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It is my pleasure today, to welcome fellow author and friend, Joy Lo-Bamijoko to Fiora Books! Joy and I met through Rave Reviews Book Club where member Indie authors are well-supported and member readers are treated to a large variety of great quality reads. I’ll let Joy tell us about this excellent book, MIRROR OF OUR LIVES…

Book Trailer:  https://youtu.be/UhSyMaUz0Uk

It is important to give a brief background information on the history of this book. In my culture, it is a great luxury for a woman to be educated. This situation is still prevalent in certain parts of Nigeria, especially in the North, where the people are Muslims. In the South, women education has made a very deep inroad. It was a battle that the women themselves fought and won. Today, in our Universities, the population of the women is more than those of men. But there was a time, when, even in the South, the choice to educate the kids in a family, fell on the male children. The male child was always chosen over the female child, and the female child was bundled off into an early marriage. Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women, is the story of the victory that education has given to four Igbo women. It is also the story of what education can do for women, especially , women in the Muslim areas of Nigeria where education is still tabu for the women.

Voices of Four Igbo Women

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In Mirror of Our Lives, four Nigerian women share the compelling tales of their troubled lives and failed marriages, revealing how each managed to not only survive, but triumph under difficult and repressive circumstances. Njide, Nneka, Miss Nelly, and Oby relive their stories of passion, deceit, heartache, and strength as they push through life—each on a unique journey to attain happiness, self-respect and inner peace. But none of the women’s journeys is without misjudgments and missteps. Njide falls in love at first sight, marries Tunji too quickly, and is dismayed when Tunji shows his true colors. Nneka once thought that she and Oji were the perfect couple—until Oji traveled to the United States. Miss Nelly is a kind and goodnatured woman who allows everyone to take advantage of her—even her husband, whom she married only for his name. But everyone wonders why Oby and Mat even married at all, for their marriage was a battle from the very beginning. The tales in Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women will inspire women around the world to never give up, to discover a sense of worth, and most of all, to learn to love themselves above everyone else. The book can be found on all online bookstores, or can be purchased directly from me via my email address at: Jinlobify@Yahoo.Com. You can also read the reviews on the book on Amazon .Com and on Barnes & Noble.

Joy’s Bio

Joy Nwosu was born in Enugu, Anambra State of south-eastern Nigeria. Her parents were Charles Belonwu and Deborah Nwosu. She is the fifth in rank of the seven children of her parents. Joy was born into a music family.

Joy, now retired, was a music teacher, trained in Santa Cecilia, Rome, and obtained her Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Michigan, USA.

She has written and published extensively on national and international scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers.

Her short story I Come from Utopia was published in African Voices, Spring/Summer, 2007, pg. 18, and her first English novel; Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women was published in 2011, and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Contest in 2012. She has also two books published in the Italian language.

Joy is a trained musician, and taught music for 35 years.  She writes, performs, and records folk songs.

Her new book: The Legend of the Walking Dead: Igbo Mythologies, which has just been released, is a journey into the mysteries of life and death of the Igbos of Nigeria.  She loves reading romances and mystery stories.


Websites:        http://sbpra.com/joylobamijoko/ Mirror of Our Lives …..

                        http://sbprabooks.com/JoyNwosuLoBamijoko/ Legend of the Walking…

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Link to my Blog:         jinlobify.Com           

Facebook Link:  https://www.facebook.com/joy.lobamijoko

Twitter Handle:          @Jinlobify


This tour sponsored by 4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com.



About John Fioravanti

Author, John Fioravanti writes non-fiction as well as fiction in the sci-fi genre. He's a retired secondary school educator and a lifelong learner. He considers himself a work in progress and welcomes the opinions and insights that others may have about his work. He prizes dialogue about meaningful topics, so please leave your thoughts!


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    Elizabeth Love

    April 17, 2015 at 3:32pm

    Very inspirational. Women everywhere struggle against certain odds, but certainly more in some countries.
    I also come with a musical background. I once planned on becoming a music teacher, but I married one instead.
    I hope that your tour is successful!

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    Beem Weeks

    April 15, 2015 at 9:47am

    Great support you’re providing, John. Thanks for hosting this talented author.

    Best wishes to you on your blog tour, Joy.

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    john howell

    April 12, 2015 at 8:48pm

    Joy, looks like a fantastic book. Good luck on the tour. Thanks John for hosting eh.

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    Joy Lo-Bamijoko

    April 12, 2015 at 10:22am

    Thank you very much John for hosting me today. I will also like to thank all our great #RRBC authors who are visiting and commenting, but there’s no way to do it individually. Let me do all at once here. Thanks to all of you for your support. I am proud to be one of you. 🙂

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      John Fioravanti

      April 12, 2015 at 10:56am

      Pardon the pun, Joy, but it is a great joy to have you on Fiora Books today! My wife, Anne, just told me to order the paperback version for her! I guess I’ve been told!! LOL Have a super tour!

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    Jennifer Hinsman

    April 12, 2015 at 9:01am

    Joy- I was just telling a friend how grateful I am for all of my blessings, one of which is being an American. Your post is very inspirational and a true testament to the strength of women. Good luck with your tour!

    Thanks for hosting John!

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    Michelle Abbott

    April 12, 2015 at 8:04am

    What a fabulous post, Joy! I’ve added your book to my long TBR. Enjoy your tour.

    John, thank you for hosting today.

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    Liz Gavin

    April 12, 2015 at 7:45am

    Thanks for hosting Joy today, John!

    Joy, what a great kick-off! I’m looking forward to your blog tour and a chance to payback your ever awesome support. You NEVER miss a blog tour! THANK YOU, my dear friend! 😀

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    Harmony Kent

    April 12, 2015 at 6:15am

    I’m with Rhani: this is an amazing post! And this sounds like a story that needs to be told. This is another one for my long TBR list! Very best of luck on your tour, Joy 🙂

    John, thanks for hosting Joy today! It’s always a pleasure to drop by your blog 🙂

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    Rhani D'Chae

    April 12, 2015 at 3:12am

    Wow, Joy, what an amazing post!vok, now I have to put this book on my TBR list.

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