For Dr. Mark Ogbodo, a young medical doctor in Benue State, every stage of his life has inspired him to excel in whatever venture he sets his mind to achieve.
Born 38 years ago, the Igede native of Obi Local Government Area of Benue State, following hard work and determination, trained himself through secondary school and the university.
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While in 200-level studying Medicine at Igbinedion University in Edo State, the young medical practitioner penned his first book which awoke his passion for writing.
Ogbodo, presently practising General Medicine, has advanced reasons for authoring a second book centred on Mother’s love with an aim of ensuring the proper upbringing of children.
He told our correspondent that the latest book, ‘Amour Maternel’ (Mother’s love) was inspired from his several encounters with patients in the course of his medical practice and experiences of deprived children he came across while growing up.
‘Amour Maternel’ is the story of “a girl child who was born with a silver spoon but the maternal love she deserved was sold out by her mother in exchange for material things.
“The girl child is maternally deprived. That’s the story which must go out to impart to the world. In my profession as a medical doctor, I have encountered a lot of people and even in my environment, I have encountered a lot of people who are maternally deprived and the consequences are usually enormous.
“All these contributed to the making of a society. I can tell you that the building of a happy society and the world at large is dependent on the quality of love received by a child, particularly from the mother,” he said.
Ogbodo also told our correspondent in an interview shortly after the official launch of the book in Makurdi, that his inspiration for writing was based on the instinctive talent he possessed having started the art in his JSS 2 days at Unique Secondary School in Makurdi.
The author who works for Benue State Hospital Management Board further noted that although a medical doctor, he had observed how some factors like leadership policies, security among others had deprived mothers’ love for their children which informed his choice of the book’s title.
“Everything in my life is inspired by my inbuilt talent. I’m sure that I have awoken the all inbuilt passion for writing. I started my first book at 200-level in medical school. I wanted what I could impart to the world.”
Earlier, at the launch, the chairman of the occasion who also presides over the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in Benue State, Dr Otene Samuel, urged the author not to be discouraged by the poor attendance at the event.
The book reviewer, Mrs Pàtience Nwabufo, in her verdict, said, “It is articulated emotions motivated by the writer who is a medical doctor. Most often, writing comes from emotion. Mother’s love generates real women that impact children from child dependence into adult independent life.”