Wednesday, 30 December 2015


 Feminist: A person who  believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

My Rating: 5 Stars

Number Of Pages: 48

Year Of Publication: 2014

This is a modified version of a talk I delivered in December 2012 at TEDxEuston, a yearly conference focused on Africa. Speakers from diverse fields deliver concise talks aimed at challenging and inspiring Africans and friends of Africa. I had spoken at a different TED conference a few years before, giving a talk titled 'The Danger of the Single Story' about how stereotypes limit and shape our thinking, especially about Africa. It seems to me that the word feminist, and the idea of feminism itself, is also limited by stereotypes. When my brother Chuks and best friend Ike, both co-organizers of the TEDxEuston conference, insisted that I speak, I could not say no. I decided to speak about Feminism because it is something I feel strongly about. I suspected that it might not be a very popular subject, but I hoped to start a necessary conversation. And so that evening as I stood onstage, I felt as though I was in the presence of family- a kind and attentive audience, but one that might resist the subject of my talk. At the end, their standing ovation gave me hope.- Written by the Author.

"Nuanced and rousing."- Vogue

"Adichie is so smart about so many things."- San Francisco Chronicle

 Some Excerpts From The Book
"We say to girls, 'You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful but not too successful, otherwise you will threaten the man. If you are the breadwinner in your relationship with a man, pretend that you are not, especially in public, otherwise you will emasculate him.'"

"The language of marriage is often a language of ownership, not of partnership. We use the word respect for something a woman shows a man, but not often for something a man shows a woman."

"We police girls. We praise girls for virginity but we don't praise boys for virginity (and it makes me wonder how exactly this is supposed to work out, since the loss of virginity is a process that usually involves two people of opposite genders)"

she's so beautiful :' )
Everything about this book screams genius! Adichie totally took all my thoughts about gender inequality and gracefully published them in this masterpiece. I believe women in this world aren't treated appropriately and I hope this book enlightens a lot of people and propels them to change their way of thinking . Please, Let's discard the 'a woman's only use is in the kitchen' notion and adopt the 'equality of sexes' one, to ensure world progress. You can watch Adichie's TED talk here and you can purchase the book here.

other books by the author :
The Thing Around Your Neck
Half of a Yellow Sun
and Purple Hibiscus ..

PS: Check out my favourite quotes page for new quotes and please endeavor to read this book.

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Top Ten Thursday- Top Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year

***Me in a bookshop***
"My heart says yes, but my account says otherwise."

Most readers can relate to this quote. I  can personally testify that most times when I step into a bookshop I always see seven- if not more- books I want to get. Sadly, the case is always that I budget for only two books :') Oh well, that's life Lol. Below is a list of books I wouldn't mind Santa leaving under my tree . (oh and if anyone is feeling benevolent and would like to get me one of these brilliant novels for Christmas, you can contact me here: or ) Thank you in advance. God Bless xx

The List 
 Odufa by Othuke Ominiabohs

Efuru by Flora Nwapa

 Last Night In The Viper Room by Gavin Edwards

 Sixty Percent Of A True Story by Osisiye Tafa

The Outcasts by Lubega Bonnie

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers

 How to be a Nigerian by Peter Enahoro

 Black Ass by A. Igoni Barrett

Me Before You and After You by Jojo Moyes

Obviously the list is endless, but I just had to put down what popped into my head first :)
P.S: Check out my favourite quotes page for new quotes xx
Merry Christmas in advance xoxo

Wednesday, 23 December 2015


Author: Tsitsi Dangarembga

Genre: African Fiction

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Year Of Publication: 1988

Number Of Pages: 204

Followed by: The Book of Not

This stunning first novel, set in colonial Rhodesia during the 1960s, centers on the coming of age of a teenage girl, Tambu, and her relationship with her British-educated cousin Nyasha. Tambu, who yearns to be free of the constraints of her rural village, especially the circumscribed lives of the women, thinks her dreams have come true when her wealthy uncle offers to sponsor her education. But she soon learns that the education she receives at his mission school comes with a price. At the school she meets the worldly and rebellious Nyasha, who is chafing under her father's authority. Raised in England, Nyasha is so much a stranger among her own people that she can no longer speak her native language. Tambu can only watch as her cousin, caught between two cultures, pays the full cost of alienation. ( Sourced from Goodreads )

