Book Review: Memoirs of a Lazy Korfa by Tunmise Usikalu

This book has been on my TBR for quite a while now and I am glad I finally got around to reading it.

Tunmise’s memoir is a quick, interesting and mostly funny account of her experiences at the compulsory Nigerian Youth Service Corps which every university graduate under 30 years of age is expected to embark on for one year beginning with a three weeks boot camp. This is a daily account of her time at the NYSC camp for the three weeks period.

It was a nostalgic read that brought back memories of my time at the NYSC camp in Jos, Nigeria in 2002. I never thought I had good memories during that time because it was in January and the weather was very cold in Jos. However, reading this book and with hindsight, I began to remember the fun moments and most importantly, the opportunity to meet a very good friend of mine who I cherish a lot.

It is a good book for most Nigerians who have participated in the service year to reminisce on those times and also a resource for those who are yet to go for the program to know what they are to expect when they attend the camp. I recommend.

Rating: 3 Stars

Published: February 18, 2020

Pages: 112

Genre: Non Fiction (Memoir)


The Author:

Photo of Tunmise Usikalu, author Lazy Korfa

Dr. Tunmise Usikalu, is a Dentist by training with a doctorate degree in Dental Public Health from King’s College London. Interestingly, her time in Kano was what really got me interested in Public Health. Therefore, after the fantastic year she had serving in Kano, she had the opportunity to pursue postgraduate training in Dental Public Health.

A few years ago, she received a scholarship to study Dental Public Health and was subsequently awarded a doctorate for her research into ways of increasing public awareness of mouth cancer. A piece of work that has now been incorporated into the curriculum for teaching dental students at a world leading university and informs training for Dentists already in practice.

​She has worked in Research and Teaching in two of the leading Universities in that field in the UK. She is no longer in academic practice but still works in research supporting some pretty important work while maintaining her links with academia.

She is married to Olumuyiwa, her amazing husband, and they have two beautiful daughters. She is passionate about the art forms and loves writing, dancing, acting and musical theater. She also loves to cook and bake with her daughter!

This book started out as a journal she kept during the three weeks in  the NYSC orientation camp.


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