Book Review – Chasing Butterflies

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Chasing Butterflies gives a look into the dynamics of a toxic and abusive marriage. We meet Titilope and Tomide as they ‘celebrate’ their wedding anniversary – in quotes because Titi spends most of the time wishing for a better reality. Things quickly go downhill from there and the story soon begins to read like a manual for getting out of an abusive relationship (not soon enough) while resisting societal pressures that’ll try to convince the victim to that they’re crazy/wicked/selfish for finding the exit. In typical Yejide Kilanko style, Chasing Butterflies isn’t just a story for the sake of one, it […]

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Book Review – Children Of Blood And Bone

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“In a land of myth and a time of magic…” If you can instantly name where that quote comes from, then Children of Blood and Bone will give you serious deja vu. At least in the first few chapters. Set in the fictional land/country/nation of Orisha, this novel tells the story of a young Zelie, a maji on a quest to restore the magic to her kind. A magic stolen, presumed to have simply vanished over a decade earlier. Zelie isn’t quest or savior material as she has very little self-control, and is quick to lose focus but I digress… Children Of Blood […]

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Book Review – The Pressure Cooker

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There are many ways to describe this book but I’ll call The Pressure Cooker a self-help manual. Targeted at young, ambitious and clueless career women (aka moi) in desperate need of guidance, the author shares nuggets of wisdom on everything from dealing with sexism at work, difficult bosses, mentorship to being a mum at work. “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity, but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later.” I first became aware of the author when I got an email inviting me to a Lighthouse Network conference in […]

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Book Review – Authentic Mama

Paulina (Iye Baby) is a businesswoman/professional mistress/sugar mummy. A force of nature who rules the “red light district” of Nimbe town (so to speak). Authentic Mama takes us through maybe a year of Iye Baby’s life as she goes through a midlife crisis or realization. When the story begins, Iye Baby is on top of her game, her business is booming, her lovers are strategically placed and well-connected and she has mastered the art of bullying anyone who dares to challenge her. The blurb says the turning point is when a business deal goes bad but that isn’t really the case. […]

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Book Review – When We Speak Of Nothing

When We Speak Of Nothing is a coming of age story about Karl, a transgender male who on top of having to deal with the constant bullying and discrimination which comes along with being different, has to take care of a mum so ill he needs a state-appointed guardian to look after him and had practically been adopted by Abu’s family. This is a pretty rough deal for anyone but Karl has Abu who more than anything is incredibly loyal to Karl and their friendship. Life isn’t perfect but there’s a co-operation between Karl and Abu. They get each other, work […]

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Book Review – Ghana Must Go

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Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi Publisher: Penguin Books Release Date: January 2nd, 2014 Genre: Literary Fiction Format: Paperback Length: 318 Source: Bought Find It: Jumia Meet the Sais, a Nigerian-Ghanaian family living in the United States. A family prospering until the day father and surgeon Kweku Sai is victim of a grave injustice. Ashamed, he abandons his beautiful wife Fola and their little boys and girls, causing the family to fracture and spiral out into the world – New York, London, West Africa, New England – on uncertain, troubled journeys until, many years later, tragedy unites them. Now this broken family has a chance to heal – […]

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Book Review – A Conspiracy Of Ravens

A Conspiracy Of Ravens by Othuke Ominiabohs Release Date: 2016 Genre: Crime Fiction Format: Paperback Source: Bought “Chaos most times is the perfect tool for distraction” I recall my younger sister’s first words upon reading the title of the novel. She asked if the book was about a gathering of witches—Nollywood style. If those were your first thoughts, well… you are quite off the radar. A Conspiracy of Ravens is the second novel by Othuke Ominiabohs, the first being “Odufa: A Lover’s Tale”. The novel is a crime thriller set in Nigeria and it is divided into three parts. Each part deals with events that […]

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Me And My Hair – A Personal History

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When I was 7, my older sister transferred to a model college in Lagos. This school had strict rules about grooming. Everyone had to resume school with nothing more than an inch of hair on their head. I remember tagging along as my Dad escorted my sister to the barbers. Watching her cry as her glorious hair piled up on the floor. Up until that moment, I had no idea shaving my head was an option. I hated the old lady my mum took me to braid my hair every Saturday. Those sessions were nothing less than torture. Having my little head squeezed between her thighs for an hour. My hair being pulled and […]

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