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Imagine yourself having one foot planted on one continent while the other foot is on another continent. A huge transformational step, isn’t it? That’s precisely what Inno Onwueme’s early-life story does. One foot is planted firmly in the traditional African village where age-old customs mingle with poverty, disease, ignorance, and deprivation. The other foot pivots tantalizingly in 1960’s California, at the cutting edge of western civilization. Here, searing social and political upheavals of global significance were shaking the very foundations of modern America and the world. Add to the mix, a second dimension where your journey starts with a decade of colonial rule, and extends through the first decade of post-colonial independence, straddling both eras. And did we mention a civil war, and his becoming a refugee? It was a time of great fomentation personally, nationally and globally.
Read this engaging story and enjoy it as a thrilling novel, richly spiced with African proverbs. Then pinch yourself and recall that this is not fiction. It all truly happened. This was a real life being lived in exciting times. Challenge yourself to explore how the changes of the political transition intertwined with Professor Inno’s transformation from an African village boy to a cosmopolitan man in America. Marvel at how the history of an era was acted out in microcosm by this village boy. LIKE A LILY AMONG THORNS takes global and national metamorphosis down to the personal level. It invites you to see history in a new light.
About the Author
Professor Inno Onwueme is a creature of transition in both time and space. He lived through both sides of the time divide between colonial rule and his nation’s independent existence. For him, the national transition ran in parallel with a personal space transition from the African village to America, from the most traditional of African societies to the razzle-dazzle of 1960’s California. An award-winning author, he brings his decades of cosmopolitan academic insights to explore the interplay between global events and his early personal life. He is globally traveled, with a multi-cultural tendency, exemplified by his ability to speak six languages from Africa, Europe and Asia/Pacific. Versed in African proverbs, his intriguing personal story mirrors the metamorphosis that shaped Africa and the world in the mid-20th century. Dr. Inno is active in issues of international sustainable development, and resides near Washington DC, USA.