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Reviews for Tunde

Tunde: a man of lost ambition inspirational book by Yahaya Baruwa

“An inspired sequel to Struggles of a Dreamer. Yahaya takes the reader on a thought-provoking journey spanning the depths of poverty to the attainment of success and recognition. A real page turner that will not disappoint.” 

-Frances Coulter, small-business owner and lover of life, Toronto, Canada


“It teaches one to never lose sight of their dreams, goals, and love. I was so moved by Tunde’s journey that I could not stop reading. I recommend that you have a tissue and time because the book will bring up raw emotions and you will just lose track of time.”

-Kristal Coulter, Waterloo, Ontario


“I really like the fact that the book demonstrates the persistence and determination Tunde had to achieve his dream to better the life of his wife and son regardless of the trials and tribulations.”

-Nicollette Coombs, childcare professional


“I read this book and had to stop and self-reflect. It urged me to ask many questions, one of them being ‘am I purpose-driven or doing just for the sake of doing?’ This story helped me to recognize that fear does not have to be your opponent and obstacles are not blockades. Instead, the only thing getting in the way of success is self.”

-Pasty Cisco, registered nurse, Toronto, Ontario


“This is a captivating read. Like any great book, one can effortlessly put oneself in the scene. More importantly, Tunde’s experience transcends the narrative; it is a reality that many share and that can be a source of solace for many.”

-Gire Jonathan, university student


“How far does one have to go to achieve his or her dream? Yahaya, as a prolific artist, answered this vividly. I feel my story is interlocked with Tunde’s because, at some point, we all start off as dreamers.”

-Femi Doyle-Marshall, founder of New Persona Health and Fitness www.newpersona.info


“Throughout life, nothing remains constant, whether positive or negative. The story of Tunde teaches that the person who displays perseverance, creativity, tenacity, and a positive attitude will ultimately find their way to another sunny day. A must for any dreamer!”

-Carol Rodriguez, CPM and peak-performance strategist


“Tunde is worthy of his journey. An evolution of the immigrant migrating to a brave new world. Though the story of millions, it is also the story of one, told a thousand different times. This story will move one toward a greater understanding that with compassion and patience comes resolve.”

-Anna Donato


“The Struggles of a Dreamer series resonates with my life completely. I too was forced to choose between my dream and tradition; I chose the former and never looked back. I highly recommend these books to young aspiring individuals looking to blaze their own paths.”

-Habib Olawale, operations manager, AllCargos Tent & Event Rentals www.allcargos.com


Tunde is a story that captures the veracity in this mosaic of life experiences in which many around the world can see parts of their life-puzzle’s reflection. Yahaya depicts the moments as we all imagine them in a style of writing that is accessible to a broad readership. Tunde’s story is a great read about the realities of a life. Enjoy!”

-Dr. Isaac Akrong, consultant in African culture and faculty member, York University www.afridance.com


“This book spoke to me on a personal level and allowed me to tap into my inner champion. Yahaya understands the struggles of trying to chase after your dreams, but also gives you something to aspire to and hope for a better and brighter future.”

-Steve Tonde, fitness athlete, Toronto, Ontario


“This young writer’s gift of storytelling is evident in his second book. Yahaya has artfully woven many success principles and life lessons into his story of Tunde. A delightful read and an inspirational young writer!”

-Farzana Amin, Ontario, Canada


“Each page draws you in as Tunde’s character begins to come to life and quickly jumps off the page and into your heart. I found myself racing with anticipation to the next page. Yahaya has a real talent for taking complicated life lessons and weaving them into a captivating story that compels us to awaken in ourselves the potential that lies within.”

-Susan Ksiezopolski, award-winning writer, author of My Words


“I was so inspired reading Yahaya’s second book; I truly felt that inspiration to change the things I can change and do the things I love. There are hidden gems of encouragement and deep truths in this book that we can all learn from and apply to our daily lives.”

-Veronica Vera, Sydney, Australia


“I brought the story of Tunde to Italy while pursuing a dream of my own. Yahaya’s second novel inspires and comforts; it’s a perfect read for the many highs and lows that come with taking risks toward a brighter future.”

-Eric Petersen, designer of luxury handbags, jewelry, and accessories


“A flaw that most people have in life is that they give up too easily. This influential sequel to Struggles of a Dreamer shows us that people should continue moving forward with their ambition in spite of the overwhelming obstacles that may exist. The powerful message I got from this story is that one should never give up.”

-Ashley Caines


“Yahaya’s book came to me as a gift at the right time in my life. It speaks to the very heart, mind, and spirit in each of us who lives and has lived. Thank you, Yahaya, for your enlightening, captivating, and life-affirming exploration of turning one’s vision into a successful reality. PS: The book was hard to put down!”

-S. Andrea Zides, OCT


“Thank you, Yahaya, for this inspiring and touching story! The fluidity of your writing brings the characters to life. As I read the story, I could envision the story unfold; each sentence drew a picture more clearly than the last, which made it impossible to put your book down. For anyone who is looking for a great read, stop looking and start reading!”

-Aftakhar Haidry, Toronto, Ontario


“I enjoyed the book very much. It is very refreshing and uplifting; it gives hope when you think there is none. Yahaya, you are a special soul and have a nice gift in writing.”

-Angela Dipoce


“I love how Tunde kept going and was open to receiving whatever life threw at him. This story is about never giving up and having faith to keep moving forward. I could not stop reading this heartwarming story.”



“A seemingly simple story, this book is full of lessons. The flaws of Tunde make him an amazingly relatable character, and he made me believe in the power of thought. The overall message in the book is one that will resonate with any reader who flips through its pages.”

-Kern Carter, author of Thoughts of a Fractured Soul


“With this book, I came to the realization that success is attainable for all those who seek it, but one must be willing to want something more and actually act toward achieving it. This novel is entertaining but at the same time ignites that fire in you to achieve your goals and dreams. Well done, Yahaya!”

-Mark Addo, real estate investor


“I enjoyed this book very much—a story within a story within a story. Tunde is an excellent character in the way that he models a sustainable path for himself out of misfortune, and he is a very approachable human in his emotional vulnerability. Thanks again for the opportunity to read this wonderful story!”

-Anna Melnikoff, course director and professor, Department of Music, York University


“It’s the spirit of this book that moves me most, the embodiment of success principles in a fictional story that seems all too familiar for those of us looking to create amazing lives for ourselves and others—an inspiring read for all those looking to make something more of their lives.”

-Jody Aberdeen, author of Convergence and Founder of Liberati Press


“Reading through the pages, I couldn’t help but wonder just how many readers will read the same pages and think about their current positions in life and try to make amends for the better. Yahaya has not only inspired growth, but he also creates the urge to succeed through persistence as displayed by his main character, Tunde.”

-Lucy Kaite Nyarwai, community health analyst


“Very captivating! A great read for everyone with a dream.”

-Ibrahim Adekale, founder and executive producer of African Entertainment Awards


“You will enjoy reading this book, and, above all, you will be inspired the very moment you start reading it. A must-read!”

-Aggrey Sambay, bestselling author of Tales Told by the Son of Kenya

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