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She’s making headlines not for her weight loss programme but as an author. Her book, How I lost 40 kg: the journey that changed my life has just been named number one best seller on Amazon. The book is the only Nigerian book to reach such selling status. She bares her mind in this chat .
By Japhet Alakam
CONGRATULALTIONS on your book topping the best seller list on Amazon?
Thank you very much, it is indeed an amazing privilege, considering it was barely available to the Nigerian audience due to Amazon’s Country restriction. Becoming an Amazon bestselling Author to a mostly international audience is very encouraging. So yes, I am an Amazon International Best-selling Author, I no be local champion. It’s a good feeling.
How did you get to know that your book is number one?
Well once you create an account on Kindle Direct, you get statistics and you watch your book move up the ranks or fall depending on its relevance. But that is for me as an admin on the back end. Anyone who searches for my name in the Kindle App will find the book and it’s details, the details will show where it is ranked on the best sellers list, that list is open to the general public. You can monitor how any book is doing on the ranks or if it made the list at all.
The ranks are updated hourly. I made it to number 5 within the first hour and by the time it got to the eighth hour, I was holding on strong at number two. Today I am number one.
Did it come as a surprise or was it something you expected?
When I put my book on Kindle, I wanted to be a best seller, I went in with that goal in mind. I am a go getter so I will not say it was a surprise, I expected to be number one. When I got to number 2, I kept my fingers crossed.
I have to point out that just 3 weeks before I made my book available on Kindle, I met an amazing woman called Naomi Osemedua. She is popularly known as the Periscope Rockstar, she released a book called Socially Speaking.
In the book she talked about her journey on periscope and it made it to number 4 on the Amazon Best Sellers list. I got in touch with her and she gave me some amazing pointers. That also played a major role in my hitting the best sellers mark, she made me believe that I could do it and that gave me psychological permission.
What was the motivation for writing the book?
I knew that I could not go to all the places I hope to go with my message in this lifetime with the time I have available and being one person. So I put myself on the internet which is the closest thing to being omni present. I printed my book so that it could go anywhere in the world without me being physically present. I am a Certified Health Coach and as a coach there is a limit to the number of people I can work with, but with my book, I can coach millions of people whom I may never meet.
Being number one means a lot of sales, you must be very rich now?
I cannot tell you that. Do you want me to be robbed. Yes the money is rolling in, but I did not write the book just because I want to make money. The idea is to help people find the good health that they seek. If I make money on the side, it only means that I have reached a lot of people.
Is this your first book?
This is my first book as the only contributing author, yes. In 2003, I co-authored a book on youth and community development with 11 others in the United states.
Is there a sequel in the making?
Yes I am presently writing another book and have two other drafts in the pipeline. I should have my next book by the end of the year.
Tell us about your incredible journey to weight loss?
In 2013, I weighed 110kg, I was grossly overweight, suffered from low self esteem, suffered from one obesity related disease to the other (Migraines, pre-diabetes, hormonal imbalance) and one day I was sick and tired of living such a low quality lifestyle and decided it was time for permanent change.
It took me 10 months to lose 40kg, I did not have a personal trainer, was not enrolled in the gym so I spent so much time doing trial and error. I did not know what to eat, what not to eat, how to exercise and what was best to do. I spent a lot of time and money experimenting on all the safe and natural methods.
Like everyone who has ever wanted to lose weight, you have tried and failed many times. So have I. I had tried several times and failed but this time I started, hit a number of bumps on the way but kept going.
Some believe when people lose so much weight, maybe they had undergone surgery, did you do that?
No I never had to go through any medical procedure and I personally don’t encourage that and here is my reason.
When you do a surgery, you fix the symptom, which is fat, you have not dealt with what made you fat, you have not dealt with the root. When you do this, you are still leaving room for it to grow. What will happen when the things that caused you to add weight returns? You do another surgery? So I usually do not encourage quick fixes and trust me there are so many quick fixes available.
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