Chimeka Garricks with koko kalango

Reading With Chimeka Garricks

Port Harcourt residents turned up in their numbers to support one of their own; Chimeka Garricks, a self professed‘Port Harcourt boy’ and author of ‘Tomorrow Died Yesterday’. Garricks debut novel is was the Rainbow Book Club book-of-the-month for March . The Reading held on Saturday 26thMarch2011 at Le Meridien Hotel, Ogeyi Place.

The main theme of ‘Tomorrow Died Yesterday’, militancy and kidnapping, is one that is close to home for Port Harcourt residents, so from the onset one knew it was going to be a lively discussion.  Garricks in his book captures this theme with such vivid details that the audience found it hard to believe that it was purely a work of fiction, he had to continually reassure us that he was neither a militant nor did he have any dealings with them.

Growing up as an only child and with strict parents that never let him go out and play with the neighborhood children, Chimeka had to find other ways of entertaining himself and this was the origin of his wild and very creative imagination.
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The first chapter opens with a kidnap in progress, the year is 2003 and Doughboy the leader of the militants narrates the events as they unfold, we are then introduced to the other three main characters, Tubo, Kainye and Amaibi. The four are childhood friends whose lives take them on different paths, only to bring them together again in an intriquing drama.

Doye aka Doughboy, the product of a broken home with an abusive and alcoholic father, turns to militancy when his attempts at getting a regular job are frustrated. Turbo, a dubious employee with an oil company, exploits his position to enrich himself. Kainye, a lawyer by profession and chef by choice who meets his match in Deola, a born again Christian doctor and his love interest.   Amaibi is the environmental crusader, who earns himself some powerful enemies. Tomorrow died yesterday has such a variety of stories within the main story yet the author merges them almost seamlessly.

The reading, which was moderated by Mrs. Amie Georgewill, a lawyer and member of the book club, held from 4pm to 6pm but would have gone on for much longer if the audience had had their way.

Mrs. Koko Kalango, founder of the Rainbow Book Club gave a few closing remarks in which she announced that the book club would review Wale Okediran’s Tenants of the House next month.

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