Yahaya Baruwa relishes dreaming big and aiming high. While pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at York University, he wrote a book, Struggles of a Dreamer: The Battle between a Dream and Tradition, which was published recently.
“I enjoy challenges and this book was conceived through my burning desire to achieve something big and worthwhile,” the young author said. “I also wrote this book to inspire my peers because I believe many of us don’t have a base to determine who we are. Hopefully, when youths read this book, they will find the confidence in themselves and their dreams and also be able to figure out what it is they want to do in life. This book is meant to inspire and also entertain.”
Born and raised in Kano, Nigeria, Baruwa came to Canada with his family at age 12 in 2001.
“Our story is reminiscent of most immigrants in that my parents came here to pursue greater opportunities and expand on what we had in Nigeria,” said Baruwa who is also doing a self-study finance program. “That was what they wanted.”
One of eight children, Baruwa attended Sir Wilfrid Laurier and Marc Garneau Collegiate Institutes before entering York University.
“Pursuing my first degree was a challenge, but I felt I could do more while I was in university,” said the member of York University’s Black Students Association and the Nigerian Student Association. “At first, it was not easy compiling the book and keeping up with my school workload. That was when I knew I had to be disciplined in managing almost every minute of my time properly if I wanted to achieve both goals at the same time. It was a difficult, but I made it.”
Struggles of a Dreamer: The Battle between a Dream and Tradition tells the story of a New York City beggar and a farmer’s son in a faraway land whose stories are woven together in a charming tale full of intriguing challenges and adventure.
Published by Tapestry House, the book is available in Chapters bookstores.