CHOICES AND DESTINY: STORIES THAT TOUCH THE HEART.
The book is a collection of short stories on the dangers of drug abuse. it is made up of true life stories and recommended as 'gift items' for young people especially. More
'Hours after the pupils gathered, they could not enter into their classrooms. It was neither morning assembly nor the annual inter-house sports competition. There was only one agenda for urgent attention. All of them gathered demanding the intervention of the community leaders. A great concern it was for the village leaders. Ken had been posted to his community primary school. A promotion he had expected for long. Even though it was a belated one, he welcomed it, oblivious of any obstacle to becoming the Head master. The young pupils whom he was coming to serve in such esteemed capacity took to the streets in protest. He has not been accused of murder, rape or any heinous crime to deserve such demeaning treatment: A harsh one you will say from the village of his ancestors. To add insult to injury, the aggrieved pupils protesting his transfer and promotion were far younger than his own biological children. Ken saw beyond the smokescreen of disrespect coming from those kids. He felt an enemy; a wicked one must have incited them to tarnish his image.
Ken, a trained teacher was the first son of a farmer of great esteem. His father had several stakes of yam in his barn and wanted a good education for him. When Ken graduated, he got employed immediately. Pupils that he taught saw commitment; teaching skills in him and those noble qualities endeared him to many families. While in school, the place of his first posting, he had shown great diligence in the discharge of his duties. Blessed with a good body with a brown complexion, clothes give him a good fitting. His carriage was princely. Maybe, that could explain why he got more than one life partner that gave him many children.
Ken embodied passion in fellow human development and could not be easily discouraged. In the face of incessant delays in salary payments, Government ban on promotion, Ken continued to teach supplementing his meagre income with farming like many others living in the village. After school or work at farm, he would relax with some bottles of palm-wine served from big containers. This drink he used often to wash down chunks of goat or cow meat delivered in locally made rich pepper soup. That was the habit many had in the place of his birth.
Alcohol ordinarily has a subtle ambition to get her customers deeper and deeper into an inseparable perennial relationship. It finally caught Ken. He began to get more enmeshed in the habit. Palm wine seemed not to intoxicate him to satisfaction again. He began to subscribe to kai-kai- (illicit gin) beer and its brothers. Like the pig that does not require a loud speaker to announce what it has eaten, alcohol began to advertise him. A day could hardly pass without a prepared visit to a joint to feel high. Maybe, he knew he was not helping himself and family. The role of teacher, father and brother began to suffer tremendously. Parenting his many children with a mind always taken captive by alcohol was pretty difficult'- (Excerpt from Choices and Destiny)
The book is a true life story of individuals who went into drugs and the aftermath of their action.
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