The lawyer Adejoke Adeosun, popularly known as Sisi Caro, has unveiled her first book, Honey and Maggots. The 169-page book on politics, love and nature is armed with a passion for justice and better life for the people.
The author finds herself digging deep into the story of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election, the Abacha regime, the COVID-19 pandemic and the EndSARS protests, presenting her thoughts in a captivating narrative.
Honey and Maggots examines the recurrence of mis-governance in the polity and raises concern about the unsettled mysteries that surround some of the social and political disorders that have ravaged Nigeria.
Speaking with The Guardian, Adeosun said the 2020 EndSARs was a replay of the past where people were killed, but the authorities said no one was murdered and that three years down the line, Nigerians are quiet about it.
“I have to write about these to preserve history so that generations will see what played out. I also talked about male child assault and others. I wrote this book from a place of love and genuine concern for the country,” she said.
When asked how she came about the book’s title, she said: “The honey part reflects the sweet memories of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, United States, where Nigeria overcame stronger teams such as, Brazil and Argentina to win the gold medal in football. The book talks about the sweet memories, while the maggots, which is the ugly part, dwells on the killings, assaults and other ugly aspects. That is how I came up with the title.”
On how long it took her to write the book and the inspiration behind it, she said: “It took me 13 months to write. It’s a short read deliberately to help early readers and undergraduates and make it interesting while reading.
“The inspiration behind this book is the passion to preserve history.
“The sweetest part of this book, for me, is the Atlanta 1996, it brought joy to the homes of Nigerians, it brought Nigerians together, people tuned their TV an hour before the kickoff of the final, Nigerians bought food for each other when the team won.”