Title: Divinity in Humanity
Author: Dayo Lomuwagun
Publisher: Angulus Books
Reviewer: Funke Osae-Brown
The literature on motivational speaking is swelling in rank at the turn of the century. So many books have been written on the concept of self-discovery and living a purpose driven life. But Dayo Lomuwagun in his new book, ‘Divinity in Humanity’ takes a new view to issues around self-discovery. He strikes the core of human existence, divinity.
He poignantly shows the relationship between the natural man, the body and divinity, the soul. He describes this aptly with the bible text: “…and God breathe into man, and he became a living soul.”
Divided into three parts, the book’s thematic preoccupation dwells on the place of divinity in self-discovery and fulfilling life’s purpose. Chapter by chapter, Lomuwagun treats salient issues that serve as roadmaps to discovering oneself.
In the first chapter, the author seeks a common denominator in all human beings which is synonymous with all men regardless of circumstances surrounding one’s birth, class or economic status. In this chapter, the author names eight great men in world’s history who dared to be different regardless of the socio-economic background. In fact, most of them failed at one thing or the other before they became successful and celebrated by the world.
One of the popular whose experience stood out was the former American president, Abraham Lincoln. He failed at so many things he engaged in as Lomuwagun reminded us on pages 5 and 6 of his book. Lincoln failed at business, lost several election, and his wife yet he never stopped trying until he was elected as the president of the most powerful nation in the world, the United States of America.
Also instructive is the story of the Wright brothers who invented the aeroplane in spite of being laughed at they went ahead to fly their innovation. Today, the aeroplane is regarded as the safest means of transportation.
In the second Chapter, Lomuwagun talks about the human identity. He argues that identity is key to self-discovery and fulling God’s purpose in life. In his words: “A man who has lost his God-given identity is as good as dead.” (P.15). For him, the loss of money or any other material thing is nothing compared with the loss of one’s identity. And so, the divine nature in human beings is central to discovering purpose and one’s identity.
In Part two of the book delves into how to activate the divine nature. He states the first step in chapter three which is “Mind your mind”. He believes the capability of the human mind can limit or hinder one’s progress depending on how one is able to control his or her mind.
Lomuwagun gives the second instruction in the fourth chapter, ‘No excuse, please!’ Giving excuses is a great obstacle to fulfilling one’s purpose. Therefore, admitting one’s wrong doing without giving excuses his a great step to fulfilling one’s destiny. In subsequent chapters, the author continues to give more instructions on self-discovery.
Generally, ‘Divinity in Humanity’ is aesthetically appealing. The chapters are well arranged and designed. The author did not seek to bore readers with long and winding sentences or chapter. The brevity of the chapters and topics treated in each chapter makes the book easy to read. In addition, Lomuwagun precedes each chapter with a quote from himself and other notable writers to aptly summarise the content of the chapter.
Finally, Lomuwagun’s attempt at contributing to motivational literature is a bold move as he has succeeded in lending a strong voice to finding a purpose driven existence for his readers.