The Gift

Leaving all you know behind

Opening the wounds that closed so long before

Veiling oneself from the corruption of others whilst

Embarking on a grave mission.

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Finding oneself in the midst of chaos

Realising the strength that lies within

Illusions long destroyed

Everything you thought you ought to be

Never again will they define you

Determined to fight the fight, to

Secure the gifts that happiness brings.


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Monday

The constant hustle of back and forth

Kids dropped off and commutes commence

Coffee cups in one hand and briefcases in the other

Long strides down the busy streets

No eye contact with restless strangers

Earphones in to block the noise

The packed out trains and buses move

To their next destination of eager passengers

Offices begin to fill with chitchat and good mornings

Computers turned on and another busy day begins.


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The Ideal Saturday

The journey was long but arrival was worth it

To sit and have human interaction

To be free of lockdown restrictions

We continued the conversation

Right where we left off

The sun beamed into the room

As pasta and lemon loaf was placed on the table

The taste of aubergine and tagliatelle

The look of bookcases filled to the brim

The sound of laughter

The feeling of friendship

The ideal Saturday.  


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Book Review: The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives

So before opening this book, I had already judged it by its cover. I had judged the book to be about a man who married 4 wives who all had secret lives and helped each other cover up each other’s secrets. That they were like sister wives, with emphasis on the metaphorical sisterhood, who supported each other and were there for each other, all at the expense of their husband.  

Although the book fulfilled some of my expectations, it was very far off from what I thought it would be about. For one, there was no covering for one another, except when bullying and trying to destroy the new wife.

Baba Segi is a rich man in Nigeria who has three wives and decides to marry a fourth, a college graduate. The other wives, jealous of the youth and education of the fourth wife, vow to make her life hell, as she strives to become pregnant and give Baba Segi (who already has seven children) a child.

The novel was very easy to read and was a refreshing break from my busy day. It was easy to get hooked on to and I was always excited for the next chapter/ narrative from a different character’s perspective. It is clear that the author wants us to sympathise with Bolanle, the fourth wife, due to the horrible treatment she endures at the hands of the other wives. Baba Segi is portrayed as an uneducated man who is easily dupped by his wives.

The ending to the novel is one that is predictable but yet satisfactory. All the characters get their comeuppance, especially the wives, and we, as the readers are relieved at the path that Bolanle chooses for herself, after reconciling with her family and her past.

If you’re looking for a beach read, whilst stuck in a lockdown due to COVID, but still like to imagine yourself on a beach, then this is the perfect read. The novel is short enough to finish on an (imaginary) holiday, whilst providing all the drama and resolution that we love from holiday reads. I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars, solely for the fact that it was enjoyable and allowed me to escape the dreary January weather.


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