Book Review: Out Of The Depths by Funmilayo Oyefusi

I received a copy of this book from Satayaa Africa in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

‘Out of the Depths‘ is a memoir that details the author’s life experiences from when she embarked on the Nigerian National Youth Service to date. Her story is one of perseverance, faith and trust in God. After the sudden demise of her husband of two years, she is left with the burden of caring for herself and their two children. This experience took her on a journey of self-discovery that has shaped and paved her path towards success.

Her story was touching yet inspiring especially during the early years of her marriage and her career as she took all the challenges that came in her stride. Her courage and doggedness is admirable, mirroring God’s faithfulness in the lives of those that trust in him. I also loved her openness as regards her struggles during her marriage and the message it sends to young people about the importance of taking your time through God’s guidance while choosing a life partner. However, I would have loved for this memoir to spend more time in the parts where she started excelling in her career. I felt these parts were a bit rushed or summarized but are equally important for young women or even men who are growing in the corporate world and need all the advise they can get to succeed in their endeavors. I would have also preferred for the testimonials by her family and friends to come at the tail end of the book instead as they tended to distract the me from the core of the story

Nevertheless, reading this memoir was good experience and I am curious to see what the author may come up with next.

Rating: 3 Stars

Published: 2021by Makere Publishers

Pages: 135

Genre: Non Fiction (Memoir)


The Author:

Funmi is a Human Resource and Organizational development practitioner, a full member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (MCIPM) and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, USA. Funmi has extensive work experience in different sectors across Pharmaceutical, Charity, Accounting, Information, Communication and Technology, and development sector. Having worked with organizations like Fidson Healthcare, Tidy Bond UK, her track record has proven prowess for facilitating organizational effectiveness.

She is presently the Director Organizational Effectiveness ActionAid Nigeria; and was the Human Resources Business Partner covering 9 countries in East and West Africa for ActionAid International. Her contributions to the development sector in the area of people and organizational development is widely recognized and acclaimed in many nations of the world. Funmi sits on the Board of Widows and Orphans Empowerment Organization as the Board Chairperson and is the Secretary of the Board Governance and Development committee of ActionAid Nigeria.

‘Out of the Depths’ is her first book.


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