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Uranta in Contradictions


Somi Uranta

Somi Uranta first hit the bookshelf with A Date With Failure: Art of Standing Up Again in 2004. It was a book that many erroneously judged by its cover and missed the point. Little did they pause to ponder on the universal truth it contains, that those who have achieved the most in life are those who have failed the most? The only difference is that this category of people doggedly rises up again and again after each fall, using their failure lessons as the ladder that takes them to their ultimate success. 

However, that was not enough to deter him from assembling materials for his next book. 
Today, Mr. Uranta, who is also the founder of the one-stop shop, Somi Steam Group, on Kudirat Abiola Way, Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos, is back, and like they will say, with a brand new book titled Contradictions: Lessons From The School of Life. The 214-page book was released last month with Somi-type of fanfare.


To underscore how gripping the book is, both to his clients at Somi Steam Car Wash Facility and the general public from all strata of the society, the ubiquitous street book vendors on Lagos traffic have also latched on it, hawking the book like fresh, hot bean-cake to motorists and commuters.
Somi spoke on why he needed to write the book after his debut A Date with Failure experience: “After pondering through all the questions, which quite unexpectedly, led to more unanswered questions, I decided to share my thoughts, both as an observer and a participant in the school of life…

“For instance, how does one resolve the inherent contradictions in these immortal and widely acceptable lines: ‘to be wise, you must be foolish,’ ‘if you want to be rich, scatter your wealth and they will return to you in many folds,’ and ‘If you want to save your life, lose it…’”

Contradictions: Lessons From The School of Life is published by SPW Publishing and Company, with a forward written by Professor Chedozie Okoro of the Department of Philosophy, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos, who is currently on sabbatical at the Department of Philosophy and Classics, University of Ghana, Accra.


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