Hope in Anarchy


Like every child, Ahoka has the right to dream and hope. But he is the son of Solo a poor ex-service man living under a bridge in Beku-city. Because of lack of means, Ahoka finds his dreams and hope betrayed to the mosquitoes of Asabeni Lagoon where he sleeps, the streets of Beku which he roams picking discarded bottles for sale to bottling companies, and the sand of Hacul beach where he fetches seawater for sale.

Order has failed the poor of the republic where government is a joke, where judges do not remember justice and police have forgotten they are not armed robbers. Jokulo an anarchist whispers a secret into the ears of the poor, and from then on, hope in the republic is to be found only in anarchy.

This is the moving story of the innocence of hope and the tragedy of betrayal.


Born 24th Sept. 1965, Kyuka Lilymjok hails from Bafai-Kanai. He is a professor of law and lectures at the Faculty of Law Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Other published novels of the author include: Farewell to Peace, Sieged, Sick, and Idiotic.

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