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Interview with Nekesa Ouma-Namulu, Author of The Michelangelo Effect

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Introducing The Michelangelo Effect…

What do the elegant theories of Nicholas Bohr, Wallis Simpson’s improbable love life and a duvet cover that does not get tangled up with socks in a washing machine, teach us about how our brains work?

Is there something linking Europe’s ‘discovery’ of snow on the Kilimanjaro, Romania’s rebellious youth, and the quest for perfect white teeth? And finally, what can Isaac Newton’s colossal financial blunder teach us about the science of failure and success and how could we use this knowledge to solve our own personal problems?

Your current thinking is failing you…

WE ARE BEING ROBBED of our authentic lives and don’t even know who the robbers are. The author outs the THREE horsemen of personal apocalypse; MIS-Education, MIS-Information and, the absolute worst, MIS-Direction. The three mind viruses that have and have contributed to an epidemic of jadedness, helplessness and despair.

If you’ve ever wondered why…

*dating and relationship advisors are so fixated on ‘make-overs’ (your online profile, your wardrobe, your face, your conversation skills)?

*prosperity gurus are so bent on you ‘fixing’ yourself?

*some of the most beautiful people never find love and many of the most intelligent ones never make good money?

*people with disadvantages identical to yours are so hugely successful?

*and finally, why ‘idiots’ do so well?

…you need to read this book.

The answer, is hidden in plain sight

With unparalleled clarity the book reveals the single common denominator behind the new wave of personal success stories that is sweeping across the globe. Slum millionaires, uneducated patent princesses, third world Forbes shortlists, village entrepreneurs and activists with a global impact, billionaire composers (who cannot read music)…’unattractive’ folk finding amazing life-partners, people who previously lacked confidence finding, meeting and keeping friends…these people do not seem to be at the mercy of employers, clients, market forces, looks, economic meltdowns, politicians, house prices or interest rates, personal or global history, geographic location, age, weight, [fill in your personal challenge], whatever. They are clueless about motivational workshops and all self-help staples, have never heard of The Law of Attraction, never paid for a wealth creation seminar, and don’t bother to look any different what they always have. They are from all b backgrounds and every ‘demographic,’ with every known disadvantage bafflingly represented.

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About The Author


Nekesa Ouma-Namulu describes herself as a ‘true citizen of the world,’ having the privilege of calling many places home. She was born and brought up in Nairobi, the capital of that picturesque nation on Africa’s eastern coast, and moved to London where marriage and career made Europe her second home for almost two decades. Her career as a Computer Networking Systems consultant, which included a year with Cisco Systems, saw her spend many happy hours in data centres all over the world, fiddling with fibre-optic cables plugged to huge data switches alight with dozens of different blinking lights. Work saw her set up camp in Mexico City, Seoul and most recently Paris, which led her to conclude, “no-one does a strike quite so thoroughly as the French.” Nekesa has published a computing book, which sits happily next to others in UK libraries, as well as a children’s fable. Today, Nekesa and her family split time between homes in Kenya, Spain and the UK.

Q & A with Nekesa Ouma-Namulu

A&RBC: Thank you so much for this interview,  Can you tell us where you are from?

I am Kenyan, born and brought up in this picturesque East African country. I do believe however that I have since become a true citizen of the world. I lived and worked in Europe for the vast majority of my adult life, calling, at various times, London and Paris home. I now split my time between Nairobi and the Australian outback.

A&RBC: How did you come up with your title?

I struggled with that initially. I wanted something that hinted at genius. Michelangelo was a true genius…one only has to look at his Pietà to appreciate the true meaning of that word. Michelangelo was also an ordinary, troubled man. His genius was not dependent on him being ‘perfect’ in any sense of the word. That is the core message of my book. How we can tap into the genius that is innate in each an every one of us, to succeed in life, without conforming to contemporary ideas of perfection.

A&RBC: They say you can judge a book by its cover.  Can you tell us a little about your cover and who designed it?

