About the book.
The book, Warri Nor Dey Carry Last, is a literal representation of the Nigerian society, humorously bringing to the fore our contributions to the moral decadence plaguing us as a people.
Okiemute, the protagonist, happens to be the scapegoat representing all of us.
The major societal ills the author highlights in the book is our knack for breaking rules, tribal supremacy and generalisations, deception, abuse of emotions, and compassion of others, amongst others.
Okiemute got to Lagos, and on his first trip in a public bus, he stole. Instead of being remorseful for such a shameful act, he called it ‘smartness’, claiming to be showing Lagosians that they were still learning how to commit crimes as compared to their ‘Waffi’ counterparts.
He got the job at Furlong Technologies and signed without any reservations about the rules and working conditions governing the day-to-day operations in the company. Meanwhile, he had no plan to abide by the rules. This is how Nigerians take jobs with low pay without complaining, and then start looking for illegal means to augment the low salary.
Thereafter, he also masterminded the breaking of traffic rules when he was helped by a commuter.
Again, he showed compassion on the gardener and helped him with cash, not knowing that himself was being played by another ‘smart’ Nigerian.
The arguments the boys faced in their official lodge were needless if not for the deep tribal hatred and a battle of supremacy we fight daily in our hearts which only gets expression when the needs arise.
The author also touched the police brutality. Though the book was published before the infamous #Endsars protest, this gives credence to the argument that the menace of police brutality has been ongoing before it finally climaxed in October 2020 nationwide protest.
Summarily, Warri Nor Dey Carry Last is a detailed reflection of what we have become as a people. This simply means, for us to change the present state of our nation, we must collectively change our attitudes and mindsets.
The book talks about love, betrayals, traditions, career, and a whole lot.
The Author did what most Authors do at their first work, they pour out all their ideas on the book as if it will be their last.
Little wonder it got recognition as a good academic text.
The book is indeed a good read both on the educational and moral aspect.
BA, MA, English Language
University of Lagos
PGD, Journalism NIJ