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The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives

by Lola Shoneyin - £8.99  Profile Books Ltd (Serpent's Tail) (2011)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781846687495 | ISBN 10: 1846687497

To the dismay of her overbearingly 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.

(Price & availability last checked: January 2019)

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