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Like Sowore, Like Kasali | Book Review | Syn Osuchukwu

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Kasali is The Politician In Us All | Book Review | Syn Osuchukwu

For those who are intrigued with ‘Dedication’ pages in books, you find the quotes in Kasali’s Africa intriguing. It reads ‘to those who keep loving in the face of adversity’. Perhaps a show of solidarity from the author to Nigerians who keep loving Nigeria despite her flaws?

Written by Feyisayo Anjorin, Kasali’s Africa is a 268-paged book published by Lifescript publishing.

Think of Sowore but this time, as a farmer and brazen local whose intention is neither altruistic nor totally selfish. “Every man should face his calling. I am not a politician and will never be” pg 26.

Kasali is right. He is not a politician but a farmer who nonetheless goes on to enjoy the fruits of his political activism. His boisterious nature attracts the attention of journalists, people in power and politicians until they end up using each other for their own needs. With Kasali, you are not entirely sure if he loves the microphones shoved in his face or if he is indeed passionate about what he claims to believe in.

The book starts slow but is soon wrought with interwoven intricacies of history, Kasali’s bosterious personality and his naive outlook on how African politics is really run.

Kasali is a flawed man- at least his children attest to that in addition to his rigidity.

In between chapters, you will find poems which is a welcome development from the sometimes tedious interview-like chapters. (If you are into that sort of literary broth).

It is a story of a typical polygamous African man and all his traipsing -plenty women, ‘plentier’ waka-waka and ‘plentiest’ children. He thinks everything revolves around his bold talk and loud voice.

As you flip through the pages, you will find that the book was written by a journalist or at least, one who has conducted such interviews in the past.

Like the author says: this political satire is one we are all familiar with. It is a story of the best of us, the worst of us and everything in between.

3/5 stars.


The author can be reached on social with  the name Feyisayo Anjorin. The book can be purchased at major bookstores nationwide or via the author. 

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