God, were you pleased? (Memoir of a Zongo boy)

God, were you pleased? (Memoir of a Zongo boy) Is a tragic political satire that stars Gaawa a rare genius, born to two outlaws and raised distinctly in Zongo, one of the backward slums of Bachola. Gaawa sees problem with everything around him – right from his own parents’ penury; the community’s staunch attachment to a religion whose god he believes only punishes the poor for the wrong of the rich; the system of education that only educates in order to subjugate; to everyone accepting mediocrity as faith. He questions everything including the existence of God. In fact his problem is with the entire 21st century civilization. No school could contain him.
But little did Gaawa know that daring to bring change to the very philosophy that birthed society requires more than just vociferous arguments. His antagonists would be both nature and man. The true test of his beliefs comes when at the age of 15, he tragically loses both parents in a space of 3 months and wrongfully gets convicted of murder and sentenced to death two years after. Gaawa is just starting but it seems he is the kind of hero that is born dead.
Is this the end of a genius who was notoriously raised to force change or his destiny transcends the prison walls? Let’s dig in!



About author

Abubakar Ismail Yusif who writes under the name Ismail Oʼnea is an English language tutor at Istiqaama Senior High School, a writer, a public speaking coach and the founder of O’nea Consultancy. Ismail writes to tell the true stories of Muslims and Muslim communities in a compelling way that will always get you glued to the pages till the end. As a Muslim pragmatist, he uses his stories to inspire positive change and greatness in the youth. Ismail holds a Bachelor of education degree in English Language from the University of Cape Coast. He is a bookworm, a volunteer and a speaker. When he is not writing then he is reading otherwise find him volunteering in a school. (God, were you pleased?) is Ismail’s first novel.

8 reviews for God, were you pleased? (Memoir of a Zongo boy)

  1. Muhammad Mahmud Mukhtar

    Great piece that opens the lid to understanding the Zongo situation. The writer provides insights to help promote diversity and peaceful coexistence between the Zongo and the non-zongo. A masterpiece that you can’t do without.

  2. Sidi

    Read to understand why ghettos are mostly located in zongo…. life in zongo is interesting but Hell… understand how it feel to live in such community

  3. Abdallah Sharif Salman

    Mr. Ismail is a gem. The book is a must read. It is an embodiment of faith, society and nature. Please grab a copy and you will never regret for reading through this masterpiece. Thank you

  4. Salifu Bagin Amidu

    I recommend this book to everyone. it’s written in simple language for easy understanding.
    the story is indeed very educative and inspiring.


    Very good initiative.
    Keep it up

  6. Khalifa Ahmed Andy Kadir

    I am impressed about this life changing and right mind setting book. It’s could possibly be an infinite solution to our infinite negative thoughts about life especially in our Zongo communities and elsewhere that have these radical mindset. We expect this change if not today but generations to come. We are proud this piece. If God was not pleased about the characters in the story, He would be pleased after we have made changed our mindset positively. Peace!!!

  7. Muaz

    Very great novel.
    It really goes with the title.
    Wish to read more from this author.
    God bless you


    This is a great novel. It is very educative and provides more life experience. It can really shapes human society and gives more hope in life.
    Nice work done.

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