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The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives

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Author:
Shoneyin, Lola


Publisher:
Cassava Republic Press


Publication Year:
2010


Genre/Subject:
Fiction-Nigeria (English)


ISBN:
9789784851800


No of Pages:
244


Summary:
To the dismay of her ambitious mother, Bolanle marries into a polygamous family, where she is the fourth wife of a rich, rotund patriarch, Baba Segi. She is a graduate and therefore a great prize, but even graduates must produce children and her husband's persistent bellyache is a sign that things are not as they should be. Bolanle is too educated for the 'white garment conmen' Baba Segi would usually go to for fertility advice, so he takes her to hospital to discover the cause of her barrenness. Weaving the voices of Baba Segi and his four competing wives into a portrait of a clamorous household of twelve, Lola Shoneyin evokes an extraordinary Nigerian family in splashes of vibrant colour.
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