On a random day, I scrolled through my Instagram and realized rovingbookworm was giving away copies of Tomorrow Died Yesterday. I quickly had to make sure I met the requirements, eventually won the give away and was excited because my friend, Aeesha of thatothernigeriangirl raved about Tomorrow Died Yesterday.
After all, a storyteller doesn’t have to fully understand his stories, he just has to tell them
Four characters; Doye, Kanye, Amaibi, And Tubo grew up at Asaima town, each with a budding personality, their friendship waxed until adulthood settled in like a dew on their bond. Despite their diminished bond, they are still aware of each other. As they all strive to excel in their adult spaces, they are reunited by a kidnap. A worker at Tubo’s workplace (Imperial Oil) is kidnapped by Doye (Dougboy), Amaibi who was a lecturer at the University as well as an environmental activist was contacted to be the middle man and the person to deliver the ransom. Things go awry when the imperial oil worker Doughboy kidnapped dies. Amaibi is arrested for being an accomplice in the death of Manning, while Doughboy (the untouchable, fearless kidnapper) was at large. Kaniye a lawyer turned restaurateur is persuaded to represent his friend Amaibi at the court of law.
Tomorrow Died Yesterday is divided into five parts, the present and past are alternated in these parts. While the present parts divulged information about what each character became, we pluck memories from the past to add flesh to the present on goings.
Each character, unique, imperfect but representation of various people in the society. We see how and the progression of various characters, their background, foundation and thinks that ultimately shaped them.
From kidnapping, Niger Delta Crisis, environmental issues, Nigeria, Corruption, tribalism, relationship with God, Tomorrow Died Yesterday touched a lot of concepts.
I love Tomorrow Died Yesterday. Gosh!
There were so many things that did it for me in Tomorrow Died Yesterday. First, each chapter was narrated by different characters (While thinking about this, one should relate these different perspectives to tediousness but it was beautifully narrated by four main characters and another), The process of reading the book was beautiful, it was not about the beginning or end, it was about the journey, the story telling.
I love how the conversation around relationship with God was not hypocritical.
The kidnap served as a bond that seemingly brought these people together.
I enjoyed the introduction of Deola, I think it was a brilliant idea for Deola to be part of the story.
However, I spotted few typos here and there but that did not mar the reading experience for me
Tomorrow Died Yesterday is such a phenomenal book, the usual boring court case was intriguingly told. The book made me think, research, made me laugh, it got me teary eyed. There were some gruesome parts in Tomorrow Died Yesterday that ordinarily would have built up into creating a stereotypes but I love what the author did with this book
SHOULD I READ?
Please read this book if you are yet to read it. Yes, it is that good. It is a 4.5/5 for me!!!
Title: Tomorrow Died Yesterday
Author: Chimeka Garricks
Publisher: Paperworth Books
Pages: 322 pages
Its 2004 Port Harcourt 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.