Martins, who grew up in Rio’s favelas and did not have any formal study, became a local role model with his debut book

Even after two hours of debate, students of Rio de Janeiro’s most exclusive university ignored the World Cup games playing on a nearby screen and queued in front of guest author Geovani Martins, who had just finished speaking, clutching copies of his debut book for signing.

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