The Flavor of Favor: Quest For the American Dream. A Memoir is an inspirational story of a first generation immigrant and his journey from his country of birth, Nigeria to his dream country, United States.
Olawale tells a gripping story of a child raised in an economically unstable environment, in which his parents tried desperately to shield him from the reality of the changing times. However, at the age of fourteen he started seeking a way out of penury by secretly doing odd jobs without his parents' knowledge.
By the age of twenty, he immigrated to the United States and began the pursuit of the American dream with the belief that the United States was the "promised land" and that with hard work and dedication, he will succeed. He worked multiple jobs, juggling two to three jobs while also trying to obtain a college degree.
He struggled to adapt in his newly adopted homeland as he lost one job after another, experienced prejudice and social isolation. The dreamland was rapidly becoming the land of nightmare. Yet, he was grounded by his faith and comforted by the hope of a better future in this land of opportunities.
Olawale details the experience of a young immigrant growing up in a world that was rapidly changing and in which he has to either fend for himself to survive or fail woefully.
He eventually graduated from college with honors and subsequently earned a law degree. He became an attorney and was nominated as a candidate for judge by a major political party in the United States.
It is a story of faith, faithfulness, determination, discipline and survival in spite of the odds.
"A book of this nature may just open their eyes to the reality of life in the Diaspora. Academics, especially those in Development Studies, may also find the book to be an invaluable tool in the assessment of educational and social development in a developing and developed world...This is a book for everyone if only to show the power of the human spirit and the ability to rise above challenges."-The New Telegraph
"The Flavor of Favor: Quest For the American Dream. A Memoir is easy to read and compelling with its very descriptive narrations. It is difficult to put down once a reader begins to read. It is vital to those that strove for the American Dream and an inspiration to the weak and the dejected."-The Immigrant Press
"The book is one of the most comprehensive and insightful memoir written in recent times ...It is a masterpiece that every library and result-driven individual should acquire...Olawale has rendered a masterpiece with a scalpel soaked in ink; he has dissected this body of classical performances with the touch of a maestro"-The National Mirror.
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About the Author
Emmanuel graduated with Honors from the City University of New York, College of Staten Island where he received his Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Liberal Arts and Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Communication, Media studies and Journalism.
He received his Juris Doctorate degree at Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio.
Emmanuel runs a law practice, The Olawale Law Firm in Columbus, Ohio. His firm deals with diverse clients and variant areas of the law, locally, state-wide and internationally. He was a candidate for judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Delaware County, OH in the 2014 election.
Emmanuel is a recipient of several professional, leadership and academic awards: he has been selected multiple times as a Super Lawyer; received the Emerging Leaders Award, CALI Excellence of the Future Award among others.
He participates in community outreach programs and volunteers free legal services to the underprivileged, he acts as mentors to students and youths. He is also a motivational speaker and provides his legal expertise at seminars, workshops and conferences.
Emmanuel currently lives in Lewis Center, Ohio with his wife and two children.