Thoughts On | La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono

La Bastarda tells the African queer story from a different perspective. It features lesbian and gay characters in a very traditional village in Equatorial Guinea. The main character, Okomo, grapples her feelings about her father's abandonment, and what it means to be a 'bastard', a woman, and a lesbian, in a society that values none. … Continue reading Thoughts On | La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono

Thoughts on | Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

“The family is like the forest: if you are outside it is dense; if you are inside you see that each tree has its own position.”  This quote captures some of my feelings after reading Homegoing. I have a large family and we're all pretty close. Whenever I talk to my friends about a family member, … Continue reading Thoughts on | Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Thoughts On | Second Class Citizen by Buchi Emecheta

Second Class Citizen tells the story of Adah Ofili, a Nigerian woman born in Lagos during World War II. The story begins with Adah's childhood, dealing with her father's death and her determination to be educated, and describes her adulthood in London, married to Francis, an abusive and unambitious (some might say lazy) husband. The … Continue reading Thoughts On | Second Class Citizen by Buchi Emecheta

Thoughts on| Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo

“Sometimes I think we have children because we want to leave behind someone who can explain who we are to the world when we are gone.”  This quote in Chapter 17 of the book sums up Yejide’s whole quest for motherhood Goodreads summary: Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in … Continue reading Thoughts on| Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo