UPDATED: Full Chapter by Chapter Summary of the Novel The Life Changer by Khadija

2021 JAMB Novel The Life Changer Chapter by Chapter Summary | PDF

The Joint Admission Matriculation Board, JAMB disclosed to all candidates who will be sitting for the 2021 UTME examination that they will be tested on a Use of English Novel titled “The Life Changer by Khadija Abubakar Jalli”.

The The Life Changer by Khadija .A. Jalli for JAMB [PDF Download] is a novel that changes the narrative of life in campus.

Laced with underlying optimism, the book upholds the tenets of hope and redemption in the lives of our youth.

The story follows the escapades of Salma and her roommates in the university as a swim in the turbulent and seamy tides of the academia.

2021 JAMB Novel The Life Changer Comprehensive & Concise Chapter by Chapter Summary


Khadija AbubakarJalli holds a Bachelor of Science(Mathematics) Education degree. she is an entrepreneur and the CEO of the She’s Boutique Afrique. She is happily married with children.


Khadija Abubakar Jalli’s ” The Life Changer” is a debut novel that explores the narrative of life realities at the Nigeria University campus; the freedom of dressing, way of life, and attitudes towards life. It also explores the good, the bad, and the unthinkable aspects of human characters especially in response to freedom.

Furthermore, the novel is laced with the underlying optimism towards hope and redemption of life in the present youth through its embedded narrative that details Salma and her roommate’s escapades in the university as they glide in the turbulent and seamy sides of academia.

The story begins with Bint, a five-year-old girl and the darling of the Ahmed family narrating her classroom encounter with their meddlesome social studies teacher; Mallam Salihu. Mallam Salihu who seems to believe he understood every little bit about every subject was somewhat ridiculed when Bint who had answered his question on how to say ” Good Morning” in French asked him to say “That is very good” in French. Mallam Salihu was unable to answer the question but with the help of the French mistress, this made him leave Bint’s class and never returned till after the break Of course, Bint’s courage to ask a teacher a question he couldn’t answer was appreciated by her classmates. While she recounts her tales to her older siblings, their mother whim they are used to her impromptu barging into their room as tactics she uses to keep them on their toes on issues of personal hygiene came in and joined their what sounds like an interesting story. She however put them in the right perspective not to mock Mallam Salihu but rather celebrates his humility to accept that he doesn’t have an answer to her question and calls the French Mistress to their aid.

Omar’s arrival changed the conversation. Omar has just been admitted into Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria to study Law. This good news calls for celebration. Omar had been a precocious child and his outstanding success in both his SSCE; which he described his achievement as “no means a small feat”, and JAMB gave his mother the need to explain and shares her experiences at the university and how she responded to them. Some of these life experiences were hers while many are through Salma’s and her roommate’s embedded story.

Ummi tells her son that admission into the university is a life changer. She recounts how she left Lafayette to the university after agreeing to her father’s condition that she must be married before she graduated but luckily for her, her husband agreed to marry her before she went for registration at the university and this calls for a double celebration for her and the entire community.

At the University, Ummi and many other students were in a queue at the Faculty registration office. The lecturer in charge had taken ages to commence the exercise.

Then Salma, a fair-complexioned girl, tall and slim in tight—fitting clothes had only arrived at the venue barely fifteen began to grumble about the ineptitude of the registration officer, the University lecturers having previously had an awful occurrence from her previous university where she was expelled from the school for the offense of examination malpractice. While she was grumbling, a young man politely addressed her to be calm that others have come earlier than her yet they remained calm in the queue but Salma wouldn’t refrain from saying spiteful things about university officials.

However, the twist of all happened when a Janitor emerged from the office and handed the keys to the office to the young man who had engaged Salma and the turnout became a discomfiting moment for her. The faculty registration commenced and in a short time, Ummi was through and she proceeded to the department for her matriculation number. At the department, Ummi was shocked to see that the departmental head, Dr. Samuel Johnson was a young man, he had a tribal mark that gave him away to either be an lgala or a Yoruba man, the crucifix That dangles across his chest from his necklace is an indication that his religious ideology is Christianity. His hospitable gestures towards Ummi who is still filled with all derogatory allegations Salma talked about university lecturers made her uncomfortable. She later learned from her husband that Mr. Samuel Johnson was the one who assisted him with her admission into the university.

Furthermore, Ummi recounts the story of “the quiet one” alongside more unfolding tales about Salma and her roommates to admonished her children especially Omar who is now a university undergraduate.

The moral from the story of the quiet one is for her son not to trust anyone because it is impossible to be certain of people especially to the fact that looks could be deceptive. For Salma’s story, the children learned to be careful of whom they make as friends. She admonished them to avoid friends that can lure them into cultism or those who could engage them in Emal (examination Malpractice).

