Welcome to Memory Lane Mondays!
This is a weekly feature of unforgettable books I have read in times past which have not had the chance to be reviewed on this blog as I read them a long time ago. Lets’ call them my personal classics. I will be featuring a new favorite every week and I hope you will be interested to read and enjoy some as I have.
This week’s pick is….
‘Tomorrow Died Yesterday’ by Chimeka Garricks
This book was published in 2010, ten years ago and this year the publisher has reissued the book based on popular demand. This is the number 1 book on my favorite books of all time list because I absolutely love it. I have read this book every single year since it was published and this year will not be an exception. As a Nigerian, and someone from the oil rich Niger Delta region, this is a book that speaks to me on many levels as it perfectly captures the entirety of who we are and what it has been like being from this region. However, this is not a story about the Niger Delta struggle alone, but also about friendship, loyalty, love, redemption, forgiveness and integrity. The plot is tight, the characters are believable and relatable and the dialogue is exceptional. I think everyone especially Nigerians should read this book and it would educate, entertain and tug at your heart strings. If you are yet to read it, please do and thank me later. Highly recommended.
Its 2004 Port Harcourt, Nigeria at the height of the kidnap of oil workers in the Niger delta, a kidnapping goes awry and four lives are reconnected. Douye aka Doughboy the career militant responsible for the crime. Amaibi the gentle university professor / eco-warrior accused. Kaniye the lawyer turned restaurateur who tries to get him off and Tubo an amoral oil company executive. Against a backdrop of corrupt practises, failed systems and injustice, these four friends tell the story of oil in a region and its effects on local communities and the Nigerian larger society.
Chimeka Garricks is a writer, editor and lawyer. He was born in Dublin and was raised in Port Harcourt. His writing includes his critically acclaimed debut novel, ‘Tomorrow Died Yesterday’, published in 2010. ‘A Broken People’s Playlist’, a collection of short stories, is his second book. He lives in Lagos with his wife, Biyai, and their three children.
Published: 2010 by Paperworth Books
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