Memory Lane Monday: The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin

Welcome to Memory Lane Mondays!
This is a weekly feature of unforgettable books I have read in times past which have not had the chance to be reviewed on this blog as I read them a long time ago. Lets’ call them my personal classics. I will be featuring a new favorite every week and I hope you will be interested to read and enjoy some as I have.
This week’s pick is….


baba segi

I remember reading this book not too long after it was first published and I can’t believe it’s almost 10 years after. It was an intriguing story that has never left the corners of my mind and an easy go-to when I need something quick and entertaining to occupy myself. I highly recommend this book!

The author is someone I respect in the Nigerian literary scene as she has done a great deal in supporting the arts, authors, etc. I have always hoped that she would write us another interesting novel like this one and I am still waiting…..


African-born poet Lola Shoneyin makes her fiction debut with The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, a perceptive, entertaining, and eye-opening novel of polygamy in modern-day Nigeria. The struggles, rivalries, intricate family politics, and the interplay of personalities and relationships within the complex private world of a polygamous union come to life in The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives—Big Love and The 19th Wife set against a contemporary African background.

The Author:

Lola Shoneyin. Lola Shoneyin (born Titilola Atinuke Alexandrah Shoneyin; 26 February 1974 in Ibadan, Nigeria) is a Nigerian poet and author who launched her debut novel, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, in the UK in May 2010.  She lives in Lagos, Nigeria, where she runs the annual Aké Arts and Book Festival.

Published: June 29th, 2010 by William Morrow

Pages: 288

Genre: Fiction


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