2021 UTME Novel he Life Changer by Khadija Abubakar Jalli 23 Characterization Summary

1. Ummi Ahmed

Ummi Ahmed is the main character and the narrator of all the embedded stories in the novel; “The Life Changer”. She got married to Mr. Ahmed before she proceeded to the university as fulfilling her father’s condition for her to get a university education. She is a teacher and a mother of Four children; Omar, Teemah, Jemila, and Bint.

2. Bint

She is 5 years old and the darling of the Ahmed family. She is a brilliant and very inquisitive child. She boldly answered Mallam Salihu’s question in French but in return asked him a question that he couldn’t answer. This somewhat embarrassed Mallam Salihu out of her class.

3. Mallam Salihu

He is a meddlesome social studies teacher in Bint’s school. He believed he has a little bit of knowledge of every subject especially French but he was somewhat ridiculed in Bint’s class when she asked him a question in French and he couldn’t give an answer.

4. Jemila

Jemila is the third child and the second daughter of the Ahmed family.

5. Teemah

She is the second child and the first daughter of the Ahmed family.

6. Omar

Omar is Ummi’s first child and the only son. He is eighteen years old. He is always decently dressed and clean. He described his SSCE as outstanding performance as ” by no means a small feat”. He also passed his JAMB and gained admission into Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria to study Law.

7. Talle

He is named Talle because his mother died shortly after his birth. However, he is called the “quiet one” because of his quiet nature even as a child. He is born and bred in Lafayette. The ghastly car accident that claimed his father’s and stepmom’s life when he was barely twenty years old compounded his state that he withdrew completely to himself. He conspires with Zaki to kidnap a young boy to extort his father. Talle and Zaki were sentenced to some year imprisonment with hard labor.

8. Salma

Salma is a fair-complexioned girl, tall, slim and busty. She was expelled in 400|evel from her former school on the offense of Examination malpractice.

9. Tomiwa

Tomiwa is a Muslim girl from the west, lbadan to be precise. Tomiwa is the brightest and the cleanest in her room. She abreast herself with the latest information in the entertainment industry because of her ambition to become a singer. She also knows the latest and the craziest fashion outfit. She dates Honorable Habib.

10. Ada

Ada is from Benue but insists that people call her place birth Middle belt. She is also Salma’s roommate at Queen Amina Hostel.

11. Ngozi

Ngozi is Salma’s roommate who is from Umunze in lmo state and she is very a quiet and reticent person. She is always reserved and withdrawn but she is generous to a fault. She will never cook for herself alone.

12. Habib

Habib is a politician. He and his friend, Labara met Salma at Kwangila and offers to give her a ride to the University campus.

13. Labaran

Labaran is Honourable Habib’s childhood friend and his driver. They grew up together but when Habib chooses education he chose to go to a driving school. He sometimes supports his friend before he became a politician with the little he earned as a driver at the local government and to pay back for his kindness, Habib made him his driver when he became a politician.

14. Zaki

Zaki is the brain behind the idea to kidnap his friend’s son and extort him as well. He involved Talle in his evil plan because Talle needs money and involving in the kidnapping seems to be a way to get some money.

15. Dr. Samuel Johnson

Dr. Samuel Johnson is a young lecturer. He has a tribal mark that almost confused him to be an lgala or a Yoruba man. He is the HOD at Ummi’s Department and a very dear friend to Ummi’s husband. He also assisted Ummi to gain admission into the university.

16. Dr. Dabo

Dr. Dabo is a very discipline lecturer and he has never engaged himself in any form of underhandedness with any female students. He has a track record of treating his students Justly. He is never last for lectures and his lecture rule is simple” Don’t come in after me”.

17. Hakimi:

He is the district head of the Lafayette community. The police apprehended Talle in his palace.

18. Kolawole Abdul

He is Salma’s coursemate and out of pressure from Salma when they were writing their last paper, Moral Philosophy, he scribbled out some code to the answer and gave it to Salma. He is brilliant and very smart. He was implicated by Salma at the Exam malpractice and Ethic Penal that he was also expelled from the University

19. Mohammad Kabir

Mohammad Kabir was employed as the Dr Kabir who is an impostor. He is not even a lecturer at the University let alone the chairman of the EMEC.

20. Lawal

He is Salim’s friend who refused to accompany him to meet his new social media lover; the Fulani girll who turned out to be completely different from the looks on the displayed picture on her profile.

21 Natasha

She is the girl that Salim met on a social media platform.

22. Kartagi

He is the leader of the gambling group where Mohammad Kabir gambled and won three hundred thousand naira.

23. Gumusu

Gumusu is the thug that was sent after Kabir by Kartagi after he won three hundred thousand naira from his gambling group.

