Join Lola Shoneyin this evening as she reads from her new book, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives. In this hilarious and enjoyable account of family life, Lola draws attention to a ubiquitous phenomenon in Africa, polygamy. Published by Cassava Republic, the book 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.
*Event starts by 6.30pm at the Abule Café, 33 Sinari Daranijo St, off Younis Bashorun, Off Ajose Adeogun, Victoria Island.