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Reviewed by Natalie Soine for Readers' Favorite
Ebrima Sawaneh's memoir, Purposeful Education: My Bet Against Poverty, is a compelling narrative that traces Ebrima's remarkable journey from a humble Gambian village to the commanding roles of Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The book begins with Ebrima's early struggles, including two interruptions in his education due to financial constraints, yet he perseveres, excels academically, and becomes a chartered accountant, earning an MBA in Finance and attending executive courses around the world. Throughout his memoir, Ebrima's journey underscores the transformative potential of education, resilience, determination, and the profound influence of mentors. The book takes readers through Ebrima's experiences, from his days as a village boy to managing a donkey cart operation, ultimately reaching the pinnacles of success in the seaport industry. Purposeful Education serves as a testament to the extraordinary impact of purpose-driven learning, offering a message of hope to those facing similar challenges.
Ebrima Sawaneh's odyssey from resource constraints to overseeing billion-dollar assets serves as a powerful inspiration to readers of all backgrounds. It impels us to recognize the potential of purposeful education, highlighting the significance of unwavering commitment and consistency in pursuing our aspirations. In a world where obstacles and challenges are ubiquitous, Purposeful Education offers a message of hope, reminding us that, with the right mindset and support, we can surmount any adversity. This memoir is a must-read for those seeking motivation and a reminder that education is a formidable tool for personal and professional advancement. Purposeful Education is beautifully written, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.