The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives

by Lola Shoneyin

KSh 1,350

For a polygamist like Baba Segi, his collection of wives and a gaggle of children are the symbol of prosperity, success and validation of his manhood. Everything runs reasonably smoothly in the patriarchal home, until wife number four intrudes on this family romance.

Bolanle, a graduate amongst the semi-literate wives, is hated from the start. Baba Segi’s glee at bagging a graduate doesn’t help matters. Worse, Bolanle’s arrival threatens to do more than simply ruffle feathers. She’s unwittingly set to expose a secret that her co-wives intend to protect, at all costs.

Lola Shoneyin’s light and ironic touch exposes not only the rotten innards of Baba Segi’s polygamous household in this cleverly plotted story; it also shows how women no educated or semi-literate, women in contemporary Nigeria can be as restricted, controlled and damaged by men – be they fathers, husbands, uncles, rapists – as they’ve never been.



Author: Lola Shoneyin
ISBN: 978-1846687495
Country: Nigeria
Publisher: Profile; Main edition
Size (inches): 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.9
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback
Colour: Black & White
Weight 83 grams
Language: English
Publication Date: December 1, 2010

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Dimensions 12.3 x 19.7 cm

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Lola Shoneyin

Lola Shoneyin was born in Ibadan, Oyo State, and studied at Ogun State University and the London Metropolitan University. She teaches English and drama at an international school in Abuja. She is the author of three collections of poetry, So All the Time I was Sitting on an Egg, which was nominated for the ANA poetry prize in 1997, Song of a Riverbird, and For the Love of Flight. Shoneyin attended the Iowa International Writing Programme in 1999. In April 2014 she was named on the Hay Festival‘s Africa39 list of 39 Sub-Saharan African writers aged under 40 with potential and talent to define trends in African literature. Shoneyin is currently the director of Book Buzz Foundation, Nigeria- a non-governmental organisation whose main aims are promoting literacy through the creation of reading programmes for children, developing reading spaces and organising the Ake Arts and Book Festival. Lola lives in Lagos with her husband Olaokun Soyinka (a medical doctor and the son of Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka), four children and four dogs. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives is her first novel.