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“The JJC Handbook” – This Book Might Just Save Your Life #LiterallyWhatsHot



On “Literally What’s HotOkadaBooks exposes a whole new level of African writing that defies convention and shatters the literary landscape with boldness and class.

AgbaraSo I sat down today to read this book by a relatively new author Valerie Kerri who submitted her first book to us at OkadaBooks. It shot up to number 4 on our bestseller list in less than 3 weeks, so I was curious to read it myself.

The JJC Handbook as far as titles go, was catchy but what really caught my eye was the book cover art. It could only have been dreamed up by a true Nigerian (none other than BellaNaija’s Poet Tolu). The over sized winter coat, the green passport and Ghana-must-go bag on what looked like Heathrow Airport … it brought a smile to my face.

The book promises to be a treasure chest of wisdom for anyone travelling out of Nigeria especially those travelling to the United Kingdom.

The book is divided into 3 main sections:

1. The International Student
2. The Migrant Worker
3. General Comments Some Other Stuff

It is a small book (0.1 mega bytes to be precise) and I read it cover to cover in one sitting but what it lacks in length it makes up for in humor and wisdom. She covers everything from choosing the right course to getting a job after your studies.

She is very funny … you can almost hear a girly voice with a Nigerian accent telling you “it is okay for you to still like drinking Garri and eating Bole even after getting your janded Masters degree” but in a sarcastic sort of way.

When she wrote about her mother saying to her, “they don’t have 10 heads” when referring to classmates who did better academically, I fondly thought of my mum as well.

Her writing is simple and easy and you feel relaxed reading. That comforting feeling carries throughout the book and the information comes across as very well-meaning and useful. I found myself laughing out loud at some points and began wondering what an audio book will sound like.

At the end, I feel like I have had a long talk with my big sister who has told me about my life and expectations. You get the feeling that you will let her down if you don’t come back from “Obodo Oyibo” as a superstar.

All in all, I feel like I should have read this book a few years ago before my first disastrous trip to the United Kingdom; where I jumped on a tube train heading the wrong way and got fined by the traffic enforcement for not having a ticket!

Will I read this book again? Maybe. It’s small enough to read over and over and I found it easy enough to read. Would I recommend it to anyone? Most definitely!

‘The JJC handbook- adapting to the UK with ease’ is Valerie Kerri’s first book, She lives in London and is an entrepreneur and writer. The book will be officially launched in the UK on the 26th of August, 2016.

Download a copy of Valerie’s JJC here and tell us what you think about it.

IMG-20160205-WA0005Book Reviewed by Magnus Tha III
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Illustrations by: Poet Tolu
Photographs by: Zaynab Quadri and Valerie Kerri


  1. Veronica

    July 21, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    I read this book…. Very funny. I found it an really helpful read!


    July 21, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    maddd review. like i really want to download okada books and read this right now. but let me buy WIFI first.

  3. Mujeeb Lawal

    July 21, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    I have nothing but compliments for this book. so beautifully constructed. a must read!!

  4. Obi Onyido

    July 21, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Ms kerri has done an osuofia in London, love the nostalgia it reminds me of what it’s like to be a Nigerian in a strange land and the excitement that comes with that new beginning.

  5. Nkiru Alex

    July 21, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    What an excellent review, this book is a must have!!!!!! ??????

  6. Uzoma

    July 21, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Valerie has completely changed the game! Inspiring author! Great work!

  7. Pammy

    July 21, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Compelling review and I can’t wait to read this book!!

  8. John Uwa

    July 21, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Great read….I downloaded it on Okada books based on the cover but the book itself surprised me…. very funny good read. I hope she writes more!

  9. Tammy

    July 21, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    This book gives real insight to life in the uk as a “JJC”. Absolutely love it and would recommend it. You go girl!!!! Young, Black and Awesome!! #youngafricanwomen ?

  10. Femi Daniel

    July 21, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Well done sis greater height

  11. Ade Odunuga

    July 21, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Great write up and definitely one to help ease whoever needs it into “Jand” life….. Congrats….

