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Ugochukwu’s The Fading Generation, a call for good parenting, mentoring

The public presentation of Ike Ugochukwu’s novel, The Fading Generation, at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos, again brought to the fore the need for reorientation of the youths in Nigeria.

 

The Fading Generation is a novel that explores the themes of parenting and mentoring.

The book exposes how parents spend so much on competence but less on courage, stressing that “sending one’s children to the most expensive school is not all there is to life.

 

You have to impact quality and good virtue in the children so that when they grow up they will not depart from it.” The book also shows why it is necessary to inculcate the habit of training our children to say ‘No’.

 

The Fading Generation is the story of a closely-knit family whose peace is fractured by the sudden and unwanted pregnancy of the only daughter, Omololu whose experiences, travails and achievements colour the pages of this interesting novel. Written in clear, lucid prose, the book explores the salient issues of parental guidance and influence, teenage pregnancy, cultural bias, prejudice and the rich diverse cultures on the Nigerian landscape.

 

Speaking during the public presentation of the book, Mr. Lanre Rufai, who was the chairman on the occasion, described the novel as a guide to good parenting. “This book is unique. It mirrors important community issues like prejudice and cultural diversity. The book scrutinised the mindset of the major character Omololu, who is a replica of the modern-day youths.

 

The novel notes that young kids have their differences and they should be treated individually with respect. It is an amazing book,” he said. The book reviewer, Dr. Henry Ogunjewo, commended the author, noting that The Fading Generation “is not just a story but a message that needs to be shared to a lot of people.

 

Some of the basic ideas that are emphasised in the novel are parenting and mentoring. “It shows how parents spend so much on competence but less on courage. It also illustrates why it is necessary to inculcate the habit of training our children to say ‘No’, because that one word stands for courage. It’s a courageous statement that every child needs to have and know.

 

This novel appeals to every audience, religion or tribe. Looking at the characters in the novel we can see how bad association corrupts good manners. I would recommend this book for every family as for every young person out there.” Although he has written many unpublished works, such as essays and short stories on different issues, the love for storytelling influenced the writing of his book.

 

The author Dr. Ugochukwu said “the major incident that inspired the writing of The Fading Generation was something that happened more than 30 years ago, when he was living in the Fadeyi area of Lagos State. The Fading Generation looks at societal issues, the rejections that they face from their parents. Sometimes, you can blame their parents, because these kids might be the hope of their parents. Just like Omololu, the major character of the novel, the father had a lot of hope for her.

 

Unfortunately, she took in and that hope for the man was dashed. Fading Generation talks about hope. Also sending children to highbrow schools is not enough to train a child. You’ve to impact virtue in these children. So that they would not be messed up by peer pressure. Fading Generation is a must-read for every family,” he noted. Ike Ugochukwu has a background in Banking where he worked for several years.

 

He is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and holds a PhD from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri. He was a special adviser to Abia State Governor. He has written many essays, short stories and many unpublished works.

 

Dr. Ugochukwu is a regular speaker in conferences and workshops. He is a follower of the literary works of Morris West. His love for storytelling influenced the writing of The Fading Generation

 

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