Chigozie Anuli Mbadugha is a multitalented young woman with a
natural flair for the arts. She wrote her first unpublished novel at the
age of six and has been writing poems, scripts, short stories, and songs
since then, which were mainly for leisure. One of her poems, The New
Yam Festival, won second prize in a nationwide poetry competition in
1983. She was the recipient of the silver prize at the Kanagawa World
Biennial Children's Art Competition in Japan in 1987. By profession,
Chigozie is an ophthalmic surgeon and an avid researcher. She draws
inspiration from God and from the love of her family. She lives in
Nigeria with her family. This book, Beyond the Trial, is her first
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A Visit to Grandma and Grandpa highlights the Nigerian culture of love and respect for the elderly members of the extended family. It revisits the rich folktales that were used commonly in the past to teach moral principles to children and encourages children to learn and speak our indigenous languages. It includes an activity section with a list of new words and their meanings as used in the text and black and white sketches of the illustrations in the book
that children can colour by themselves.
Beyond the Trial is a collection of three short stories. The first story, Erased Reproach, is the story of young love and ruthless heartbreak. Funke, a teenager at the beginning of the story, gives in to peer pressure and ends up with an unwanted pregnancy which leads her into forced exile from her childhood home.
Erased Reproach is one of the stories in the short story collection Beyond the Trial. It contains a message of hope that no matter how much you have deviated from your track, you can still have a second chance at missed opportunities and excel. As I wrote this book, the characters came alive and I could almost see and hear them. I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed writing it!