Book Review: Tri-Party by Kikelomo Kuponiyi

This is the second book by this author I am reading and because the I enjoyed the first book, I went into reading it with some high expectations. Christian fiction is a genre that I really love and one of the most delightful things for me is to discover authors (especially African/Nigerian) that I connect with their work.

‘Tri-Party’ is a heavily themed story about infidelity, betrayal, lies, forgiveness, restitution and love. It follows Sam, a husband and father of two children who has done quite well for himself in his career as a professional MC and a university lecturer. His marriage to his lovely wife Tolani is as perfect as the word can be although he occasionally indulges in a few extra marital affairs unknown to her. Things are great for Sam until he meets Cynthia, a new student in his creative writing class. One thing leads to another and Sam finds himself entangled in a web of lies, blackmail and violence as he starts a relationship with Cynthia. Tolani realizes that her life and marriage to Sam is a sham when a series of events reveals his promiscuity and this threatens to destroy the 20 years they have worked together as a couple and family.

This was a thought-provoking and moving story. I loved the way the author created characters that were relatable, presenting them in a way that we could see and understand their choices whether good or bad. I believe that we need more stories (Nigerian/African) that discuss infidelity and how it affects both all parties in the equation because many generations of Africans have believed that it was acceptable for men to cheat on their wives but with hindsight we have come to realize that there have been adverse effects of this behavior in our society in general. There is a need for these stories to be told to give people a better understanding of the consequences that follow these actions. Coming from a Christian point of view, I was happy with the way the author told the story realistically and not how they are portrayed in our Nollywood movies where the feelings of the woman are not taken into consideration but instead she is expected to forgive and move on almost immediately. Lastly, I liked the way the book shows how helpful counseling/therapy is in situations like this although I would have preferred if she spent more time on this part of the story than she did in some other parts. There was also a nice twist that was well done in the story. Kudos to the author.

Ultimately, it was a great read and I highly recommend to everyone especially if you like Christian Fiction. Looking forward to more stories by this author in the near future.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Published: March 5th 2022 by Parresia Publishers

Pages: 352

Genre: Christian Fiction

The Author:

Kikelomo Kuponiyi is a retired banker, lawyer and writer. After graduating with a Bachelor of Laws degree, she ventured into the banking industry, where she worked for over two decades. Her experience in banking spans customer service, operations, financial control and retail lending. Over the years, she nurtured her love for the arts through writing journals, poetry, and short stories. Her first published novel is titled ‘Unfolding Grace’. ‘Your Money and You’ is her first non-fiction book. She is married with three children and lives in Lagos, Nigeria.

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