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The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives (edition 2010)

by Titilola Alexandrah Shoneyin

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Title:The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives
Authors:Titilola Alexandrah Shoneyin
Info:Profile (2010), Paperback, 256 pages
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Tags:"read 2012", relationship, sex, sexuality, marriage, africa, nigeria, infertility, contemporary, poligamy

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I picked this out at the library as part of my plan to read more fiction set in other cultures, and it was certainly illuminating, though I'm not able to judge how far (if at all) it's exaggerated in regard to the characters' beliefs, habits and interactions. Set in contemporary Nigeria, it follows the educated young woman Bolanle as she joins the prosperous household of Baba Segi as his fourth wife. Her arrival worsens the already fraught relationships between his existing wives and, ultimately, will destroy the very foundations of this uncomfortable ménage...

The full review will be available on my blog from 25 January at the following link:
https://theidlewoman.net/2017/01/25/the-secret-lives-of-baba-segis-wives-lola-shoneyin ( )
  TheIdleWoman | Jan 23, 2017 |
Set in contemporary Nigeria, this book explores the tensions and confusing motivations not only in modern polygamy, but in love and sexual relationships in general in a setting of difficult economic and social circumstances. While each of Baba Segi's four wives is the "voice" of some parts of the novel, the protagonist is clearly the youngest wife. While Bonalale choses to become the fourth wife to "hide" the shame of her past, her arrival in the household ends up exposing everyone's pasts in uncomfortable ways. A well-paced and engaging read with a lots of serious food for thought, despite a generally light tone. ( )
  kaitanya64 | Jan 3, 2017 |
What is it about polygamy that makes for great fiction? This isn't as good as The Lonely Polygamist, but it is still a great read. Highly recommended (especially for Lauren B). ( )
  gayla.bassham | Nov 7, 2016 |
More like 3.5. ( )
  CydMelcher | Feb 5, 2016 |
More like 3.5. ( )
  CydMelcher | Feb 5, 2016 |
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When Baba Segu awoke with a bellyache for the sixth day in a row, he knew it was time to do something drastic about his fourth wife's childlessness.
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Baba Segi, a polygamous husband in modern-day Nigeria, believes his three wives and numerous children are a sign of his prosperity, success, and manhood, but his peaceful domain unravels when he brings home Bolanle, a quiet, college-educated woman as his fourth wife.
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Baba Segi's fourth wife, the young, college-educated Bolanle, sends his household into turmoil, causing his other three wives to become jealous and resentful and to plot her downfall.

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