The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin
It starts with Bolanle, a university graduate who in her attempt to leave her past behind becomes Baba Segi’s fourth wife.
She enters a polygamous home filled with expensive clothes, monthly allowance and three other wives (**Iya Femi, **Iya Tope and **Iya Segi) who disapprove of her.
She soon becomes Baba Segi’s favourite and most prized possession until her presence unlocks a secret that the other wives have long hidden and unleashing it could change their lives forever.
It’s a very intriguing book and i found myself screaming and running around while reading it. I look forward to more of her novels.
Fun Fact : Lola Shoneyin is married to Olaokun Soyinka, son of Noble Prize Laureate Wole Soyinka.
**Iya- “Mother of”
Alek Wek on Lupita Nyong’o’s NAACP Image Awards acceptence speech:
“I was amazed and very humbled by Lupita’s words, and I am so proud and happy that her talent was deservedly recognised with her Oscar award.
When I was growing up, my mother taught me and my sisters to celebrate each other - there was no room in our household for negativity. She taught us to embrace each other and this was empowering for us. She also taught us the value of celebrating our differences.
When I first started modeling I realised I was very different from many of my colleagues, but I welcomed the opportunities my career in fashion offered me, and the support from many inspiring individuals in the fashion industry. And because of this I have always strived to use the platform I have in fashion, to champion the ideals of what is beautiful.
For me it always goes back to what my mother taught me and my sisters. That all women are beautiful and we should embrace each other. True beauty is born through our actions and aspirations and in the kindness we offer to others. Beauty should not be culturally relevant, it should be universal.”
Source: Essence Online