- A Nigerian man based in Finland, Obi-West Utchaychukwu, has moved from grass to grace and become celebrated in Finland
- Obi-West became a successful publisher in Finland years after the wealthiest man in his community disgraced him as a result of his financial challenges
- Now, the man is the official producer of The Face of African Queen Finland and can publish whatever he wants
Obi-West Utchaychukwu is all shades of an accomplished young man as far as publishing is concerned.
The Finland-based Nigerian is famed for his rave-of-the-moment Diaspora Glitz Magazine that has consistently dished out quality and impressive contents.
He also doubles as the founding father and producer of The Face of African Queen Finland, a widely-followed beauty pageant for ladies with an African background.
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Legit.ng however gathered that there is a humble story behind his story as experiences he encountered in the past had challenged him and steered him to limelight today.
Growing up, Obi said he had admirable passion for writing and publishing. One of his articles had even graced The Punch Newspapers in 2011, according to him.
The article titled "The many ills of the nation" tackled Nigeria's ex-president Dr Goodluck Jonathan who at that time was nursed the idea of placing past presidents on lifetime pensions in the face of economic woes the nation suffered at that time.
Despite his financial woes at that time he said he sought to publish a 200-page book he titled 'The African Odyssey' detailing his experiences and encounters during his stay overseas.
His passion and pursuit soon suffered setbacks in rapid successions. Legit.ng learnt that his first attempt at getting the work published hit the rocks as the publisher didn't fancy doing it for free (on pro bono basis).
His next stop was the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP). He was reported to have called at their Ikeja office and submitted his manuscript.
Owing to the significance of the work - as it harrowed the problems of travelling overseas illegally - he received the nod and was told he'd be communicated to as to when to come down to Abuja for the official signing of the 2 million Naira worth of publishing value, this is according to Obi-West testimony.
He was reportedly informed that the agency lacked the money to go on with the publishing. However, findings according to him, revealed his tribe was the major crust of the matter as against what he was told.
He took the manuscript again, this time to a wealthy kingship aspirant in his hometown. But was met with another disappointment. The unnamed man dismissed him without thinking twice with the statement "I'm very busy, you can come another day".
And somehow by a stroke of luck he found his way to Finland and today he can publish whatever he wants. Legit.ng could not ascertain how this came to be as of time of filing this report.
For anyone going through challenges and at the point of giving up, the Co-founder of the #EndSARS movement in Finland has this to say:
"You can still achieve your dreams if you don't lose focus because of the challenges of life".
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported how renowned writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie scored a first after she won the inaugural Belle Van Zuylen Ring Prize.
The renowned writer and author of Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun and so many other literary works became the first Nigerian to claim that prize.
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