Fine Boys

By Eghosa Imasuen | Publisher: Farafina (Nigeria) | Reviewed by: Olatoun Williams |
Published by Farafina, an imprint of Kachifo Limited, "Fine Boys" is the second novel of medical doctor turned author and publisher, Eghosa Imasuen. We hear student voices almost exclusively in 'Fine Boys' making it a seminal novel in the canon of Nigerian literature. What will hit the reader hard is not only the story but the structural landscape of the University of Benin and the harsh economic realities faced daily by students. Imasuen's evocation of the hallmarks of tertiary education in 1980s and 1990s Nigeria, is a rich one, brimming with authenticity.

With fast-paced, action-packed clarity, he brings to life the inadequate or non-existent infrastructures; the failure of authorities to provide welfare packages for angry staff and students; the frequent staff strikes and the redundancy of students languishing at home on interminable "holidays". Back at university, we see students ambushed by gangs and the gang wars which were the scourge of tertiary education institutions in 1980s and 1990s Nigeria.

How was a medical doctor and an alumnus of the University of Benin able to translate harsh truth into rich fiction without falling into the trap of 'scientific' documentary? Eghosa Imasuen is a natural story-teller as my conversation with him reveals. Join us!

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