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Adunni Dares to Dream: The Story of Dr. Ethel A. Adeloye Paperback – Large Print, March 21, 2017
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Author: Taiwo I. Ajao
Publisher: A Dr. Ajao Company
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
"Adunni Dares To Dream" by Taiwo I. Ajao
What will happen when 'Adunni Dares To Dream?' Will her dreams come true? "Adunni Dares to Dream" is a beautiful written story of a young girl named Adunni who just wanted to go to school but for her that would be hard because of the money situation. Adunni's mom needed her to help work and to help keeping her little sister. However, things were looking up for Adunni after her mom had finally saved and borrowed enough money to send Adunni to 'Primary' school but how long would she be able to go due to the money situation leaving one to think were the schools just for the rich and lucky children?
This novel is so good especially for the children to see how ones dreams can come true especially if you can 'dare to dream it.' For Adunni will have a hard time but it was quite something as one could see that God was definitely in the plan. It seems like a 'way' would be made for Adunni every time it was needed. Now this was not only a story about Adunni but also for her friend Mike who desired to become a architect. Also did Mike have feelings for his longtime friend? What would Mike's father do to try to help out with this situation? I did like how Mike was brought into the story as being a true friendship of Adunni's that will be their for her all the way from her childhood to adulthood. In the end will Adunni and Mike get together?
After primary school for Adunni in which she finished at the top of her class and was able to continue on for free but when it came time for secondary school what will she do as there was just enough money for the first term?
Well, as the story continues when Adunni was ready for secondary school there seems to always be a way that has been made ...through her principle, family and friends. As one reads through "Adunni Dares to Dream" we read a very touching story for how God was there with Adunni all the way through her life.
Things were not always happy for Adunni because her sister died the last year of her schooling due to lack of money and proper treatment. As the story moves on Adunni takes the exam for college and obtains the number one score in science and then became a 'prize candidate for three community colleges.' Then another dream comes true for Adunni's where her principle personally pays for her interviews and good results comes for her at Christ School for a year.
Mikes connects back up with Adunni and will he still have feelings for Adunni as he sends and receives a letter from Adunni? Mike will even create a beautiful song for Adunni....
"What am I living for if not for you What am I working for if not for you,
Adunni What am I looking for if not for you Yay Yay nobody else, nobody
else but you."
After completing two years of community college and Adunni works as a teacher to pay her loan back to Reverend Sister Una. As Adunni continue on and take her exams for the admission of the University of Ibadan Medical School and guess again what will happen for her? With help of her father and the professor...well ....
"No longer did Adunni dare to dream alone; instead everyone around her began to hope and dream too."
Will Adunni become a 'Lady Doctor' she wanted to be as she knew the goal in her life was to help prevent the senseless death of children, like her own sweet sister?"
Adunni & Mike will continue their long distance relationship and more good things come to Adunni after she 'completes one short semester, she received a full scholarship, plus stipend to complete her medical school program.' I will say from this more good things will come but I will just let you pick up "Adunni Dares to Dream" and see for yourself how well this author brings it all out to the reader.
This was quite a interesting read as we see "Adunni eventually decided she would become a
pediatrician: a doctor for children...'The Lady Doctor.' She would soon be able to take care of newborn babies, help children in emergencies, and guide parents on how to keep their children safe and healthy."
Soon Mike would goes to Adunni's parents and ask for her hand in marriage. However, there was something else that Mike needed to talk to Adunni about. I don't want to give it away but will say again you will have to pick up this good story and read about it for yourself.
In the end I will say this was a wonderfully well written story that anyone.... child or even a adult will enjoy to read.
I loved this quote:
"Although she was a part of a very hardworking family, Adunni just could not have the finer things in life, like school, books and literacy. In her culture, girls were just expected to look pretty, get married and have children, But Adunni Wished for something more for she dared to dream."
I love the ending where the reader will get some beautiful photos that will tell the rest of this beautifully told story along with a glossary with some questions...."Does Adunni give in to her society's expectations? Does she chose the status quo? What are Adunni's dreams and where do her dreams take her and she dreamt on?" All of these questions and so much more will be answered from this novel "Adunni Dares to Dream."
IN THE END....'ADUNNI DARES TO DREAM' .... The Story of Dr. Ethel A. Adeloye... Wow, where Her Dream Took Her! Would I recommend this novel? YES, it was beautiful written true story.
Each morning when Adunni's mother wakes her Adunni expresses her desire for attending school and each time her heartbroken mother explains that they don't have the money and need Adunni's help around the house and in caring for her younger sister. Saddened, but not defeated, Adunni continues to pray that God will allow her dream to come true. Will God answer her prayers?
This is such an amazing and uplifting story. Adunni's unbreakable faith is an inspiration and instills in readers that, no matter what challenges lie ahead, all we need to do is dare to dream and let God do the rest.
Adunni Dares to Dream is well written with short chapters and illustrations which will keep readers engaged. I highly recommend picking up a copy.
Adunni dares to dream is an inspiring true life story of once young girl in the early pre-independence Nigeria who had a vision of becoming a doctor to help alleviate the senseless and preventable deaths of her own siblings and children she has witnessed in her family and city. Despite all the odds against such lofty dream especially high cost of education and not being from a wealthy background, her determination kept driving her towards the goal of achieving her dreams. She succeeded in getting through up to University and became the lady doctor she dreamt.
This book reminds me of many success stories of ordinary individuals achieving great things!! The book is illustrated beautifully as well. I struggled a bit with the local Ondo dialect despite being Yoruba but I just skipped over to the English translations.
I highly recommend this book for all - young and old. If you can dream it, you can achieve it!!
As a lady doctor (Paediatrician) already in the same field, I am further inspired by the story of Adunni to go after all my dreams!! Thank you Tia for sharing such beautiful story with us! I love it!!!