First and foremost, this book was such an eye-opener. It spoke about Feminism so subtly that I didn't notice until I had read a substantial amount of the book.
It isn't your typical coming-of-age story with a boy meets girl, girl and boy fall in love kinda plot etc 
It's more than that; it opened my eyes to see that being an African teenager- especially a poor one- isn't a walk in the park. Many underprivileged  teenagers have to struggle to get a decent education. 
I'm grateful to Miss Dangaremgba for writing this very realistic  African story.
My best character had to be Tambu, we have a lot in common. 
I look forward to reading the Sequel : The Book Of Not, I'm itching to find out Nyasha's fate.
I guess I gave it 3.5 Stars, because I felt the end was rather abrupt, it needed something more.
You can obtain the book Here and also at the CSS bookshop, CMS, Lagos.

P.S: Check my favourite quotes page for new quotes xx

Wednesday, 9 December 2015


Author: Clare Mackintosh

Genre: Thriller | Crime

My Rating; 4 Stars

Year Of Publication: 2014

Number of pages: 371

      A  tragic accident.
  It all happened so quickly.
She couldn't have prevented it.
        Could she....

In a split-second, Jenna Gray's world descents into a night mare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows, to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life for ever.

Slowly, Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future. But her past is about to catch up with her, and the consequences will be devastating...

I seldom read crime and the likes, but this book didn't disappoint . It had me staying up late, telling myself things like "Okay, after this chapter I'll go to bed."
From the amazing prologue to the enthralling plot twist, I Let You Go is definitely an amazing debut.
Oh and Thank you Danny for lending me this lovely book <3
You can purchase this book Here and Here as well.

Welcome to December, (Lol i know i'm a bit late)
A month of lights, presents and oodles of love, and of course Jollof rice :)
; time to make amends and tie loose ends; finish off what you started and hope your wishes come true.
And also to celebrate the King of Kings, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ <3 
P.S: Check out my Favourite quotes page for new quotes x
Have a lovely month xoxo

Tuesday, 3 November 2015


Author: Dan Brown

Genre: Conspiracy Fiction

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Year Of Publication: 2013

Number Of Pages: 461


'Seek      and     ye      shall       find'
With these words echoing in his head, eminent Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon awakes in a hospital bed with no recollection of where he is or how he got there. Nor can he explain the origin of the macabre object that is found hidden in his belongings.

A threat to his life will propel him and a young doctor, Sienna Brooks, into a breakneck chase across the city of  Florence. Only Langdon's knowledge of the hidden passageways and ancient secrets that lie behind its historic facade can save them from the clutches of their unknown pursuers.

With only a few lines from Dante's dark and epic masterpiece, Inferno, to guide them, they must decipher a sequence of codes buried deep within some of the most celebrated artifacts of the Renaissance- sculptures, paintings, buildings - to find the answers to a puzzle which may, or may not, help them save the world from a terrifying threat....

                     "The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis."
Inferno is a thought-provoking novel. It had me perpetually on the edge of my chair, which is odd, because initially when I came across the book I thought I would hate it.
Before reading Inferno, I never  gave overpopulation much thought, but reading it made me fear for the future inhabitants of this earth. I loved how Dan Brown drew me into the story and made me feel I was on the run with Professor Langdon and Dr.Brooks.
Although all the references to Dante's inferno and the seven levels of hell made my skin crawl, I absolutely could not put the book down. 
Inferno took me from Florence to Venice to Istanbul and I loved every bit of it. I've learnt so much and I do not see why you should not get this book right now!
You can obtain the book Here

Other books by the author;
The Da Vinci Code,
Angels & Demons,
The Lost Symbol and
Deception Point ...etc

P.S: Check out my favourite quotes page for new quotes :)

Wednesday, 14 October 2015


I don't know why this picture appeals to me, but oh well :)
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Author: Christie Watson

Genre:Contemporary/ African Fiction

Year Of Publication: 2011

My Rating: 4 Stars

Blessing and her older brother, Ezekiel, are wrenched from their pampered life in Ikeja when father leaves home for another woman. They move to a village near Warri to live with their grandparents.

