Author: Ukamaka Olisakwe
Published By: Masobe
Release Date: 2020
Genre: Coming-of-age, Fiction
Length: 260 pages
Ukamaka Olisakwe’s heart-wrenching novel tells the story of the naive and trusting Ogadinma as she battles against Nigeria’s deeply-ingrained patriarchal systems in the 1980s, a time of coups, food shortages and religious extremism.
After a rape and unwanted pregnancy leave her exiled from her family in Kano, thwarting her plans to go to university, she is sent to her aunt’s in Lagos and pressure into marriage with an older man.
As their whirlwind romance descends into abuse and indignity, Ogadinma is forced to channel all of her independence and resourcefulness into finding her voice and strength in the face of abuse and cultural expectations.
I thought that this book was a beautiful read and would definitely recommend if you’re looking to read a nice Nigerian fiction.
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