An authentic, wrenching novel chronicling a young girl’s coming of age in turbulent, bustling, contemporary Nigeria.
Spirited and intelligent, Morayo grows up surrounded by school friends and family in busy, modern-day Ibadan. An adoring little sister, their traditional parents, and a host of aunties and cousins make Morayo’s home their own, so there’s nothing unusual about her charming but troubled cousin, Bros T, moving in with the family. At first Morayo and her sister are delighted, but in her innocence, nothing prepares Morayo for the shameful secret Bros T forces upon her.
Thrust into a web of oppressive silence woven by the adults around her, Morayo must learn to protect herself and her sister from a legacy of silence shared by the women in her family. Only her Aunt Morenike provides Morayo with a safe home and a sense of female community that sustains her as she develops into a young woman in a bustling, politically charged, and often violent country.
©2012 Yejide Kilanko (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Uplifting…. graceful and unmistakably authentic." (Quill & Quire)
"[Kilanko] tells us stories about Nigerian women’s emotional strength, their remarkable network of support and the travails that afflict many of them in a country where women still provide the domestic backbone. It is a book that can make you laugh and cry, and if you aren’t a feminist, Kilanko’s book will turn you into one - whether you're male or female…. Kilanko’s characters are affecting and admirable; her storytelling agile and persuasive; her dialogue convincing and funny. Kilanko’s primary job in social work and child protection allows her a deep understanding of victimization. She leaves us with a sense of a Nigerian woman's heroism in the face of social prejudice. Morayo and her aunt Morenike walked us down a path we hope we will be able to meet them on again." (Toronto Star)
I really enjoyed this story, but was very disappointed in the reading. The reader was completely unfamiliar with the novel's setting and consistently mispronounced names of cities and other important details. If you know nothing about Nigeria this will not likely be an issue. However, if you are Nigerian or have ever heard a Nigerian speak, skip the audio version and just read the book.
This piece forces you to face your secrets and begin to heal hidden wounds. The author's words ring with empathy for those she will never know. I appreciate her voice, passion, and creativity. This is a must read for anyone holding deep hurts.
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