I’ve never really read a book like this. But when Ekene Onu gave me her book – even before it hit the market – I was honored [and giddy!]. After answering the question that the title of the book asks, “Can I Be Real?” I attacked the words, head on. Or eyes on.
A book with 82 pages. It’s not huge. You can read it all in one sitting, but the lessons, if you let them, will last forever. Ekene writes honestly and passionately in a way that makes her vulnerable, so that you can see right through her. She really shows a different side of her – a woman of great faith and wisdom. She plays the role of aunty, big sister, friend, confidant, counselor, teacher, and even mommy. It all depends on what you need her for. I liked her as my sister.
Can I Be Real? written in basic easy-to-understand language, I could hear Ekene’s voice speaking the words to me. I could hear the passion in her voice as she tried to get the words across to me, determined to not let me make another wrong move. That’s how it felt reading Can I Be Real? She talks about biblical stories as if she was there. In the It Is Alright chapter, she talks about Elisha and the woman who gave him a room in her house. According to Ekene, when the woman lost her son, she could have cried, “The arrow they fired has met its target!” Even when she does not mean to, Ekene’s sense of humor cannot help but shine through.
Ekene’s analogies are so colorful. Like the story about Sina (her daughter) wailing because she did not believe Ekene was really taking her to Wal-Mart. We are just like that with God, refusing to simply have faith. Also like the story of Esau trading his birthright to Jacob over a bowl of porridge. And like the girl who wanted a Range Rover and was willing to give sex for it. Sidenote: I am slightly disappointed that no one has ever offered me a Range Rover for sex. Am I not desirable enough? I should at least be given the chance or benefit of saying, “No! I will not have sex for a Range Rover. I am a woman of class and dignity! ………… But if you make it two Range Rovers and a five-bedroom, four baths house in Lekki …” *INSERT SHY IGBO FACE*
Can I Be Real? will encourage you. It will enlighten you. It will entertain you. What else do you want — apart from information about where to buy?
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