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What you should expect from a Novel by a Professor of Biology

It will probably be a “deep deep” revealing read.

Professor Mark Nwagwu, an eminent scholar of Molecular and Cell Biology, had the presentation ceremony for his novel titled ‘I am Kagara’ at the University of Ibadan on the 17th of August, 2017. The event was attended by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, with former Education Minister, Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili, as chairperson of the book presentation.

Extolling the book, Dr Ezekwesili described it as “one Book highly recommended to all those who follow me on here & share my avidity for BOOKS”.



Prior to this literary work, the 80 year-old Professor has earned significant reputation for his literary abilities, particularly for his poetic inclination. After an earthquake ravaged Nepal in April 2015, he mourned the disaster for days as he had spent vacation with his in the small country five years earlier. He penned a poem ‘Cat Man Dew’ which was a description of the beauty of the country via a eulogy of the attributes of his wife, Helen, as reported by the Guardian.

Prof Nwagwu’s latest endeavour, ‘I am Kagara’, per the brief reviews posted by Dr Ezekwesili on twitter, makes “a not so covert statement about the state of affairs in Nigeria” in which Prof Nwagwu “captures the tempo of the times with the delegates of good& evil fighting to topple one another”.

Readers can expect “a political treatise shrouded within the thin veil of a novel” which meshes “tradition and contemporary issues collide here in a manner not seen since Chinua Achebe’s classic Things Fall Apart”.

Prof Nwagwu is one of two octogenarian members of the Nigerian scientific academia who have published non-scientific works within the last four months. Prof Anya O. Anya, also an authority in Biology, presented ‘Times, Thoughts and Ideas’ on his eightieth birthday in April 2017, with former Heads of State Generals Yakubu Gowon and Ibrahim Babaginda in attendance.

‘I am Kagara’ is available on Amazon.

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