The Secret Lives Of Baba Segi's Wives: A Novel by Lola ShoneyinThe Secret Lives Of Baba Segi's Wives: A Novel by Lola Shoneyin

The Secret Lives Of Baba Segi's Wives: A Novel

byLola Shoneyin

Hardcover | June 29, 2010

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African-born poet Lola Shoneyin makes her fiction debut with The Secret Lives of Babi Segi’s Wives, a perceptive, entertaining, and eye-opening novel of polygamy in modern-day Nigeria. The struggles, rivalries, intricate family politics, and the interplay of personalities and relationships within the complex private world of a polygamous union come to life in The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s WivesBig Love and The 19th Wife set against a contemporary African background.<_o3a_p>

Lola Shoneyin was born in Ibadan, Nigeria, but spent most of her childhood at boarding school in Edinburgh, Scotland. She studied English at Ogun State University and lives in Abuja, Nigeria, where she teaches English and drama at an international school. She is married to Olaokun Soyinka, the son of Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka. ...
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Title:The Secret Lives Of Baba Segi's Wives: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 7.5 × 5 × 0.97 inPublished:June 29, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061946370

ISBN - 13:9780061946370

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such a good read! I had no expectations of this book chosen by my book club and it was PHENOMENAL! I was kept on my toes wanting to hear more about each of the wives lives and how they made it to Baba and his chubby-self. Each wife has her own story, personality, quirks and strengths. Each wife has something to admire...
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Read!!! Baba Segi is a chubby, worthless but successful middle-aged man. His appetite for food, woman and sex are insatiable and is head of a house full of four wives: Iya Segi, Iya Tope, Iya Femi and Bolanle. Each wife has her own quirky personality: Iya Segi was Baba’s first wife who wields her power over the other wives, was malicious and would stop at nothing to preserve her position as the favoured wife and ruler of Baba Segi’s home; Iya Tope was Baba’s second wife who was bashful and timid. She was a decent woman whose hunger for life overshadowed her fears; Iya Femi was Baba’s third wife with expensive tastes and was a glutton for all things she desired no matter the cost; Bolanle is Baba’s fourth and final wife and unlike the other women, Bolanle is an educated and intelligent woman who must put up with unkind words from the other three wives. Their jealousy of Bolanle is palpable. One day the other wives make some food meant for Bolanle but one of the other wives’ children ate it and died! Will Baba Segi find out about this? Baba Segi was deeply disturbed that Bolanle wasn’t able to produce him any children like his other three wives and forces her to see a doctor. This turns out to be Baba Segi’s undoing. This was fabulous story with well developed characters and plot lines. I would recommend this for everyone.
Date published: 2010-08-21