Cassava Republic Press announces the book party of its newest release, “The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives,” by poet Lola Shoneyin on December 17th at the French Cultural Centre in Abuja.
The event, which is presented in collaboration with the French Cultural Centre, will feature an evening of art, music, entertainment, and a reading and book signing by the author. Attendance is open to the general public, so please spread the word!
The book, which has won rave reviews in the United States and the United Kingdom, describes the upheaval that follows when polygamist Baba Segi marries his fourth wife, Bolanle. A graduate amongst the other semi-literate wives, Bolanle, is hated from the start. Worse, her arrival threatens to do more than simply ruffle feathers. She’s unwittingly set to expose a secret that her co-wives intend to protect, at all costs.
Known for her poetry, this is Shoneyin’s first novel, and it is a light and ironic exposé of the rotten innards of Baba Segi’s polygamous household. In this cleverly-plotted story, Shoneyin shows how women in contemporary Nigeria can be restricted, controlled and damaged by the men in their lives. Copies of the book can be found at booksellers in Lagos, Abuja and at the Cassava Republic website: www.cassavarepublic.biz.
The French Cultural Centre is located at 52 Libreville Street, off Aminu Kanu Crescent, Wuse II. Gate opens at 6 pm. To RSVP, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 09 780 3159.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lola Shoneyin was born in Ibadan, Oyo State, and studied at Ogun State University and the London Metropolitan University. She teaches English and drama at an international school in Abuja. She is the author of three collections of poetry: So All the Time I was Sitting on an Egg, which was nominated for the ANA poetry prize in 1997, Song of a Riverbird, and For the Love of Flight. Shoneyin attended the Iowa International Writing Programme in 1999. She lives in Abuja with her husband, four children and four dogs. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives is her first novel.
SYNOPSIS OF BOOK
For a polygamist like Baba Segi, his collection of wives and a gaggle of children are the symbol of prosperity, success and validation of his manhood. Everything runs reasonably smoothly in the patriarchal home, until wife number four intrudes on this family romance.
Bolanle, a graduate amongst the semi-literate wives, is hated from the start. Baba Segi’s glee at bagging a graduate doesn’t help matters. Worse, Bolanle’s arrival threatens to do more than simply ruffle feathers. She’s unwittingly set to expose a secret that her co-wives intend to protect, at all costs.
Lola Shoneyin’s light and ironic touch exposes not only the rotten innards of Baba Segi’s polygamous household in this cleverly plotted story; it also shows how women in contemporary Nigeria can be restricted, controlled and damaged by men in their lives.
“A funny, moving story told with love and compassion… a jewel of a novel.” Petina Gappah, author of Elegy for Easterly
“For a first novel, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives surprises as a powerful, mature and absorbing work of fiction…this novel will continue to haunt the reader’s imagination with suggestive ripples of wonder, sadness and delight long after the last page has been turned.” Professor Biodun Jeyifo, Harvard University
“More than a cautionary tale about polygamy, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives is about identity, belonging, and the lies that bind. One of the best novels I’ve read on the Nigerian experience in the last ten years.” Molara Wood, Arts and Culture Editor, NEXT newspaper
“… a compelling, unsettling tale…. funny, disconcerting and violent all at once. An utterly gripping read.” Patricia Duncker, author of Hallucinating Foucault
“The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives is a triumph of life over adversity, a joyful ode to the sensual mystery and resilience of the human spirit.” Ikhide Ikheloa, critic, NEXT newspaper