We’ve heard you loud and clear: a fiction unit is well overdue! We’re diving into this beautiful, captivating, and deeply emotive novel by the renowned Nigerian author Buchi Emecheta. The novel takes us through the joys of motherhood, but also the pain–of colonialism, patriarchy, war, empire, and the overlapping tensions and layers of womanhood for Nigerian women like Nnu Ego navigating the relationship between national British rule and local tribal authorities.
Temporally, the story takes place during World War II, 15-20 years before Nigerian independence from the United Kingdom. For those of us who were reading with us back in January for our Emergency Read on Sudan, our book for that unit, Africa Uprising: Popular Protest and Political Change by Adam Branch and Zachariah Mampilly, Chapter 5 on Nigeria’s own history with popular protest, the tensions between rural and urban life, legacies of British colonialism, and State’s corruption and despotism are now familiar themes that are also foreshadowed throughout this novel.
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