1. The Life Changer Chapter One – Comprehensive and Concise Summary

Bint, a five-year-old girl and also the darling of the Ahmed Family narrates her encounter with her importunate social studies teacher; Mallam Salihu who often believes he knows every little bit about every subject to her siblings. He was however somewhat ridiculed when Bint answered his question on how to say “good morning” in French asked him to say “that is very good” in French. Mallam Salihu’s inability to interpret” that is very good” in French causes him to leave Bint’s class and never return till after break While she and her siblings were giggling about her story, their mother barged into their
room to join their conversation. She then encourages them not to mock Mallam Salihu but celebrate his humility to accept his cluelessness by seeking the French mistress assistance to answer Bint’s question.

Omar’s arrival with the news of his admission into Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria to study Law changed their conversation to a more torrent flow of thoughts on life issues that concerns Ummi’s children, especially to Omar who had just gained admission to study Law.

2. The Life Changer Chapter Two – Comprehensive and Concise Summary

This chapter recounts how Ummi gained admission into the university has agreed to her father’s condition to be married before graduation. But her husband decided to marry her even before she proceeded to university. She recounts how she met Salma and how she embarrassed herself for saying spiteful things about the University official at the faculty registration office. Ummi’s gave an unwelcomed gesture towards Dr Samuel Johnson’s hospitality when she visited his office to get her matriculation number. She later learned from her husband that Dr Samuel Johnson was a good friend of his and the one who help him to sort her admission out at the University. Ummi felt bad and request that her husband visit Dr Samuel Johnson to tender an apology on her behalf.

3. The Life Changer Chapter Three – Comprehensive and Concise Summary

In chapter three, Ummi tells the tales of the quiet one to admonish her children especially Omar, her first child, and the only son who had just gained admission into the university. Talle is born and bred in Lafayette, the circumstances that surround his birth were known by all citizens of the community. Talle lost his mother shortly after his birth and he was barely twenty years old before he lost his father and stepmom in a ghastly car accident. This incident compounded his state that he withdrew completely to himself. Talle became so lonely that he dedicated his zeal to his work at the local government office where he served as a driver. But one day, things take a dramatic twist for him as people in the grocery store where he gets foodstuffs noticed that his purchase has increased from the normal he usually buys and knowing that he has no one that stays with made the grocer calls the attention of the District head, Hakimi, that Talle now buys more than he can consume in a week in days. Hakimi summoned Talle to the palace for some questioning.

However, Talle’s inability to answer a simple question gave him away to be guilty of something that no one had any idea of. While this was ongoing at Hakimi’s palace, the police arrived at the Hakimi’s palace with some military escorts as well. They told Hakimi that Talle, one of his subjects is involved in kidnapping, armed robbery and extortion. Talle was arrested and he took the police to his house where he hid his victim. He and Zaki were sentenced to some years of imprisonment with hard work.

4. The Life Changer Chapter Four – Comprehensive and Concise Summary

This chapter recounts Salma’s story of how she got into the university when she was barely twenty years of age. Her encounter with Dr Dabo who is the then 100 level coordinator is significant to this chapter.

Dr Dabo is a very discipline lecturer and he has never engaged himself in any form of underhandedness with any female students. He has a track record of treating his students Justly. He is never late for lectures and his lecture rule is simple” Don’t come in after me”. But as Salma appeared radiantly gorgeous to his office he threw cautions away and didn’t know when he requests that she should befriend him intimately. Salma rejects his request immediately and this made him feel so bad that he repented and vow never to lose guard again. Salma got the most famous Queen Amina Hall. At first, she didn’t like her roommates; Tomiwa, Ngozi and Ada. She hates the idea that she could not choose whom to be her roommate but later got along faultlessly with them that they lived like sisters.Salma met Habib and Labaran at Kwangila one evening when she was returning back from home. They offer to give her a ride to the school campus and when they dropped her off, Salma told them her name is Tomiwa and also gave them Tomiwa’s number.

5. The Life Changer Chapter Five – Comprehensive and Concise Summary

The next day at 8 pm, Habib called Tomiwa to inform her that they are parked at the front of her hostel and requests that she comes out so they could hang out. Tomiwa decided to feed her curiosity as she stepped out of her hostel to meet Habib. However, Habib was smart enough to know that Tomiwa was not the lady he gave a ride to the previous night. Tomiwa confirmed his guesses and realize that Salma gave them Tomiwa’s contact. Habib sent Labaran to get some provision and Suya for them to eat and also gave fifty thousand naira to her and asked her to give her roommate Ten thousand naira each while she keeps the remaining twenty thousand naira. Tomiwa was wowed and when she returned to the hostel with the money and a lot of goodies. She and her roommate began to ululate and scream forjoy as they savoured the chicken suya she brought. Salma became slightlyjealous that almost degenerated into a rift between her and Tomiwa but for Ada and Ngozi intervention the matter soon became a
forgotten issue.

