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Olatunji’s ‘Rock Bottom’ for launch in Benin City

  • May 2, 2024
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Olatunji’s ‘Rock Bottom’ for launch in Benin City

* …Rock Bottom Sickle Cell Initiative to support survivors

By Editor

ROCK Bottom, a book written by Tola Olatunji will be launched on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at Horatio Marquee, Akhionbare Street, GRA, Benin City. Kickoff time is 10:00am prompt. The launch is in partnership with Edo State Centre for Women and Youth Development. There will also be the unveiling of Rock Bottom Sickle Cell Initiative, an NGO founded by Olatunji. Rock Bottom Sickle Cell Initiative focuses on providing support for sickle cell warriors.

The special guest of honour at the launch event is the First Lady of Edo State, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki.

Rock Bottom is a memoir inspired by a personal experience as a sickle cell survivor especially from Olatunji’s last crisis which was further complicated in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Bedridden for three months, the author escaped death by the skin of her teeth. The book raises awareness by offering eye-opening tips on sickle cell anemia, inspiring warriors of the disease and enlightening the public that being a victim of sickle cell isn’t a death sentence.

“In this tell-all book, Tola lays bare the struggles of sickle cell warriors, the UK medical system, the importance of family and friends and how much is hidden in the details of what is required to recover from a near-death experience” the blurb indicates.

Olatunji, a property lawyer, shared her inspiration for writing the book and the reason for having the launch in the ancient Benin City, where she was born and raised.

“So, I wrote the book because I wanted to tell my story,” she said. “I decided to write the book while I was recovering from hospital. So they had discharged me and I thought, you know what, it’s good to tell my story, because it was a life-changing experience for me, and maybe somebody’s going through the same experience. This was in 2022, a few months after I got out of hospital.”

Growing up with sickle cell and three siblings, two of whom are sickle cell warriors, Olatunji has witnessed firsthand the challenges of living with the disease. After a near-death experience that left her believing she might never walk again, Olatunji had to relearn how to walk, a journey that profoundly impacted her perspective on life. Through her dedication and passion, the author strives to touch lives and make a difference in the lives of sickle cell warriors, ensuring they are not limited by their condition. In Rock Bottom, Olatunji’s journey is a testament to the power of resilience and the impact one person can have in creating positive change.

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