Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible by Yomi Adegoke & Elizabeth Uviebinené
Narrated by: Yomi Adegoke, Elizabeth Uviebinené, Nneka Okoye, Karen Blackett – foreword
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
Release Date: July 2018
Length: 12 hrs 29 mins
Find It: Audible
This book includes extracts from dozens of interviews with some of the most successful black women in Britain. Where possible within this audiobook, we have used the original recordings of those interviews, which took place in a variety of locations; so, whilst the nature of the recordings vary, the insights and advice remain constantly inspiring.
Illustrated with stories from Elizabeth and Yomi’s own lives, and from interviews with dozens of the most successful black women in Britain – including Amma Asante, Charlene White, Jamelia, Denise Lewis, Malorie Blackman and Dawn Butler MP – Slay in Your Lane recognizes and celebrates the strides black women have already made whilst providing practical advice and inspiration for those who want to do the same and forge a better, visible future.
I wanted to fall head over heels for this book. I went in looking for an experience similar to the holy spirit falling upon me and maybe in my expectation, I set myself up for disappointment.
As a full-blooded Nigerian lady who has never lived outside the borders of Nigeria and doesn’t consider herself to be “black”, I’ll say it took a minute to find this book relatable.
Filled with valuable insights on navigating the workplace, I would totally gift Slay In Your Lane to a new graduate for this purpose alone. Unfortunately, when the experiences filter down to “black women in Britain”, it begins to feel like an out-of-body experience.
Personally, I enjoyed the sections about black women and the beauty industry, taking control of your personal finances etc. But the fact is majority of the information in this book wasn’t exactly new to me.
This made for very many slow/dull moments in this book. It was so bad, I was ready to DNF it. But then, the second part started and I was listening to it first thing in the morning and right before bed.
Like I said, it was something of a dull experience in the beginning. Truth is, the narration didn’t get better but the subject matter saved the day at this point.
I didn’t learn anything new in this book. Maybe, it’s better on paper.