Yeside recommends: Being Nigerian born, I like to keep up with novels set in my birth place. We hear so much in the news about the trafficking of girls, into marriage, into forced labour, into sexual exploitation. Rarely do we get to hear about the experience of being trafficked from the girl herself. This coming of age novel is narrated by Adunni, a young Nigerian girl living in poverty in a small village. When her father sells her for a ‘bride price’ to an older and more affluent taxi driver, it ruins the dreams Adunni has of returning to school and getting a proper education. Abi Dare powerfully drives us through Adunni’s domestic drudgery and abuse which never fail to quench her spirit or her desire to have a ‘louding voice’ that will be listened to.
Daré exposes the poverty so many Nigerians face and the attitudes to women that see them treated as a commodity to be beaten into compliance. It’s a powerful debut novel.
Author: Dare, Abi, Binding: Paperback, Imprint: Sceptre, Series: N/A, Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Published: 01/10/2020, Pagination: 320 pages, Classification: Nigeria, Country of Publication: