In my first blog post, I mentioned a book which I had started reading. By the title of this post, you already know it’s The Secret Lives Of Baba Segi’s Wives ☺️. Have you ever had that one book that you start reading and you just can’t drop it to begin actual work? Yeahh that’s exactly what this book was for me.
Lola Shoneyin’s The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives is a novel that can truly capture one’s mind. Not only is it an interesting read but it also covers a broad spectrum of issues such as Feminism, Rape, Masculinity and Women Empowerment in the act of Submission. As the story unfolds in the setting of a polygamous family each character has distinguishing features that make them interesting.
Among the various issues, Women Empowerment will be my focus as it was an underlining theme I noticed in every single chapter I read. The main character Baba Segi believes that he is in control of the household and runs things but in reality, the “control” is in the hands of the women. The wives give him the false impression of power so their regular routines don’t get interrupted.
Even though I am really excited about this book, I don’t want to give out any spoilers. However, I would say that I believe that reasons behind peoples actions are actually influenced by either their upbringing or past experiences. Certain behaviors and conducts displayed by the wives in their home reflected this fact ranging from their treatment to one another and their husband Baba Segi.
I don’t need to go into further details to tell you how worth reading this novel is. Do grab your copy and tell me about your feedback!
If you have any other novels you think I will also find interesting please tell me in the comment section so I can check it out. Till next time 🎀
“The one who gets wisdom loves life; the one who cherishes understanding will soon prosper”