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Book Review: My Mind is no longer here by Ifedigbo Nze Sylva

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About Book

Four men from different corners of Nigerian society find their fates tied to one man: Yinka. Drawn by desperation to leave Nigeria, the men are drawn to Yinka – a self-styled consultant who acts as the front man for a powerful human trafficking syndicate. The men come from distinct corners of Nigeria’s society: Chidi and Donatus – two unemployed graduates; Haruna – a doctor who could not save his ailing mother; and Osahon – a fugitive seeking freedom from his past become entangled in Yinka’s world, as they seek a better life abroad.

‘My Mind Is No Longer Here’ tells the story of Chidi, Donatus, Haruna and Osahon – revealing their desperation that leads them to flee Nigeria. Osahon – a man who is haunted by a dark past, meets Donatus, a graduate obsessed with a single-minded resolve to be better than his father; Haruna, the doctor who could not save his mother and Chidi – an unemployed graduate who wants to become wealthy at any cost, find their worlds entangled with Yinka, the front man for ‘The Organisation’, Nigeria’s powerful drug and human trafficking syndicate. ‘My Mind Is No Longer Here’ is the story of a nation in the midst of decay, which leaves its citizens prey to unscrupulous vultures. This e-book reveals the story of men willing to risk it all in a bid to chase dreams which are beyond their reach.

Print length : 273 pages

Publisher : Bahati Books

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Book Review 

 

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Donatus took a deep breath. “Nne, uchem adirozi ebe’a. My Mind is no longer here, ” he said signaling that he did not.

I finished this book almost as quickly as I started it, it was a book I wanted to keep reading, it will keep you hooked till the very last page.
I got the book from Bahati books, in exchange for an honest review.
This book is an ‘inside lagos’ kind of book, that made you smile knowingly at things you have witnessed for yourself. The characters were so richly and realistically written that they will make you laugh, sad, wonder and feel just the way they felt. It was so easy to follow and understand their stories.
Donatus, Haruna, Osahon and Chidi, these four men have something in common, they want to leave the country, they have each suffered or gone through one agony or the other, which leave them with no option but to leave the country, as soon as possible.
With this common goal in mind, they meet with Yinka,  a man who has helped tons of people like them to leave the country, without any payment or fishy business.
Well, that was what I thought, until stories started unfolding, and the four men got to a point in their pursuit for a visa that they started to realise what they had signed up for, but by that time, there was no going back.
At a point, the story became a cliché, but the author did a really good job of keeping the characters going with activities in their lives.
My mind is no longer here, is a book you will find tiring at a point, drop it, then pick it up again, just because you are curious about the next stupid decision a character will make, or about the person who will eventually make the right decision.
One thing I absolutely love about this book, is the ending. It has been a while I read a book with an absolute fabulous and unexpected ending. Kudos to the author.
🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗4.5 stars to this book

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Books are my dearest companion in my alone days. And they will always be.

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