Waila Reads: Tomorrow Died Yesterday

In January while I was in Nigeria I went book shopping. The Nigerian literary scene is pretty vibrant at the moment and I was keen to discover new authors. There were three books I was particularly interested in but while I was in the store, I stumbled on a book by an author called Chimeka Garricks. If I’m honest, the book looked like a QC literature text. The quality of the paper and cover, typography and layout of the print was less than impressive. The synopsis got my attention though. The story is set in the Niger Delta and tackles the world famous issues surrounding oil and kidnapping in the region, using the lives of four young men as a platform.  As a full blooded child of the Niger Delta, I was interested to read what the author had to say.

That said, I put off reading the book for as long as I could because it really is very unattractive and looks like a drag. One day when I had nothing else to read, I decided to give it a chance. I’ve been playing it cool and holding back on my opinions on my recommendations but I have to quell my resolve and tell you that this book is genius! It is brilliantly written… the plot was well researched, artfully constructed and delivered with truck loads of verve. What really struck me about this book was how powerful the dialogue was. You’ll notice from my blog posts that I tend to lean quite heavily on dialogue when story telling. It is very difficult to keep sustained dialogue punchy and captivating but Chimeka Garricks does it flawlessly.

I was in two minds about recommending this book because if you don’t live in Nigeria, I’m not sure how you can get your hands on a copy. I’ve scoured the internet but no online retailers or bookstores in the UK (or US) seems to stock it. I’m trying to get my hands on a copy or two to give away and as soon as they arrive, I’ll let you know what you need to do to get your hands on them.

If anyone has read this book, I’d love to know what you thought about it. To the rest of you, happy reading…if you can find it!

xxx

Waila

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25 comments

  1. hmmn…Very curious as to what needs to be done to lay my hands on a copy.
    I liked ‘You just don’t do that’, good job.

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  2. hmmm.

    I think we can look out for him on facebook and ask him if he has stockist in london. i am sure he would do. they always do.

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  3. below email from paperworth the book publisher

    Hello Ruth,

    How lovely to find that our book is demanded in the UK.

    I don’t have stockist of the book in London yet but am discussing with someone at the moment. However, I can easily arrange for a few copies to reach you. How many would you like and when do you want them buy? They’d cost about £10 each excluding the posting within the UK.

    Do let me know.
    Thanks and kind regards,
    Ibiso

    PS: how did you hear about the book?
    Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

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  4. I won’t even get started on how amazing this book is cos i could be here all year. A must read!!!!!

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  5. lol@gbao..

    Waila, let me know how many copy i should request. I only need one. I will read and pass to hubby. I am sure he will enjoy it more than me.

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  6. Ok. I am calling all my naija connects today to see who can get a copy for me. The other 2 recommendations were awesome so I am definitely looking forward to this one.

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  7. The book is absolute genius…well researched, crisp lines, excellent and vivid dialogue, well developed characters. Must add that there couldn’t have been a better way to forge a personal relationship between each of the characters and the reader than the first person narrative adopted (for each of the characters) by the author. Chiemeka Garricks…hmmn…what else can I say.

    My issues are with the publisher…the poor quality of print, myriad typos, the completely non-existent publicity and actual availability via distribution channels. Even in Nigeria, those I recommended the book to have not been able to lay their hands on a copy.

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  8. Tomorrow Died Yesterday is such an amazing book. Its written in such a way that the lines of fiction gradually become so thin that at some point you are decieved into thinking that the story is a part of your own past, wedged permanently in your memory. Absolutely brilliant!!!

    At the moment, the book can be found at all Silverbird Galleria bookshops (Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja) and Terraculture on Tiamiyu Savage V.I. If you can get your hands on a copy, it will most certainly be worth the read!!

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  9. @Jekwu: I totally and completely agree with you. I can’t wait for Garricks to get the recognition he deserves!
    @Mia: Thanks. Now all of you in Nigeria have no excuse for not reading the book 🙂
    @Anonymous: We both know that I know who you are so why you have declared yourself anonymous, I know not! Lol.

    My copy of this book is currently in circulation and there’s a waiting list. May it return to me in one piece.

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  10. I had to come back to post about the awesomeness of this book. My friend got a copy for me from some book shop in silverbird (if you are in naij and you need to find it). This book is so amazing. Kaniye has to be my favorite character, dude is just too suave 🙂

    Anyways would love to see more from this author, definitely keeping him on my radar.

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  11. Just started reading this book and I must say its a very gripping read. Cant wait to get home and continue.

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  12. It was stressful looking for a book for my project work. Finally am glad dat i was opportuned to lay my hand on this book written by a genius. Well done Chimeka Garricks. I look forward to another work from you.

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  13. I went to Nigeria last month and was lucky to be in Port Harcourt during the Garden City book festival. I met Chimeka and because I already knew him from Uni, I thought “what the heck, I should support a brother and buy his book”. And so I did and oh my goodness, I cant get over how amazing it was to read! I have to admit that at first, I wasnt too keen to read it and kept putting it off like Walia said but dang! This was a really good first time effort.

    Definitely a must read for any Nigerian who is somehow a part of, curious about, or familiar with the region where Chimeka locates his characters. I felt completely at home wt the whole story. Well done, Chimeka!!

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  14. I am pleased to share that this book -Tomorrow died yesterday by Chimeka Garricks is now available on amazon kindle. So, please all smart phone and tablet users, read it and share your thoughts with us. I still think the book is phenomenal!

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  15. Its so sad that ‘tomorrow died yesterday’ by chimeka garricks is not as popular as the books of some new nigerian writers like chimamanda adichie,but his book stands even taller than some very popular books. Very insightful I must say,like you it took a while for me to read it, it was given me as a gift… I entered that book and mehn! I couldn’t just leave it. I am a final year student studying literature and I am on my final exams,tomorrow i have a paper titled nigerian writer and I am most definitely using ‘tomorrow died yesterday’, I know my lecturer has never seen it or even read but by the time I am done,he will look for the book or probably ask me for my copy which I won’t give him. *smiles* thanks.

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  16. I cant remember the last time i enjoyed a bookk like i did this. It is amazing. I am from the Northern part of the country, so I had only a faint idea of what is actually happening in the Niger Delta. But this books tells you alot.

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