6. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Titilola Alexandrah Shoneyin
“A grunt escaped from the woman lying next to him. He glanced sideways and saw that his leg had stapled Iya Tope, his second wife, to the bed. He observed the jerky rise and fall of her bosom but he didn’t move to ease her discomfort. His thoughts returned to Bolanle and his stomach tightened again. Then and there, he decided to pay Teacher a visit. He would get there at sunrise so Teacher would know it was no ordinary stopover.”
Bolanle, his college educated wife arrives in his household and strife stirs up when she offers to teach the other wives to read. Unbeknownst to the older wives and Baba Segi, she holds in her mind a secret that would expose the lies that plague their home.
For Baba Segi, a collection of wives and a brood to call his own is the ultimate show of his wealth, and he will stop at nothing to make sure his fourth wife, Bolanle bears him children.
This book weaves so beautifully the voices of all the four wives and Baba Segi. It brings out the aspects of life that bring women together; the protectiveness of a mother and of ourselves, the lengths we go to, to find healing and the choices that define us.
It is a colorfully written book that seeks to unite in the end.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.