My Review of 29, Single and Nigerian.
This book was written by a blogger whose blog I stumbled upon accidentally. I think it was from sisiyemmie’s blog that I first came across one of her popular post about how ‘jollof finished after she paid for aso ebi.’
Author’s name is Naijasinglegirl.
The cover design has an attractive female with question in her eyes. The book cover itself got me enraptured. I mean it was perfect. It captured the character edikan and identifies with the whole essence of the book . That was genius.
If you decide to judge this book by its cover, I am sure it is going to be positive. I love the cover design. Even though the content is rich, the cover too is ‘
The book has very few details written about the author. The author bio states that she is a lifestyle blogger, brand storyteller and content creator based in Nigeria.
I love her simplicity and it is worthy of note that she blogs under strict anonymity which explains the fewer author details.
The book is very full for a first publication. It is 348 pages of humour, adventure, love, hardship, family, financial struggle and basically being single in a hustling city like “gidi”.
It was worth every dime I paid for it.
Now this book was published this year and I have read so many positive reviews. I got mine sent to abuja through konga last week. I practically devoured the book in three nights. It is now sitting comfortably in my library.
I have wondered repeatedly why this book hasn’t been featured on the popular channels television book club or why it has not clinched any award(yet).
The author could have easily passed for someone who has published many books before. I mean I can’t just believe its her first book.
The main character in the book is a young lady named Edikan, a 29 year old single lady in pursuit of happiness. Her story is easily the story of every female in Nigeria who rose from grass to grace to become somebody in life despite many mistakes, naivety, inexperience and relationship struggles.
The book chronicles her journey for survival and how she eventually surpassed her dreams. However, it also brings to fore, the pressure of being single, unemployed and female in a country like Nigeria. Her struggles are real and they are the struggles that every young lady goes through in life at one point or the other.
The importance of having supportive, open hearted parents cannot be overlooked as her parents contributed to her marriage pressure. I love the way the book also talked about our religious extremities especially when things are not going the way we want -that belief that you must go and see a spiritual authority to expel the things wrong with you.
Even though there were some overlooked ‘typos’ in the book such as ‘cos’ instead of ‘because’, you will find the book highly interesting and entertaining.
The book is three thousand. You should grab a copy.