brain, and she would most likely have run mad. Who stationed doctors so close to offer such valuable guidance and assistance? Somehow, the gracious hands of Providence were there to ensure Bukky’s life or destiny did not end with that attack.
And that has been something consistent in Bukky”s life story, a remarkable testimony-filled journey that is now over half a century. In the first place, Bukky wouldn’t have been born. Her mother ‘mistakenly’ got pregnant with her at the age of 18 and she seriously contemplated abortion. But somehow, she didn’t find the strength to carry out that wish. Maybe, she (the mother) wasn’t ripe to have a child, but the child Bukky was ripe and ready to come into the world as events of her childhood and adult life would unfold.
Bukky came a fighter, a tantrum-throwing child who always wanted to have things her way. Her stubborness and choleric tendencies had however been tempered and refined by the time she became a young adult, to fighting for just causes and seeking vindication for those cheated and oppressed, a development that saw her play a part in some ‘aluta’ demonstrations while on campus. By the time she was getting married to her husband and the love of her life, Bayo Akinmoladun, she had learnt to be a submissive wife and helpmeet. At 22, before she got married, highly focused and driven Bukky (an accountant by profession) had already become a manager at her place of work, but she knew that would not necessarily translate to peace at home. At work she might be a boss,.leading while others follow, At home, as the woman, she has to do more following than leading. Bukky can boast of a blissful marriage of almost three decades now as a result of that attitude adjustment she had to make then.
When Bukky approached me few months before she clocked 50 to help with the writing and editing of her autobiography, we thought of a befitting title that will underscore the real essence of the project. We came up with Golden Pills In A Bowl of Cherries, as unique as that sounds. But why cherries and pills? Bukkky’s first five decades were full of intrigues and adventures, which makes her life story interesting. From her background and her family experiences, to her career journey in Accounting, her marriage and home, her devotion to God, and the near-death sickness experiences she overcame, Bukkky’s story has enough meat to make a good read.
But Bukky would have done a great disservice to her world, particularly the younger generation, if all she did with her autobiography was to relay a chronicle of her years gone by. That would have been a good tale with some twists and suspense, but it may never really hit the reader with all the vital lessons embedded in her life story, so needed by the average person to navigate life adequately in order to actualise dreams and fulfill destiny. To achieve this with Bukky’s story, her autobiography was divided into 21 short stories (each making a chapter) so that a vital lesson can be gotten across to the reader in each chapter. These 21 vital lessons are the golden pills in a bowl of cherries (Bukky’s collection of captivating short stories).
Has Bukunola Akinmoladun made a move to help the younger generation aside authoring Golden Pills in A Bowl of Cherries? Yes, she has! The memorable book-launch day a couple of years ago also doubled as the founding day of her NGO, Zamirah Beulah, a non-profit organisation seeking to rehabilitate prostitutes who are willing to leave their vicious trade, giving them another chance at having a dignified and positively productive life. Bukky is never a prostitute, neither has she mingled with them, but the vision was impressed in her heart after oveecoming her first major health challenge (a heart attack) many years before she had the aneurysm attack. And she promised herself it would become a reality. Well, on the occasion of her 50th birthday, and the launch of her autobiography, her mission to save prostitutes also kicked off.
On that day of joyous celebration, certain portions of her autobiograohy was read as the book captures everything Bukky has achieved, the challenges she has faced and how she is able to overcome them. Golden Pills In A Bowl of Cherries touches on physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing which makes it resound with much significance for every class and demography of people, with an inherent special appeal to the younger generation who still has a whole life ahead of them, or older people up to Bukky’s age who are ready to learn and make necessary adjustment before it is too late, or those looking for a motivational text to further drill some vital lessons into their mates and younger ones. The golden pills may be bitter to take (though they are being taken in a bowl full of cherries which tends to lessen the bitter effect) , but their results will show in leading a better life if taken and absorbed well.
Golden Pills in A Bowl of Cherries is a classic on Living a Life of Purpose, Fulfilment and Contentment. Bukunola Akinmoladun scores a good point with this unique title with bestselling potential. Her experiences so far in life carefully sliced and served as 21 short stories — each with its own golden pill — makes the book a cure and remedy for anyone in need of such in marriage, career, family, finances, relationships, business and education. Through the values of submission, love, faith, vision, prudence, diligence, hope and trust that the book greatly suggests and expresses, its readers have a great chance of imbibing a blend of godly character that will deliver success and exploit.
I recommend Golden Pills In A Bowl of Cherries by Bukunola Akinmoladun for everyone that loves reading short stories and don’t mind imbibing some good lessons as the pages are turned.
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