Like many citizens of the third world, Musa struggles in abject poverty, always hoping for a better life for himself and his family. And although the brilliant young Egyptian makes the best grades at his university, his hopes are seeming less and less realistic, as he works long hours at a local restaurant just to make ends meet.
But what choice does he have? His reckless father abandoned the family when Musa was just a teen, leaving his mother, Samia, to raise three sons on her own-and he's unwilling to sit by while she works herself to exhaustion.
As fate would have it, his dedication to his work attracts the attention of the Egyptian minister of foreign affairs, when they meet at the restaurant where Musa works. After an impressive interview, the waiter earns a new job as the minister's legal aide, which means a huge boost in both salary and status.
Finally able to approach the woman he loves without shame, it seems that Musa's "unrealistic" hopes are actually coming true. But unbeknownst to him, someone out there has a dark desire to destroy him and his family-and will put everything on the line to do so.
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About the Author
Jamiu Abiola was born in Nigeria in 1975. He was brought up speaking English, the official language of Nigeria, and went on to learn Arabic at the age of nine.
A student of poetry, languages, and world history from a young age, Abiola focused his collegiate studies in political science, French, and Arabic at New York University. And with the addition of French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Yoruba, Hausa, and Shuwa, he now fluently speaks a total of ten languages.
Abiola wrote his Egyptian political thriller Realistic Hopes in both English and Arabic.