The sprawling family compound is a place of wonder and mystery. Grandfather Alhaji is a firm believer in the healing properties of Marmite, while Grandma has a secret profession. And then there's Alhaji's new wife, Celestine. But as Blessing settles into this new life, she realises that things are not as idyllic as they seem. Ezekiel and Mama are drawn into separate worlds of fear and love that threaten to tear the family apart
Tiny Sunbirds is an evocative novel about the political and environmental catastrophe taking place in the Niger Delta and the power of community and resistance.

"An excellent novel. It takes the reader deep into the reality of ordinary life in Nigeria and is also funny, moving and politically alert."- Giles Foden, author of The Last King of Scotland

Christie Watson accurately and subtly dipicted the lifestyle of a troubled family in the chaotic  Niger Delta .Being that she isn't Nigerian, she brilliantly gave Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away the bitter-sweet conclusion it had. She did a great job; tended to every detail and I respect her for that.
I doubtlessly loved how the book was written in story form, Blessing being the narrator. I absolutely loved it. The only sour parts in this story were the births which Grandma and Blessing performed, I guess they were just too explicit for me to soak in. 
My favourite character had to be Grandma, because she was a wise woman, despite the fact that she was uneducated.
You can obtain this novel Here

Christie Watson
P.S; Check out my favourite quotes page xx

Saturday, 3 October 2015


Author: Leslie Gould

Genre: Fiction ( Contemporary)

Year Of Publication: 2005

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

In 1975, an American girl named Genevieve loses her mother when a plane full of orphans crashes in war-ravaged Vietnam. Miles away in the countryside, seven-year-old Lan, a Vietnamese girl, is forced out of her family home by her own brother who has joined the Viet Cong. Worlds apart, these two girls come into womanhood struggling to recover a sense of family- until their journeys suddenly converge.

Lan has grown up in the harsh realities of post-war Vietnam, but she yearns for a better life for her children. Meanwhile, Genevieve marries and, faced with infertility, decides to adopt a child from the country her own mother loved so deeply. But the uncertainty and risk of international adoption threatens to overwhelm both women before their hearts and their families can be healed.

Beyond the Blue is the story of enormous losses, unthinkable choices, and the transforming power of God's love for the children of the world.

My favourite character has to be Jeff Taylor ( Genevieve's husband) because he had a very optimistic character and always had faith in God, even when there were dark clouds. I love this book so much, because it gave me an insight into how bad the Vietnamese war was. I had no idea that there was even a war like that that took place, I'm so glad I read Beyond the blue . In my own opinion, I think this book is about having faith in God and learning how to put all your trust in your maker- always. And I learnt a few Vietnamese phrases too :)
You can acquire the book Here  

Other books by Leslie Gould:
The Amish Seamstress
The Amish Bride
Courting Cate
The Amish Nanny
The Amish Midwife
Scrap Everything....etc

P.S: Please check out my favourite qoutes pages for new qoutes xx

Wednesday, 9 September 2015


Author: Francine Rivers

Genre: Fiction (Christian)

Year Of Publication: 1997

My Rating: 5 Stars

Dynah Carey's life is just as she'd always dreamed it would be. Engaged to a wonderful man, the daughter of doting parents, a faithful child of God, she has it all.
 But in one horrific, terrifying moment, Dynah's world is shattered by rape, her future irrevocably altered by an unwanted pregnancy, her family torn apart by the tragedy and the long-held secrets it brings to light.
 As the firm foundations around her shift and crumble, Dynah's faith is pushed to the limits, and she faces the most momentous choice of her life- to embrace or to end the untimely life within her.

