The Church Girl 1 – A Book Review

Thanks to the covid 19 lockdown, I was finally able to have the needed free time to rummage through my bookshelf for some books I had always wanted to read but never had the sufficient time to do so.

One of such books was The Church Girl. I was delighted to still have the autographed copies, which I had erroneously assumed had been ‘borrowed’ off the shelf.

The texts in the following paragraphs are my humble attempt at reviewing the book.

About The Book

The Church Girl 1 is about Mary, an orphaned teenager who was saddled with the enormous task of fending for herself and her three siblings.

She soon felt that life had given her more responsibilities than she could shoulder alone. But who would help her out?

Books by Ufuomaee

In her quest for some financial help, she approached her pastor, a very popular man of God in town.

But this unscrupulous pastor took advantage of Mary’s vulnerability by extracting an agreement from her that she would meet the pastor’s ‘needs’ in exchange for whatever financial support he would provide for her.

That marked the beginning of a covert intimate relationship between the 16-year old girl and the pastor, which lasted for the next six years…

Unfortunately, this type of situation often plays out in real life in some our churches’ leaderships, where some so-called men of God do immorrally take advantage of their innocent members.

But sexual sin should not be condoned amongst the clergy. Wherever such exists, I think there should not be cover-ups any more.

Let the truth be made known and let justice prevail, where necessary.

What happened to Mary?

All hell was let loose after Mary met Ifeanyi whom she thought could be the man of her dreams and more. But just when she was being introduced to the would-be suitor’s family, she was discovered to be pregnant for the randy pastor Bolaji.

About the same period, although now newly born again, Ifeanyi’s past began to hunt him; to his dismay, he found out that his ex girlfriend was expecting his baby.

And this other girl was poised to spoil the show for him by all means…

How did Mary and Ifeanyi navigate through these awkward situations?

Did they get to fulfill their burning desires to be joined as man and wife?

Or did they painfully go their separate ways?

What happened to pastor Bolaji? Was he exposed?

What about Ifeanyi’s ex, Ijeoma? Was she able to scheme her way back to Ifeanyi’s life? Or was she destined to be with another man?

The answers to these questions formed the intrigues that vividly played out on the pages of the book.

My favourite character

Unlike in other books by the same author that I previously reviewed, I could not choose a favourite character from The Church Girl 1.

There were things to learn from each of the characters but quite honestly I couldn’t make up my mind on whom to confer the award of the favourite character.

About the Author

Ufuoma Emerhor-Ashogbon
Ufuomaee – Author of The Church Girl 1&2

The Church Girl 1 is another Christian genre classic contribution from beautiful Ufuomaee.

You will remember her if you have been a long time reader of this blog because I have also reviewed some of her books in the past.

Ufuomaee is also the author of The House Girl and Perfect Love  and the prolific writer of the blog, Grace and Truth.

Final thoughts

The Church Girl 1 was written in a simple, easy to read and understand narrative. It has plenty of life’s lessons that could be learned from it, especially from a Christian worldview.

Therefore, I will not hesitate to recommend it to everyone, especially to young adults and parents.

Thank you for reading!

You can share your own thoughts in the comment section.

From A Blog Friend To A Real Life Friend

Ufuoma E Ashobon's books
Victor with Ufuomae, proudly displaying some of the books authored by her.

I started this blog because I believed (and still believe) that I have something good to share that would be a blessing to someone out there. I also wanted to use the blogging platform to hone my writing skills.

To a very large extent, both objectives are already being achieved. But I will be the first to acknowledge that there is always room for improvement. And as I communicated in an earlier post, blogging has helped my personal development in many ways.

Over all, blogging is helping me become a better version of myself.

Another side benefit of blogging is the opportunity it has afforded me to interact online with people from across all continents of the world. In the process, I have forged many beneficial online relationships with people I am yet to meet physically.

And I know I am not the only one who has had that beautiful experience. There are bloggers who have been able to turn their blogging friends to real life friends. And it looks like I am joining that league now. Hang on, I will tell you about that in a moment…

Ufuomae (in the picture with me above), author and founder of Grace and Truth and Ufuomae’s Series Blog and Fair Life Africa was one of the earliest followers of this blog when I came on the blogosphere three years ago. Since then our interactions have continued and remained online. But all that got to change (for the better) during the week.

I have been aware that Ufuomae had published a couple of books in e-books and paperback formats. So finally I decided to place an order online for three of her books on paperbacks: The Church Girl 1&2, The House Girl and Perfect Love.

The Church Girl by Ufuomae

I was expecting the books to be delivered to me through a courier service. But I was pleasantly surprised when she contacted me to say she would deliver the books to me in person.

“Are you home today?” she asked. “I was thinking of bringing the books in person.”

Ostensibly, she only recently realised that we have been living in the same city all along.

“Oh really, you will bring the books in person?” I enthused. “Wow, it will be such an honour to finally meet you in person.”

Being someone I admire a lot, it had crossed my mind on several occasions that I would one day meet this passionate Christian blogger in person. But I had thought I would be the one to go look for her.

You can now see why I was feeling so excited to have her come look for me. The experience was wonderful for me. It would not be wrong to say I count it as one of the most important moments in my blogging journey.

And at the end of the day, this was how Ufuomae herself on her Instagram handle captured her experience of meeting me physically for the first time:

It was really lovely to meet you in the flesh @Victor_Uyanwanne! Wow 😎 This world is small… I think I first discovered your blog, VictorsCorner in 2015, and I was super pleased to find another African representing Christ on the blogosphere and doing it so unashamedly 😉 It was a while before I realised that you were Nigerian too 😁

The biggest surprise came when you ordered three of my books, and I learnt you actually live and work in Lagos!!! But the biggest biggest surprise was realising that you’re actually a BIG FAN of mine 😲 Wow, you made me feel like a real celebrity today 😎 thank you! It was nice getting to know you in the flesh, and I hope to learn more from you too.

Shout out to your office colleagues! Let them head over to and start ordering their own books.

(Yes, she met with some of my colleagues at work too. And they were pleased to meet with her as well).

Let me end this post with my response to Ufuomae’s Instagram post shown above, with the assurance that she and I have moved from being just blog friends to real life friends.

You made my day. It was my pleasure meeting you… in real life. Wow… Thank you so so much for everything. You are as fantastic in real life as you are online, even more.

Yea, it’s true I ordered your books.. The good part, noooo, the great part is that you graciously autographed them for me. You are doing great [in your blogging journey]. And I know you will do more. Just keep the flag flying. I will be there to cheer you on.

Victor Uyanwanne

Have you ever had anyone you met through your blog become your real life friend? I look forward to reading your experience in the comment section.

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