The Life Changer by Khadija Abubakar | All About the Book

The Life Changer by Khadija Abubakar Jalli is the UTME/DE new novel for 2023/2024. Despite your area of study you still need to read it. So, it is for all the JAMB candidates.  But what is The Life Changer all about? In this article, I will tell you all you need to know about the JAMB new novel and the author, Khadija Abubakar Jalli. In other words, I will answer different questions here. Keep reading!

What is the Life Changer all about in Summary – plot

The Life Changer is a novel that changes the narrative of life on campus.  intertwined with underlying optimism, the book upholds the tenets of hope and redemption in the lives of our youth.

The story narrates the adventurous act of Salma and her roommates in Kongo Campus of Ahmadu Bello University as a swim in the turbulent and seamy tides of the academia. Salma and her roommates were majorly used to showcase the University world. However, Salma still remains the predominant character.

The Life Changer is Khadija Abubakar Jalli’s first publication in which she opines that the female voice is making a rebound on the parapet of African literary scene.


About the Author: Khadija Abubakar Jalli

Who is Khadija Abubakar Jalli? kadija Abubakar Jalli is the author of the The Life Changer. She holds a B.Sc (Ed) Mathematics degree, an entrepreneur and CEO of Boutique Afrique. She is married with children.

The Life Changer is Khadija Abubakar Jalli’s first publication. It is her first appearance in the books publication industry in which she opines that the female voice is making a rebound on the parapet of African literary scene.

Now, there are few other elements which you should know about this novel.

Elements in The Life Changer by Khadija Abubakar Jalli

1. Mood

The mood of the the author of The Life Changer is that of hope. The book keeps alive the tenets of hope and redemption in the lives of youths.

2. Tone

The tone in the novel is that of optimism.

3. Structure

The book is structured in chapters and paragraphs. It has 9 chapters and 79 pages. Each chapter has about 3,000 to 5,000 words.

4. Language

The language of the novel is English language. Currently, it has not been translated to any other language. However, with the help of Google translate app one can read it in any language of his choice.

5. Diction/Choice of words

The choice of words in the novel is not that simple as some words in the novel are not easy to understand. Examples of such words as used in the novel are:

  • Meddlesome
  • Didactic
  • Spontaneity
  • Animated
  • Ululated
  • Belligerent
  • Bickering
  • Balefully remark
  • Intelligentsia
  • Mirthful
  • Chuckle
  • Chortle
  • Surreptitiously (all gotten from chapter one).

From the few list of words above, it is evident that the novel is not easy for everyone to understand. However, the best way to understand it and also develop your vocabulary is to make use of English dictionary.

6. Setting: Time and Place

The setting of the novel is Kongo Campus of Ahmadu Bello University. It explores life in the University. From the narrative, the place actually exists.

In regards with the time of the story, it is a contemporary happening. In other words, Khadija wrote a fictional story which happened within the last 10 years ago. I wrote extensively on the setting of The Life Changer by Khadija Abubakar Jalli. You can read more about it there and see the trace-back.

7. Theme/subject matter

The subject matter (major theme) in the Life Changer is “University as the life changer“. The title of the book was coiled from the statement of Ummi when she told her son Omar that the University a Life Changer. Read more about the themes.

8. Characterization

Khadija uses imaginary characters in his work as none of them existed in real life. With her literary prowess, she endowed each character with the best quality which will help him/her play her role to the fullest.

She also uses both minor and major characters to endow her fictional work with real life situations. 

Furthermore, she uses Ummi as the narrator, Salma as the protagonist and Salma’s weaknesses as the antagonist.

In The Life Changer by Khadija Abubakar Jalli, nobody antagonized Salma physically, rather Salma’s qualities served as the antagonist. One of the qualities of Salma in the novel is pride. It made her face some failures and misfortunes and that is the antagonist in the novel.

Last Words – About The Life Changer

All these elements above are evident in Khadija Abubakar Jalli’s work. Just like I mentioned before, every book has its own elements and all readers need to do is to identify them.

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