"Rivers proves once more she can keep readers transfixed and wanting more." -Christian Retailing
This story literally had me in tears :') I guess it's quite obvious now that i'm obsessed with christian fiction, because I always award them 5 stars-always. I mean what's not to love about them? And Francine Rivers is such a wondeful writer.
 Atonement Child surrounds a very sensitive topic, rape. And I think the author really handled the topic appropriately. There is so much to say about this book, but all I can say is that God has a special way of turning your sorrow into a song of praise!
You can purchase the book Here 

Other books by the author :
 Redeeming Love (literally the best book out there)
 The Scarlet Thread ( reading this soon :D)
 The Last Sin Eater
 Leota's Garden
 The Shofar Blew .... and so many more 

PS: Check out my Favourite Quotes pages for new qoutes x

Wednesday, 2 September 2015


 Hi! Happy new month everyone! To quote on of my favourite bloggers, Demilade Aina of Coco-Bella Blog; September is the month of new beginnings! And what better way to celebrate the new month than to start a few new habits and regimens. Below is a list of five things I think every reader should own or incorporate whilst reading ! (Demilade's Blog Here)

1. Chamomlie Tea
Chamomile tea has been consumed for hundreds of years. It is made by infusing German chamomile (Matricaria recutita), a member of the sunflower family, in hot water. Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) is also beneficial, but most research has been done on German chamomile and it is the most commonly used in teas
Better Sleep
Chamomile tea’s most well-known benefit is as a sleep aid. It is known for its relaxing and soothing properties and is often taken before bed to promote restful sleep. Chamomile Tea has other benefits too; it helps with menstural cramps, it's also a cold fighter and even a wound healer! I suggest a hot mug of this tea should be consumed right before or during your reading time.
This is definitely going in my next shopping list :)

Bookmarks come in different shapes, sizes, designs and can even be homemade rather than store-bought. I urgue you guys to get one, because dog-ears are so nasty and they leave fold marks on the pages ( It makes the books look haggard and unkempt) .They absolutely irritate me when I spot them. I think this is something all true bibliophiles should invest in.

3. Pillows

Believe it or not, pillows actually play a great part in a reader's life. The way a pillow is postioned can ultimately determine how long you can read for. If you use a comfortable pillow, the chances of you covering a lot of pages are high, whereas if you use a not-so comfortable pillow, you might even stop reading all together. So, pillows are very important!

4. Soothings ointments and balms
It is ideal for every reader to be calm whilst reading, so as to grasp every single content of the book, but unfortunately I don't really know any decent balms or ointments, but I will definitely get back to you guys when i'm done with my trail and error ;)

5. Biscuits
Biscuits are like the best things to snack on whilst reading. They help you relax and they're also good for exercising your jaws and plus they're delicious :)

Thank you for reading. Have a lovely month!
PS: Check out my favourite quotes page for new quotes xx

Friday, 28 August 2015



Author: Sefi Atta

Genre: Fiction

Year Of Publication: 2008

My Rating: 3 Stars

It is the mid 1980s in Lagos and the governement's War Against Indiscipline and austerity measures are fully in operation. Tolani Ajao is secretary working at Federal Community Bank. A succession of unfortunate events lead Tolani's roomate and colleague, Rose, to persuade her to consider drug trafficking as an alternative means of making a living. Tolani's subsequent struggle with temptation forces her to reconsider her morality and that of her mother Arike's, as she embarks on a turbulent journey of self discovery.- Written by author.

"The bustle, choas and fast rhythm of Lagos jump from the pages of Swallow, Sefi Atta's new book. It is fiction steeped in life."  - Veronique Tadjo, author of As the Crow Files

Don't judge a book by It's cover. That's one thing I learnt from reading this novel. I guess I was so allured by the cover, that I expected too much from the book. In spite of the dissapointment, I enjoyed this very brief story and I also learnt a few new words. Sefi Atta could have  done better, considering how wonderful Everything Good Will Come was for me. The most important lesson I learnt from Swallow is that drug trafficking  is a no-no and using drugs also is detrimental to your health - obviously.

