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Celebrating the World Book Day: Lagos Schools Tour by: Dr. Bayo Adebowale, the author of Lonely Days

bayo adebowale picThe World Book Day has been designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries around the world.

As Nigeria joins the rest of the world in celebrating the World Book Day, Dr. Bayo Adebowale (author of the best-selling novel “Lonely Days”) embarks on a tour of schools in Lagos from 13th to 27th March 2017 to share his joy of writing and reading with students in presentation full of visual props and ready to use ideas.

The novel, Lonely Days, has been prescribed by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) as a prose work for the 2016-2020 Literature-in-English examinations. This prose work is popular among teachers and students of literature in secondary schools in Ghana, Sierraleone, the Gambia and Nigeria.


In a 90 minute session, the author would do the following:

  • Read to the students from the book;
  • Engage in a critique of the book;
  • Do a pep-talk on creative writing. A pep talk from a pro can spark even the most timid young writer;
  • Entertain questions from students and chat with them as he signs and personalizes their books.

You can bring the fresh perspective of a working writer to your students by inviting Dr. Bayo Adebowale to your school.

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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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