17:Blogtober: BOOK REVIEW, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s wives by Lola Shoneyin

if you don’t read anything at all, jump to the quotes at the end for a good laugh

*The Oprah Winfrey said that, you know a book is a good back when the first few sentences captures your attention or something along those lines, so that is how I will begin this book review. Because what Oprah says, is what I will do*

first few sentences

When Baba Segi awoke with a bellyache for the sixth day in a row, he knew it was time to do something drastic about his fourth wife’s childlessness. He was sure the pain wasn’t caused by hunger or trapped gas; it was from the buildup of months of worry.


the book was set in Nigerian and centered around Baba Segi, a prominent man who gained his status by having a numerous wives and children. Baba Segi’s new wife, Bolanle, a much younger, more educated and prettiest of his other three wives enters the family and tries to change the dynamics of how things work around Baba Segi’s household. With Bolanle unable to have children, and Baba Segi sleepless nights about it and the desperation for a child from the new wife opens a closet filled of secrets by all the wives. Secrets that threatens to destroy the family.

My thoughts

This is hands down the MOST funniest book I have read. It was such an easy read and I glided through it fairly quickly. The book was written in my favorite style of story telling, where all the characters have a voice displayed from their own perspective, Lola does this by giving each character a chapter, that way, you don’t have to guess what the characters are thinking or get to know the from another character’s perspective. Lola allowed her readers to fully be engaged by addressing serious topics, such as polygamy, class, and patriarch society, while infusing it with necessary humor. I enjoyed getting to know all the characters in depth as well as the various relationships between the wives and Baba and with each other. Lola was clever in how she let the story unfold, it was not the least bit predictive which I really appreciated. This book was such a breath of fresh air considering all the books I’ve been reading lately. 5 stars

favorite quotes

The impoverished search for cassava flour, while the rich consume rice by the measuring bowl. The tide of the earth turns, no one knows tomorrow.”

may you not miss your way to hell! May sleep posses you on the day mercy is passing! May you leave your front door open on the day death is on the prowl.”

what a terrible appetite this ground we tread has! It eats blood and bones heartily, no matter how good they are.”

“disease of the eye: everything she saw, she wanted.” MY FAVORITE

your parents have spoiled you, maggots crawl beneath your skin.”

“may the dogs eat your mouth.”

hahahaha don’t you just love these quotes?!

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