You can acquire the novel Here and also at the Jazz Hole, Shop No. 168, Awolowo Road, Ikoyi.

Sefi Atta (I adore her name)

P.S: Check out my Favourite Quotes Page :)

Other books by the author:

Everything Good Will Come
It's My Turn
News From Home...

Friday, 21 August 2015


-Sourced from
Author: Taiye Selasi

Genre: Fiction

Year Of Publication: 2013

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Ghana Must Go is doleful tale about reunion, love and misunderstanding. - Written by Chiamaka Amonye

   Meet the Sais, a Nigerian-Ghanaian family living in the United States. A family prospering until the day father and surgeon Kweku Sai is the victim of a grave injustice.
Ashamed, he abandons his beautiful wife Fola and their little boys and girls, causing the family to fracture and spiral out into the world- New York, London, West Africa, New England - on uncertain, troubled journeys until, many years later, tragedy unites them. Now this broken family has a chance to heal - but can the Sais take it? - Written by Taiye Selasi

The author's summary says it all. I didn't quite enjoy the beginning of the book, because it was a drag (long and boring) but my friends convinced me to continue. I thank God I did, because it was such a sad and beautiful story. I got a bit confused due to the constant jumping from past to present. Nevertheless, it was an awesome debut. Kudos to Ms Selasi. I got comments about the book from my friends. Here they are:

"The beginning is quite confusing as she switches from past to the present a lot, but eventually you get the full picture and start to enjoy the book." - Demilade Aina

"Slow and confusing at the beginning, then gets great towards the end." - Daniella Taiwo
You can purchase the book Here .

Taiye Selasi ( Author)
P.s: Check out my favourite qoutes page :)

Wednesday, 12 August 2015


    Hey there! I hope everyone is having an awesome week, I know I am :) 
I just checked my O' Level result; glory be to God I did well (5As and 4Bs) Anywho, onto more important things. My bestfriend, Enenma -Enny for short- is into writing .She's a literary enthusiast, she is all for peoms, art, music and so much more ! Her blog will be launched on the 20th of this month- yay :). Here are two of her short stories. Enjoy x


    I stood on the bridge waiting for you to come Freidrich. Why weren't you there  ? You promised you'd be there waiting by noon.  I'm so worried now Freidrich, you know I'm a paranoid person. They told me it would happen, but I didn't believe it. Am I going mad because of  you ?  Yes, I am. Freidrich please come. Don't leave me waiting on the bridge. The fog is too thick to see anything. I need you now. Why haven't you come yet ? I can see a figure now. He's coming closer. I'm scared Freidrich. Wait, is that you Freidrich. No! No, it's him Freidrich, it's him! He looks like the devil himself. Help me please Freidrich. Please where are you  ?
   It's too late now. I'm bleeding Freidrich. My stomach is covered in blood.
You didn't come and now I'm dying Freidrich. It's getting dark Freidrich. My eyesight is hazy. I can hear footsteps. It sounds like someone running Freidrich. He's staring at me Freidrich. Oh wait, it's you.
                                                                                      -Written By Enenma Ibekwe


"Maria" They shouted. I turned back to stare at all the glaring pupils of dissappoinment, fear, hope, sadness and melancholy. He came close to the ledge where I sat and placed his hand on my back. "Don't jump, I beg of you, " he whispered in my ear. A tear drop began to roll down my cheek and I tasted its saltiness at the edge of my mouth. I scanned the purple bruises on my arms and began to cry some more. I stared at the deep blue water. He whispered, "I won't let him hurt you, I promise." I watched him as he tried to untie the hefty rock perched beside me. As he nudged, I looked at his pale blue eyes. I turned to kiss him and right before his lips touched mine, I fell. I fell hard into the dark abyss. I struggled to gaze vaguely at those perfect eyes one last time, but he was too far. I cried as I silently began to drown. I didn't struggle with the rock for there was no hope. It was all over. Gone.
                                                                -Written By Enenma Ibekwe

