Fine Boys is the second novel by Eghosa Imaseun. Just as it is stated in the book,Fine Boys is a story of youth and lost innocence. Set in the 90s, The author paints a beautiful picture of Cultism in the University of Benin. It also reminds us of the military rule in the 90s that threatened to destroy the educational system due to incessant strikes and protests. The story documents the reaction of students all over the country to the annulled 1993 election which was infamously won by M. K. O Abiola.
Fine Boys revolves around the main character Ewaen and his” half caste” Childhood friend, Wilhelm. Coming from upper middle class families in Warri, both left to pursue a career in Medicine at the University of Benin. However, as fine boys from the rugged city, they are met with a very Strong pressure to join ‘confra'(Confraternity Groups).They both made a conclusion that they were not going to join. Wilhelm,who had a behavior of overdoing anything he finds himself doing, later succumbed to the pressure. This later proved to be the moulder of the story.
Fine Boys leads us through a story of love , friendship,loss and betrayal . The two young men met other students of their age whom they became friends with. They quarrel and make up. They fell in love and learnt to smoke and drink. Eghosa paints all this in a very serious and funny way until the end when tragedy struck. Fine Boys is a robust reminder of a time in the country’s history that is gradually been forgotten.
*I will be doing more of book review (especially African Fiction) on my blog now.