Book Review: Alo- A Collection of Yoruba Folktales by Omolara Olalerin

I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Omolara.

Reading this collection brought a feeling of nostalgia, taking me back to my childhood days when we watched the popular TV program aired all over Nigeria titled “Tales by Moonlight”. Although I am not Yoruba, most of the stories are familiar as there seems to be different versions of them within several Nigerian tribes but told in a variety of ways. As usual, the tortoise features the most as the main character in quite a number of the stories, famous for his cunningness and sometimes greed. All the stories end with a moral lesson and some were really funny too. The stories were well written and I am glad that the author still told them as well as I remember.

I enjoyed reading this collection and would definitely share it with my children as a way getting them to connect to my own childhood and also enjoy these interesting stories.

I highly recommend to children and adults alike. Kudos to the author for this brilliant collection.

Rating: 4 Stars

Expected Publication Date: February 10th 2022 by Omolara Olarerin

Pages: 66

Genre: Collection of Stories


The Author:

Omolara Olarerin

Omolara Olarerin has been writing since she was 11 years old. Alo is her first
published work. She is currently pursuing a career in fintech and would love to travel
the world someday. She lives in Lagos, Nigeria with her family.


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