You can contact Enenma on:
Twitter: @nemssnextdoor
Instagram: Nemssnextdoor
P.S: Check out my favourite qoutes page for new quotes x

Sunday, 9 August 2015


    I have decided to show a few books I have read, of which I will not be posting a full review on. The reason being, I cannot remember the full story line of some of them, but I do not want you guys to see some of these novels and turn a blind eye, simply because I failed to inform you about how good or how bad the book is.Whatever the case may be, here are a few books from  my near infinite list of good reads.... :)  

5 stars
This has to be the best book I have ever encountered.
 It has a wonderful story line and an inspiring conclusion. Get it.

4.5 starsThis book gave me so much life;
 I am totally itching to read the sequel.Get it.
4.5 stars
I loved the traditional igbo setting.Get it.
4 stars
Get this novel. That is all I have to say.Get it.
4 stars
Lovely story, sad ending.
Nonetheless, John Green deserves all the laud for this wonderful book.Get it.

2 stars
Boring. Boring. Boring. I forced myself to finish this book.
4.5 stars 
I need not say much; Chimamanda did good . Get it.
4 stars 
Nothing like anything I have ever read. (  in a good way though)Get it.
4.5 stars
Thumbs up Lola!
This novel accurately depicts the polygamous lifestyle.Get it.
4 stars
I loved it; I still love it.Get it.

3.5 stars
I wish I read this book under a less distracting condition.Get it.

   So, my birthday was this Sunday - The 2nd of August - and I received a few really nice novels from different friends and also a few family members. I will post reviews of each and every one of them soon :) Here they are : 

I got this from my dear friend, Demilade. She is  the sweetest.
Here's  her wonderful Fashion & Lifestyle blog :)

My dad got me this . 

My dear friend, Reme got me this.

I apologize for the inappropriate picture orientation.
Thank you for reading x
P.S: Please check out my favourite quotes page for inspirational quotes :)

Saturday, 25 July 2015


Author: Ben Okri

Genre: Fiction

Year of publication: 2007

My rating: Four and half stars

 Starbook tells a magical tale of a prince, a maiden and  her artistic clandestine  tribe. The prince was not from her tribe though, but he grew to be a member. The maiden on the other hand ,was on her own journey of self discovery; born into the family of one of the most respected artists in the tribe - a legacy rested upon her shoulders ,but she was a very odd girl awaiting her own destiny and legacy. Read to find out  more! -Written by Chiamaka Amonye

   At one level, Starbook tells the delicate story of a prince and a maiden who are both tested by trails in a mythical land where art, initiation and dynamic stillness are supremely important.
    At another level, this rich and stimulating novel opens up the nature of reality, where the essence of life is  revealed, and the source of enchantment can be ours- where beauty , regeneration and fulfillment are perhaps possible. -Written by Ben Okri

          'We are listeners at the oracle. 
       Those who truly hear are touched and changed.'

My Verdict
   I personally like this book. I searched for it for about a year or so and fortunately for me,  I found it in the library at Ikoyi club, Ikoyi. I won't lie it took me a very long time to finish it, which is so unlike me.
But regardless, it is a lovely novel . 
   I seriously implore you guys to get this novel .Why? Because I have learnt so much from it. I discovered some new words like : elegiac, ardor, pathos and a lot more. And if you are a vigilant person, you would have observed from my Favourite Quotes page that this novel has a lot of magnetic quotes.
  The only issue I had with Starbook would be that it's quite lingering, but it was still worth the wait .
You can acquire it Here and Here also :)

Other books by Ben Okri:

      Flowers and Shadows
    The Landscapes Within
The Famished Road
                 Astonishing the Gods ...and many more x

Thanks for reading xoxo
P.S: Check out my favourite quotes page for new quotes :)