  12. Sky Blue

    July 21, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Awww… I went to Holy Child College with her. Awesome to see her doing big things!

  13. Juliet

    July 21, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    I found this review very refreshing. A young nigerian woman sharing her knowledge and doing it on her own… Its nice to see new young talented women….role models like this are neccesary for our daughters….good job! Im going to read this.

  14. Chinyere vera

    July 21, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Great work done. So happy for my cousin.

  15. James

    July 21, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    The cover made me laugh so I thought I’ll give it a try. Brought back so many memories I only wish I had it 10 years ago!!!

  16. Beloa Chioma

    July 21, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Congratulations on your book Valerie. So pleased for you and can’t wait to read it after this fantastic review. Xx

  17. Adaeze Writes

    July 21, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    That’s so nice, would definitely love to read.

  18. Nkechi

    July 21, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Val has always been a writer since childhood… Her charisma, humour and talent shines through out the book. A must read.

  19. Oluchi

    July 21, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Fabulous work Valerie!!! You did it!! ??????

  20. Ejike

    July 21, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    A handbook with the wisdom of an encyclopaedia. I can’t recommend this book enough. Kudos author

  21. Jaime Akiyode

    July 21, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    All the best on your achievement. Sky is the limit.

  22. catherine ezekpo

    July 21, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Wonderful review and brilliant book a must read

  23. chinwe ezekpo

    July 21, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Wonderful review and brilliant book a must read

  24. SOLID

    July 21, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    short funny useful book… Not like short in stature… That’ll be funny, ranking books as short and tall..
    … Anyways… The book is well written and the content is pure gold. Solid advice in there… I recommend for people who would be thinking of living outside of Nigeria and not just the UK…

  25. roseline Kerri

    July 21, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Enjoy the over flowing blessing of God’s grace in your life. I wish I’d read this book in 1980 my first visit to the UK, even now after living in London for many years I couldn’t help looking back in hindsight with laughter in my mouth and wished this book was available at that time. I’ll read this book again definitely. Greater heights Valerie.

  26. Niky

    July 21, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Very well written review. Will I download the book? Yes. Do I hope Ms Kerri will write more? Certainly so: we need more funny and inspiring books 🙂

  27. Ope

    July 21, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Lively review, my head is swelling for you!! This is a must have for anyone starting out in the UK, you should definitely get it. Well done Valerie.

  28. Emeka Egbuonu

    July 22, 2016 at 3:16 am

    What a great review. Recognition and all praise coming your way is deserved. Well done and congrats

  29. Sim

    July 22, 2016 at 9:02 am

    There are few things you know that will be great, but even fewer that exceed your expectations in a spectacularly great way. This book is one of the few of the few!

  30. Blessedheart

    July 22, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Sounds interesting. The author certainly has lots of loyal friends

  31. ronald ikpe

    July 22, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Very good piece Valerie! Proud of you

  32. Oluwafemi Alade

    July 22, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Umhhh… Veeeee… Awesome… Her personality revealed in her writing.. Classy… Yet simple.. Fun… And thought provoking…

  33. Chika

    July 22, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Welldone Valery… You are amazing

  34. Chen

    July 24, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Wait. It’s called The JJC handbook?! Feisty looool. Love it. Well done

  35. E

    July 27, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Please, is it a free download?

    • Valerie Kerri

      August 5, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      Hi E, Unfortunately, it is not but its only N200 on Okada books right now. Many thanks Valerie x

  36. Trevor

    July 28, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Work of Art, impressively humorous (finally). Well done, well done, well done.

  37. T2

    July 30, 2016 at 2:46 am

    Gone in 60 pages!
    Fun in 60p pages!
    Life in 60 pages!
    GREATNESS – yup you guessed it – in 60 pages!

    It started from the cover, and didn’t stop till I got to the other side.


  38. Amaka

    August 14, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Just finished reading this. Great book, really well written and lots and lots of useful tips. A must buy for anyone planning on making the big move.

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