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Words Can be Hugely Powerful

Princeton, NJ, November 13, 2008 --( When author Tomi Akinyanmi lost her father suddenly in a car accident, she longed to have him speak one last time. Now, Akinyanmi gives him that chance as she reveals one man’s practical wisdom for living life to the fullest in “A Worthy Legacy,” her remarkable and moving new book just released by Tommie Books.

Now available through the books website ( and major online book sellers, “A Worthy Legacy” is an intensely personal story with a powerful and universal resonance. In it, Tomi puts herself in the place of a granddaughter who journeys from Lagos to the Nigerian village of her childhood on news her grandfather is ill. He’s on his deathbed, and as Tomi and her family say their goodbyes, the old man begins to share the secrets of his long life and happiness.

These eloquent last words express her grandfather’s beliefs on happiness, honor, dreams and giving and receiving love. Far from the ramblings of an old man, the brief speeches amount to a code for life that’s neither preachy nor commanding. “I have no diamonds to leave as inheritances to you,” he tells his family gathered around him. “What I have to give are words, and they are more precious than any other thing I could give to you.”

As she listens to her grandfather hold forth on subjects from character to perseverance, Tomi marvels at his dignity in facing death not with pettiness but with the fulfillment of having lived a life that he did not regret. After his death, Tomi finds herself applying her grandfather’s words in her everyday life. Her grandfather's inspirational words became the code to live the reality of a hurried, big-city existence and she realizes that words are indeed powerful.

As Tomi strives to make a final connection with her father, both she and readers will discover the secrets to achieving their dreams, happiness and love – secrets that indeed are her father’s very worthy legacy.

“A Worthy Legacy” is now available through Ingram, Baker & Taylor,,, Alibris, Powells, various books stores online as well as on the books website, at .

Book Information
ISBN: 978-0-615-21116-9/978-0-615-19619-0
Format: 5.5x8.5 pb | 6x9 hb w/jacket Pages: 112
SRP: US$15.95/CAN$19.95 | US$24.95/CAN$31.95 Genre: Nonfiction

About the Author: Tomi Akinyanmi has been writing for over twenty years. Though poetry was her first love, Tomi was inspired by personal experience to create “A Worthy Legacy” as her first work of prose. Tomi’s works include “Voices in the Wind,” which won first place in the inaugural Voices Anthology Contest sponsored by The Voices Anthology Network. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Author Contact: Visit her on the Web at

About Tommie Books: Tommie Books is an independent publisher located in Princeton, New Jersey. Founded in 2008, Tommie Books (a division of TomLex Ventures LLC) seeks the promotion and development of emerging authors.


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