Today I want to share with you all 3 books I read in the past two months. While reading these books, I cried, I got upset, I laughed and many other feelings one could possibly have. The books are by three different authors.
Yejide Kilanko: Daughters who walk this path
This book was a perfect story of a young woman coming to age in a Nigerian city. Those who grew up in an African country, can somewhat relate to this. Every other young girl who has or is currently experiencing the changes from girlhood to womanhood, this story is for you. Most of my crying was done in this novel. I cannot 100percent relate to Morayo's experiences, but I know people who have. It is a perfect depiction of traditional African values and how they impact the lives of young women. You can get your copy here.
Ama Ata Aidoo: Changes, A Love Story
Set in the vibrant city of Accra, Esi(the main character) divorces her husband, to become another's second wife. Let me tell you, when I got to that part, I said WTH how can you leave first place to become second? Is that even normal? As I read on, I began to understand the complexity that is Esi's life. Sometimes, happiness isn't found in the norm. Ama does a great job of depicting the "modern woman" Is Esi the modern woman because she breaks cultural norms by doing and following what pleases her and not society? Or could the modern woman be Esi's close friend Opokuya who works full time but still plays the role society has deemed womanly? Ama raises so many questions in this novel. It's a great mind exercise and will leave you questioning what you are capable of doing when it comes to love and happiness. You can get your copy here.
Sefi Atta: Everything Good Will Come
This is another beautifully written coming to age story. The things we experience as girls growing up in and African society, can be upsetting. Some of these things are lessons that create strength as we become adults. Enitan depicts this strength in Atta's novel. As she transitions from the intelligent, yet fragille young girl to the strong, politically conscious woman, Enitan finds her voice in a society that pushes silence for the woman. Find a copy here.
These three books tell the story of the cultural and societal restrictions African women and young girls face. The things that happened years ago, are still going on in our societies today. We as women need to keep raising our voices to gender discrimination in our societies. We are too intelligent, resourceful and strong to be silenced.
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