Thomas and Not Jacob

A Story of Grit and Good Happenstance

by Thomas OC Ndubizu



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/6/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 270
ISBN : 9781499056877
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 270
ISBN : 9781499056860
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 270
ISBN : 9781499056884

About the Book

This is the story of a man’s life from childhood in rural Igbo village in the mid-1930s, during the British colonial rule in Southern Nigeria to the first decade of the new millennium. It mirrors the life of a whole generation in an era of Nigeria’s most radical and dramatic changes and total transformation. It depicts the birth pangs, political upheavals, and competitiveness of an era of struggle for ascendency of religious and cultural values that still continue. It tells how the author’s passion and ambition to transform his hometown, Urualla, into a “little London” was spurred by the compassionate and humanitarian support of his host families during his student days in the turbulent hippie era of the 1960s in America. This is a narrative of a life of adventure in terms of circumstances of birth, hazards, triumphs, love saga, passion, and fate that qualifies as an Odyssey.

About the Author

Dr. Thomas OC Ndubizu was born in Nigeria where he received his primary and secondary school education under the British and Irish missionaries. Despite his desire and effort to study medicine in Europe, fate drew him to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he studied agriculture and obtained BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees. He taught briefly at SUNY at Binghamton, New York, and the University of Ibadan in Ibadan, Nigeria, before going to the University of Nigeria Nsukka in Nigeria where he rose to the rank of professor. He later served as dean of agriculture and deputy vice-chancellor (administration) before taking up appointment as the pioneer vice-chancellor of Imo State University, Owerri. He has since retired.