Habib and Labaran are childhood friends. While Habib chose education, Labaran decided to go to a driving school and being a good friend, he sometimes supports Habib with some little fund from his earnings as a driver at the local government. But when Habib became a politician he appointed his friend as his driver to pay back his sometimes support in the past.

6. The Life Changer Chapter Six – Comprehensive and Concise Summary

School routine had resumed and the girls are in their final year. It is very interesting to note that despite the four girls involvement with men, they never allow their studies to suffer for it. They are at the top of their game, that they are all to graduate with a second class upper degree even though they are studying a different course. Unfortunately for Salma, Moral philosophy that is one of the easiest course and easy to pass happens to be a difficult course for her. She like other students didn’t attend classes for this course since it a general course. However, she attends the tutorial a day before the exam because for some years the lecturer in charge of the course has been foolishly repeating questions with minimal changes so Salma studied the past paper and went in for an exam. To her ruin, when questions were served by the invigilator, Salma realized that she was the only one who is not writing because the lecturer had cut short her expectations. After a while, she began to badger the person who seated next to her, Kolawole Abdul for assistance. He resisted for a while but later conceded and scribble some code response to the first two questions. But as Salma was busy copying from the notes of salvation, the female invigilator was amazed at her sudden inspiration to write after she had stayed more than thirty minutes without writing. She quietly walked behind her and saw where she was writing from for some minutes before she called her attention and that of the security man outside the hall. Salma was compelled to sign the EMAL form and Kola and the next female student sitting next to on the other side were made to sign as witnesses. Sadly for Kola, Salma implicated him when she was summoned to the panel and he was also expelled from the school.

7. The Life Changer Chapter Seven – Comprehensive and Concise Summary

This chapter recounts how Salma confided her friend, Tomiwa, how she thinks talking to Labaran to talk to Honourable Habib could influence anyone that matters to help her overcome her predicament. Unfortunately for her, the only influential person he knows that could help is Professor Dabo.

Salma felt so helpless to hear that the same Professor Dabo she insulted in her l00level when he requested to be his girlfriend the one that can help. She immediately and desperately pleaded that honourable Habib to give her some money to bribe the chairman of EMEC who she described could sell his mother’s soul for money. Honourable Habib agreed to give her some money but request that she gives him something in return. She yielded right in his office. After she got the money from Habib,
She prepared to meet with the Chairman of the EMEC in a hotel and gave only one hundred thousand naira to one Dr Mohammed Kabir as the Chairman of EMEC. She later discovered at the panel that she had been swindled by Dr Kabir who is an impostor. He is not even a lecturer at the University let alone the chairman of the EMEC.

8. The Life Changer Chapter Eight – Comprehensive and Concise Summary

This chapter summarises how Dr Mohammad Kabir got the appellation of a Doctor. It was a nickname given to him from secondary school. He was employed at the university as an L.T; Laboratory Technician but his friendliness got him intimacy with also all the people that mattered at the University.

After Salma cried to Labaran and narrated her ordeal of how she was bamboozled by an impostor. Labaran then engaged the service of Zaki to trail Mohammad Kabir and recovered a sum of three hundred thousand naira from himjust after he had a big win from gambling with the money he collected from Salma.

This chapter also shed light on whom employed the service of Zaki to Kidnap Alhaji Adamu’s son. It was Honourable Habib who instructed Zaki to deal with Alhaji Adamu by kidnapping his son and he fumbled by involving an inexperienced villager; Talle that almost cost him millions to cover up the case with the police and to get him and Talle released.

9. The Life Changer Chapter Nine – Comprehensive and Concise Summary

In chapter nine, Ummi recounts Salim; Salma’s fiance, experience with the usage of smartphones. A terrible experience that almost claimed his life. He met a girl named Natasha on one social media platform. The day they’ve planned to meet physically turn out to be a horrendous event. Salim agreed to visit her around right to nine in the evening since she claimed she would not be allowed to go out in the afternoon.
However, the turnout of their meeting made Salim realized that Natasha was bait used by kidnappers and arm robbers. He escaped the set trap by Natasha and her gangs divinely.

NOTE: In as much as we tend to provide the above short, complete, comprehensive and concise summary of the 2021 UTME Recommended Novel “The Life Changer by Khadija Abubakar Jalli”, Candidates are as well advised to bring out their time to read the full novel in-order to understand the summary above.

We have provided The Life Changer by Khadija .A. Jalli for JAMB [PDF Download], and also the Likely Questions to expect during the 2021 UTME Examination.

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