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About the Author

Hails from the town of Bizana in the Eastern Cape, Dr Tozama Qwebani-Ogunleye is an emerging scientist whose interest lies in teaching, writing and leadership.

She has held a number of leadership positions including chairperson for the Council for Scientific and Industrial and Research (CSIR) Biosciences student forum in 2012. In the same year she was also the chairperson at the 3rd BIT symposium in China-Xi’an for emerging scientists’ forum. Tozama’s passion for science and sharing her ideas with others has been evident through a number of talks given on platforms such as Channel Africa’s at the work place with Dr Izak Khomo. Her strong work ethic and belief in pushing boundaries have resulted in a number of notable accomplishments. In 2011 she was honoured with a Women in Science Award sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and TATA Africa.

That same year the CSIR Biosciences unit acknowledged her with the student of the year award (PhD). In 2013 she was the recipient of the Fogarty Fellowship through the Aurum Institute which allowed her to undertake 3 months’ training in Global Infectious Diseases at the International Center for Public Health (ICPH) in New Jersey, USA. She is a lecturer in physical chemistry at Tshwane University of Technology. Tozama is married to Olalekan Samuel Ogunleye and they have two children (Anuoluwapo and Oluwanifemi).

Tozama’s sense of direction, self-knowledge, expertise and life experience are few of the attributes that add value to this book. If you need a concise and highly applicable practical guide not only for self-motivation but also for practical life lessons as well, then you have found a book to read. Contrary to the usually far-fetched ‘picture perfect’ motivational 

books, in 20 Fantastic life lessons Tozama shows motivational insights, exposing her own failures and successes while exploring subjects like criticism, identity, failure, self-leadership and belief system.

The book is a fortune to all those who are looking to achieve goals, dreams and personal improvement. I appreciate that without being religious, she acknowledges the role of the universal and Sovereign God in the road leading to personal success and freedom which makes the book a sound one. Miss Cwengile Kenqa.

Excellent, insightful and straight to the point. I always wondered how Dr Tozama Qwebani-Ogunleye managed to excel in balancing her career and family life with such great enthusiasm. Now the secret is contained in these summarised key lessons. It has been an honour to watch her learn and practise some of these key lessons that she so eloquently describe. 

She is a role model and I hope and pray that many others learn from this book as she continue learning from others. Dr Joe Molete (founder of Dr Joe High Performance Academy)


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