I designed the cover myself. I love playing with digital design tools. The photo of the compass is my attempt at conveying the idea of direction, as the book’s core message stresses the importance of true information and education. In the book, I spend quite some time pointing out how pervasive MIS-direction has become, starting all the way from our educational systems to what comes at us from mass media. An entire fiction about how life works has been created that is the reason for a lot of missed opportunity for many individuals who take mistake these lies for information.

A&RBC: Can you tell us something about your book that would make me run out and buy it?

It WILL change the way you see the world. You will understand why you lost money on the last bubble, and why, if you persist in the same kind of thinking, you will lose more money in the next. You will understand why your relationship mindset works against you, and how you can change it to work for you instead. You will understand why you’ve often been puzzled by the success of others, who, in your highly programmed thinking, ought not be to be successful, and how you can now bring about your own victories. You will understand that you can do this without expensive make-overs or any type of ‘fixing.’

A&RBC: Are there any messages in this book that you want the reader to know about?

It is my dearest wish that my readers really, really get to understand the power they have within. A lot of this is programmed out by what we are taught, how we are taught, and what we are made to believe of this world. Life is a lot kinder than what our perfection-pushing thinking would have us believe, and much gentler about our imperfections, perceived or real. We are more forgiven, more accepted and more welcome to this existence than our custodians of thinking would have us believe. Success bursts out of this mindset like a medley of lit fireworks. Nothing can contain you. You become unstoppable.

A&RBC: What was your most favorite chapter to write and why?

The chapter on the Power of Personal Congruence must be my favourite, and has drawn the strongest reactions for my readers. Emotional reaction. The reason for this, I believe, is that it brings together everything discussed in the book. The reader, has, up until this point, been on an epic journey, past Wallis Simpson’s improbable love life, the meteoritic success of a ‘third world’ Forbes listed billionaire (who once drove shabby taxis to make ends meet), the elegant theories of Nicholas Bohr, the significance of the quest for perfect white teeth, Isaac Newton and the Brontë  sisters’ colossal financial blunders as well as the intricacies of  a duvet cover that does not get tangled up with socks in a washing machine… all in an effort to understand the human brain’s mindset towards success.

The Power of Personal Congruence brings it all together to reveal the single common denominator behind the new wave of personal success stories cropping up all over the globe.

 A&RBC: Why did you feel you had to write this book?

About ten years ago when I still lived in London I, quite by mistake, started to mentor people, young and old, on how to launch careers in the lucrative Computer Networking Systems industry I worked in. A pattern began to emerge. With no change in actual circumstances, they, including some who’d been totally unable to get work, even with good qualifications, all started to ace entry exams and interviews, wow employers and go on to do spectacularly well in their new careers.  The shift worked just as well with those in other careers, and its effects extended to other areas of their lives. These people were becoming successful. Yet, nothing tangible about them had changed. Nothing but their thinking. Not just positive thinking; this was a fundamental deep-from-the-roots complete overhaul of the way they worked their brains. This book is an invitation to the thinking that has changed lives.

A&RBC:  Now, some fun questions – What deep dark secret would you like to share with us?

It’s in the book! 😀

A&RBC: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I’d love to visit the Namib Desert. Just so I can stand and marvel at the vastness. That sort of thing can do things to one’s brain…good things! The name Namib means ‘vast place,’ so perhaps I can experience some kind of existential moment!

A&RBC: Are you a morning person or a night person?

Very much a night person! I can write all night, way into the dawn of the next day, but can never muster the will to wake up early to write, even when I’ve been to bed early the night before.

A&RBC: Are there any members in your family who also like to write?

My younger sister is an Intellectual Property expert and a prolific author of academic material. She’s always writing.

A&RBC: As a child, were you a dreamer?

Absolutely. I got me into a lot of trouble, and I am saddened at just how successfully it was beaten out of me (my teachers were NOT nice!).

A&RBC: Last but not least, the magic genie has granted you one wish.  What would that be?

Oh, do go ahead and chuckle at this one…world peace. For once, I agree with every coached beauty pageant contestant out there.

A&RBC: Thank you so much for this interview! Do you have any final words?

Thank you for your time. I do hope your readership find the time to read my book, and let me know how it’s changed them!


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