News / Latest / Ernest Kanjo / Wednesday, 26 June 2013 19:11

lum1Phonecall in The Rain (PITR) is a book to read. Sure, those who have had the opportunity to do would testify to this. It has been in circulation for a few months now, yet the thirst for it grows higher and higher. Its author, Lum Irene Asanji aka LIA has been guest on TIPTOPSTARS severally to talk about the book and other accompanying projects. This time she comes on, not to explain what is in the book anymore, but the official launch of PITR which takes place on Saturday June 29 in Canada. LIA spoke to both TIPTOPSTARS and African Cocktail, a Saturday morning show (9 O’clock to 1130) on Afrikka Radio presented by Ernest Kanjo. Here are excerpts of the interview she had with Ernest!

Ernest Kanjo (EK): Few days to the official launch of PITR, how prepared are you – materially and psychologically?

Lum Irene Asanji (LIA): I’m sufficiently prepared although there is room to dot and I and cut a t every other minute. God has been providing the means through individuals and well-wishers who have been generously contributing to ensure that the book launch is a huge success. I cannot event start recounting the generosity and favour that have come my way but I can only say one thing: God is awesome! With Him all things are possible. In that token I’m ready for the day and when it comes I will be ready to do all that needs to be done to the best of my ability and that of my team and to the glory of God.

EK: Describe the organization of the event, including venue, time, etc…

LIA: The event will take place at the Snelgrove Community Centre, 11692 Hurontario Street North, Brampton, Ontario from 4pm-8pm Eastern Standard Time. Logistically, there will be a huge media presence predominantly characterized by live coverage from the CNE Radio and Television Network Los Angeles as well as Local Press organs that are expected to be present at the event. The organization is geared by a team of volunteers currently led by myself and my always present Nigerian brother, Matthew Ogbulafor. Other brothers and sisters of my community who accepted my invitation to join the committee are also working on various tasks that would jointly lead to a successful event as expected. We are also expecting musical interludes by a professional pianist as well as raffle prizes to be won by members attending the event.

EK: Who are the guests of honour at the event?

LIA: We are expecting the Cameroon High Commissioner to Canada, his entourage, A Representative of the City of Brampton, the Pastor of the Brampton Christian Family Church, Christ Embassy Brampton, A key note Speaker founder of the Couples connect Ministry, the sponsor of my original publishing package as well as Authors, Artists, Leaders of Regional associations in Toronto, African community leaders, as well as a Canadian supermodel. I’m also expecting Oprah Winfrey or a representative if everything goes as I hope. That has not yet confirmed.

EK: Why is the launch coming long after Phonecall in The Rain went into circulation?

LIA: As you may already know, I had placed the book on hold shortly after its original release in 2011 to make some modifications that would render the book more empowering to the readers and to give God the most glory than the original version succeeded in doing. Besides the book was written during a depression and quite some negativity and some insignificant elements came across in the original version that did not deserve to remain on the stands for life. As I healed through the depression and meditated with the Lord on how best I should handle the book, I went through the guidance I needed spiritually to modify the book the way it now is. 2013 was a prophetic and appointed year for this book to come out and as God had ordained it; the book launch could not be done any later than this same miraculous year of my life and career. So this is the book and this is the year. This is the original and anything else prior to this to me was just a draft.

EK: Few months into circulation, what has been the reaction from the public or consumers?

LIA: The feedback has been very positive and I have met people who have read the book in less than 48 hours and have told me they just couldn’t take their hands off it until they were all done. 25 chapters in 402 pages is just no threat to anyone’s reading time. That should tell you the book has the capacity to hold down any reader. This is a book that captivates both Christians and non-Christians alike. I’m awaiting a real official public review so as to get it embedded in subsequent print outs. I will allow the public to confirm to you that this is truly a masterpiece. You are more than welcome to create a survey on my behalf or a blog to sample public opinion. hahahaha

EK: After the Canada launch, what next?

LIA: I have two other books I’m working on and the Canada launch is just the first step. I hope to launch in Cameroon precisely Buea in the months or few years ahead God being my helper and the United States as well. We’ll see as God provides, we shall take Phonecall in the Rain around the world. I understand lots of people would like to have me attend public speaking events and talk about the book in person. When the resources become available, I shall accommodate such requests wholeheartedly. There are also prospects for movie productions from chapters in the book. Let God lead the way as I continue to say.

EK: Do you have some people you want to extend gratitude to, vis-à-vis the success of this project?

LIA: I would start with Mr. Theodore Koum –Njoh and his family who paid for the original publishing package of this book. Without him I would have never managed to pay for this book when I was offered a deal by Xulon Press. My sister, Senior school mate and model Dr. Lilian Ndangam Fokwang was another divine connection that God brought my way to assist me in the editing of the original manuscript. She was just awesome and when you read the book you shall discover the way we hooked up. Only then shall you realize that God is not man. I also extend heartfelt gratitude to the members of my Shepherds Bag Christian email group who gave me the opportunity to write endlessly and also provided the original feedback that spurred me into transforming my online articles into a book. Their prayers before, during and after the writing process will remain invaluable. Laura Ngaba Tinzoh the Moderator of the forum, Woyen Nchanji the sister who led me to Shepherd’s Bag as well as Mr. Rene Mono, a selfless brother whose continuous prayers kept me strong in days I was feeling weak, deserve praises. The photographer of most of the graphics in the book Mr. Fai Nchanji of authenticpic who will also be the photographer at the book launch has also been an asset to the success of PITR. A God given born-again sister Andin Joy Gwanpua who equally loves writing was also one of the amazing contributors to the success of this book. The Families of Rev. Ebua, Ngwa, Relindis Kiawi, Assam, Tebid, Yenika, Ateba, Yika and Arrey were like pillars to me at various times. And last but not the least, my beloved Asanji family were steadfast in prayers to see me through. My new found Media team, CNE Radio and Television network has been doing a lot of free publicity already for the book and I can assure you they will not stop there because when God opens doors, the doors remain wide open forever. I’m simply speechless when I think of the people God has filtered into my life. The list is endless. To be honest with you, in Canada and abroad, there are many families who said prayers on my behalf, and there are many more that are coming up and offering assistance towards this book launch in incredible ways. I pray that their efforts will not go in vain as they continue to stand by me awaiting more fruits from my multiple endeavours.



Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 19:16

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