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Social Media Rant or Summarized Political Narrative? – A #LiterallyWhatsHot Review Of Reno Omokri’s Facts versus Fiction



Books based on the socio-political events in a nation tend to be in high demand upon publication. This is because people want to see things through the eyes of someone who was privy to sensitive information, someone who was “in there” and “saw it all.”

Then again, people get tired of “newspaper stand” arguments and crave for a more informed treatise. There is a reason why Olusegun Obasanjo’s “My Watch” and Segun Adeniyi’s “Against The Run Of Play” are big hits from a book-selling perspective.

The author, Reno Omokri is the pastor and founder of Mind Of Christ Centre, and runs a column on Thisday Newspaper. He also runs the Helen & Bemigho Foundation for orphans, and was one of three spokespersons for former president Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. He still remains loyal to Jonathan, as can be easily deduced from his social media interactions.

In “Facts Versus Fiction”, Reno Omokri attempts to debunk what he perceives as “myths” that have held sway against the previous administration, and makes a significant number of assertions which go to the root of the power tussle between Nigeria’s two major political parties, as well as the complex web of international relations.

In  about 33,000 words, he sheds light on various touchy subjects, from international response to the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill 2013 to the (alleged) resurgence of militancy, from the Chibok girls saga to the 2015 general elections, and even Tuface Idibia’s botched protest gets a honorable mention of sorts.

It would seem that Reno Omokri wanted to publish this book in order to ensure that it does not became stale in terms of trending political issues on both the home front and the foreign scene. Thus, in accusing the Obama administration of colluding with the APC and the Northern elders to oust Goodluck Jonathan, he appeared to try too hard in comparing the events of late 2014/2015 to the current debate on Russia’s involvement in the 2016 U. S Presidential elections.

And in the sixth chapter, ample time is spent on describing Dr. Goodluck’s humble background and educational prowess. Reading that part of the book could lead to assumptions of a not-so-subtle campaign for Jonathan’s return.

There are also direct jabs swung by Reno on opponents in multiple directions, from Lai Mohammed to Nasir El-Rufai. And while the effort to dig up truth is appreciated, one cannot help but ask if there isn’t a more logical, structured way to go about it.

At the end of the day, Facts Versus Fiction attempts to shed much needed light on the rarely seen perceptive from the GEJ administration.

The book is thus clearly a pro-GEJ piece, but the key question is this “will it give you more information than you already know?” Find out out today when you download Facts Versus Fiction via the free OkadaBook app here.


BIO: Jerry Chiemeke is a lawyer who resides in Lagos. His works have been featured on The Kalahari ReviewBrittle Paper and Elsie Isy. His editorials have also appeared on True Nollywood Stories and he is currently a book reviewer on literary blog Bagus Mutendi. He recently published his first book, “The Colours In These Leaves”.


  1. Yvonne Isaac

    July 18, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    This review is the most honest I have read in a while. Definitely getting the book now. Big ups to whoever on the team penned this. Wow!

  2. Ngwee klassik

    July 25, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Ifeanyi tried in his attempt to review Reno’s work. I love his courage and ardent zeal to the things bordering on social issues but, i also think that he is not in the best position to criticize that work openly.

    • Chief Nocrap

      July 25, 2017 at 5:42 pm

      How pertinent is his position to speak on the matter? And how does it concern this treatise. Are you criticising the literary writing or the opinion? Reno Omokri is a man in the public sphere purporting to write his own opinion of events that concern us and masquerading it as facts so anyone is entitled to comment. There must be atom of fabrication and bias in any political work. Nobody is qualified or not to air opinion and Reno as a writer would appreciate this (if he is discerning). A critic must do his job and it cant always be rosy. Good one, Ifeanyi.

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