Boss UP! by Chika Ike
Release Date: 2018
Chika Ike is a famous Nigerian actress who has had leading roles in over a hundred movies. She conceived, produces, and presents the popular TV series African Diva Reality Show.
An entrepreneur who owns a fashion brand and is also a real estate developer. She set up a foundation that helps underprivileged children access an education, and she has studied for a PLD at Harvard. Now an Author.
Boss UP! helps you climb the ladder, step across any missing rungs, and never look down, just as she did.
Okay, this book surprised me… a little.
As is common around here when a celebrity publishes a memoir, it’s usually wrapped up in a pretty motivational title. This tactic I assume is designed to appeal to the self-help addiction of the population. Anyways, after a few days with this book which promised to give you the tools you need to live your best life, it was still just a memoir.
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Now, this is not to say that Chika Ike’s memoir suddenly morphed into a Brian Tracy book in a few chapters but it did get me thinking. In Boss UP! Chika Ike shares a lot of personal stories from her childhood, her rise to fame, surviving an abusive marriage, gaining financial freedom and more.
The author tries really hard to present all this information as motivational pieces and while this will certainly appeal to many, it was exhausting having to sift through all the quotes and call to actions to the meat of her life story.
A story which on its own is truly inspirational and got me motivated to keep pushing towards my financial goals. I mean, this lady saved up her first million from working odd jobs and modelling on the side when she was 21.
At this point, I feel I should say I’m not a fan of Chika Ike. In that, her name wasn’t familiar to me before this book and I haven’t been following her career so far. However, that did not prevent me from appreciating her tenacity and focus. Seriously, if you’re already investing in landed property at 21 without backing from a trust fund or sponsor, I love you already.
I just wish she had believed in the strength of her story and had not felt the need to dress it up in inspirational BS.
Despite my initial reaction, this wasn’t a complete vanity project. In that, the author actually got me thinking about getting my shit together.
I’ll admit that I am incredibly picky about everything that goes through my mind (and body) and it was really difficult to set aside my feelings about this memoir being presented as a self-help book.
Having said that, if you don’t mind or have a thing for inspirational quotes littered all over your book then you should definitely pick this up.