I Love Books: ‘Fine Boys’ by Eghosa Imasuen.

5 Reasons to read ‘Fine Boys’ by Eghosa Imasuen:

-It was one of the first books I read on the Okadabooks app years ago and I kept thinking about the story for years. I re-read it during the festive season and I wasn’t disappointed.

-It’s a story about Ewaen, a young man from Benin City, Edo State who gains admission into the University of Benin to study medicine in the early 1990s. Nigeria at the time was plagued with political upheaval and an unstable university system that dealt with challenges such as poor infrastructure, prolonged strikes by academic staff and cultism. ‘Fine Boys’ follows Ewaen and friends as they navigate all of these obstacles.

-It also highlights Ewaen’s family life, with his younger twin brother and sister, and parents who are always at loggerheads.

-It is a very Nigerian story in a good way-I found a lot of things familiar: colloqualisms, descriptions of Benin City, student life in Nigerian public universities, the dual feelings of hope and despair.

-It’s written in such a way that I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next; would recommend.

I read the ebook on the Okadabooks app but I have also spotted it in hardcopy in bookshops (I may get one for myself. Yes, I’m that person).

Ivie M. Eke 2022.

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