By Prisca Sam-Duru
The issues of unwanted pregnancy which has seen many countries across the globe, pass laws permitting abortion, have become of great concern in Nigeria as most girls drop out of school and become young mothers.
Other factors such as early widowhood, rape, domestic violence and girl child marriage, which is prevalent in the northern part of the country have also contributed negatively to the development of women. And thus, have become issues of serious concern that require urgent solution.
These issues took the front burner at the public presentation of Beyond The Trial authored by Dr Mrs Chigozie Anuli Mbadugha, an Ophthalmic Surgeon and avid researcher who began writing at age six.
The book event which held at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Yaba, Lagos, brought together, the author’s family, friends, colleagues in the medical profession, literary enthusiasts as well as mentors and mentees.
Before the unveiling of her book, Dr Mbadugha displayed what everyone believed was only a piece of the stuff she is made of as she stormed the stage and rendered a soul lifting song, her own composition with the same title as the book.
The poetic nature of the song gave her composition a lift and to the event, raised the entire ambiance. Well deserved accolades followed that presentation as many who knew her only as an ophthalmologist, appreciated her rare talent as a composer, singer, writer and a poet.
The author who disclosed that she draws inspiration from God and from the love of her family, told her guests that she wrote Beyond The Trial, a collection of three fascinating and mind boggling stories, with young people and mothers in mind.
“I wrote the book with hope that more young girls can talk to their mothers and mothers can learn to listen to their daughters. This is a book of hope and inspiration. As parents, it helps us see the need to go closer to our children and children to go closer to the parents and see them as confidants.
The book sends a message that is provocative and reflective. It addresses some of the mistakes our children make when not given the proper guidance and, issues relating to injustice. Above all, it presents God as the ultimate solution to every problem. People must know that Beyond the trial emerges a new you.” She explained.
Hinting on why she went into writing fiction as a medical practitioner, Mbadugha said “ I chose medicine but writing chose me. My book is a call that every Nigerian man should write a will, no matter how little it is, so as to protect the woman and her children in case of unexpected occurrence.
The whole book has a feminist angle as it is a cry out against domestic violence. Most importantly, it aims to help people who have faced similar challenges as documented in the book, to stand strong and know that they can triumph in the future.”
Former Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Leke Pitan who was Chairman of the occasion, described Dr Mrs Mbadugha as a pride to the medical profession, a multifaceted, multitalented and multidisciplinary woman adding that all this, make her a rare talent in the medical profession.
“We in the medical profession believe that once you are in medicine, just face it. Any other thing is believed to become a distraction. We are mostly scientists to the core. Whenever I remember Chigozie, I remember her as the very hardworking doctor and I’m impressed with what she has done today. I look forward to an album from her soon.” He said.
Dr Pitan who recommended Beyond The Trial to every family as well as those looking forward to raising a family, advised Doctors not to limit themselves to the medical profession but to borrow a leaf from the author and touch more lives globally.
The event featured short video presentations and readings from the book. First, it was Dr Mrs Ogechi Nwokedi who read from page three of the book while Mrs Hope Iloka and Mrs Egodi Adedeji followed suit. Towards the end of the event, the author entertained guests with a duet which she performed with the Golden Voices.