Hey guys, i know i haven’t done a book review in like a longgggg time but its all for the best tho. I was saving the “bestest” posts for this very moment. Today i will be writing a book review on the book, the secret lives of Baba Segi’s wives by Lola Shoneyin.
You see this book is very special to me because it has a setting
in the African, Nigerian, Yoruba cultural polygamous background, which is not very popular with most book’s i have come in contact with.
It places focus on a family consisting of four wives, married (not really, more like gifted) to a man known as Baba Segi, these wives (to exclude one of them) birthed a generous number of children to their very wealthy, capable husband (coughs). Sit tight as a plot twist comes your way almost suddenly as soon as you flip your pages just past the middle zone.
The writer LOLA SHONEYIN takes us through the various interesting experiences that led to a single man coming into the POSSESSION of four women with different stereotypes, backgrounds and different views to life, all with a common theme of “the need to feel wanted or owned” and the general message of “brokenness”. All this is being spiced up by the theme of Women being vulnerable for their husbands inadequacies.
This book (although at a point predictable) captured my heart as the writer stuck to notable points (even the simplest of them) throughout my entire read. This is a characteristic lacking in most books, the abilty to keep the story flow of a simple detail.
If you happen to visit the family tree arena you would also find my Surname being used ISHOLA in all its glory. Not to be proud or anything.
I will score this book an 8/10, mostly because of the interesting story line and the consistency in detail. Although i am yet to find a suitable African themed book (well Chimamanda has those) with the luxury of unpredictability.
I do hope after these bits and pieces of this book, you will judge this review by actually reading the book. I would love to hear things from a different perspective!