Archive for August, 2015

Lonely Days by Bayo Adebowale

Bayo Adebowale lent a voice to African widows in his book Lonely Days. Set in the rustic rural village of Kufi in South-western Nigeria, the novel tells the story of Yaremi, a woman thrown into widowhood by the death of her husband Ajumobi.

Yaremi’s humiliation, loneliness and struggle for survival in Kufi are a microcosm of the plight of widows in the larger Nigerian society and indeed in Africa as a whole. Yaremi’s character in Lonely Days is that of a hardworking and assertive widow who refuses to be cowed into accepting traditional injunctions of widow inheritance and remarriage set by her society.

In this book, Adebowale created living people, not just characters and showed his appreciation for Africa’s rich cultural heritage as reflected in its flora and fauna, in art, trade, child-raising, education, medicine and succession. In the same breath, he condemned widow inheritance and other cultural practices that subject widows to pain and humiliation.

Lonely Days celebrates the beauty, industry, talent and resilience of the African woman.

If you buy this book in the hope of buying a prose work, you would be utterly disappointed (for good though). It is not just prose but rich poetry and drama in one piece. What I find disturbing is the character of Ajumobi who beat his wife at some point only to be later described as a loving and caring husband. This however does not detract at all from the general merits of the book.

Lonely Days is a good read.

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Christian Home in A Contemporary Society

Saturday, 22nd August 2015 was an eventful day for the  bookstomydoor crew as they joined the pastor and members of Victory Baptist Church, Baruwa Ipaja Lagos in the launch of the debut book titled  Christian Home In A Contemporary Society written by the church pastor, Rev. J.E Fatoye. Find below an excerpt of the interview we had with the author. (more…)

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All I Ever Wanted Was to Be Called Mom

all-i-ever-wantedWhen I got a request for the review of this book, my plan at first was to read a few pages every other day as I had books to review. Eventually, I got stuck with it and couldn’t simply put it away. It’s the true life story of a couple’s agonising and painful quest for a child of their own. Steve and Vaso Petrous share their story of failed and successful IVFs, their traumatising childbirth experience, Vaso’s close shave with death, and how they survived. As much as it is a story of pain, it is also a story of faith, resilience and hope. It is a must read for every couple waiting to have their own child. I assure that you will draw a lot of inspiration from this book.

However, I kept wondering why the authors did not seriously consider adoption when it was obvious there were so many odds against them.  I guess they preferred a biological child (you know the feeling) and I’m glad they succeeded.

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