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Download The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives pdf ebook free by Lola Shoneyin The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives is a scandalous, engrossing tale of sexual politics and family strife in modern-day Nigeria. Lola Shoneyin’s bestselling novel bursts on to the stage in a vivid adaptation by Caine Award-winning playwright Rotimi Babatunde.

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Baba Segi has three wives, seven children, and a mansion filled with riches. But now he has his eyes on Bolanle, a young university graduate wise to life’s misfortunes. When Bolanle responds to Baba Segi’s advances, she unwittingly uncovers a secret which threatens to rock his patriarchal household to the core.

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. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives PDF

To the dismay of her ambitious mother, Bolanle marries into a polygamous family, where she is the fourth wife of a rich, rotund patriarch, Baba Segi. She is a graduate and therefore a great prize, but even graduates must produce children and her husband’s persistent bellyache is a sign that things are not as they should be. Bolanle is too educated for the ‘white garment conmen’ Baba Segi would usually go to for fertility advice, so he takes her to hospital to discover the cause of her barrenness.

Table of Content

Contents
The Alao Family
Chapter One
Bellyache
Chapter Two
Polygamist
Chapter Three
Heavy Period
Chapter Four
Cracks
Chapter Five
Sharing
Chapter Six
Rat Head
Chapter Seven
Queen
Chapter Eight
Trade
Chapter Nine
Iya Tope
Chapter Ten
Rogue
Chapter Eleven
Iya Segi
Chapter Twelve
Theater
Chapter Thirteen
Iya Femi
Chapter Fourteen
Homeward
Chapter Fifteen
Night Noises
Chapter Sixteen
Note
Chapter Seventeen
Results
Chapter Eighteen
Seed
Chapter Nineteen
Baba Segi
Chapter Twenty
Homecoming
Chapter Twenty-One
Washing Day
Chapter Twenty-Two
Victor
Chapter Twenty-Three
Out
Chapter Twenty-Four
Taju
Chapter Twenty-Five
Farewell
Chapter Twenty-Six
Silence
Chapter Twenty-Seven
Staying Power
Chapter Twenty-Eight
Bolanle
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Credits
Copyright
About the Publisher

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Blind acceptance splinters a polygamous marriage in Shoneyin’s gripping debut set in modern-day Nigeria. Bolanle Alao, the newest and youngest of Baba Segi’s wives, threatens to upset the balance of power–she is educated and beautiful, though naïve about the relationship dynamics among the other three wives in the house. Raped at 15, Bolanle considers herself disgraced and unwanted until Baba Segi, an overweight, malodorous businessman welcomes her into his family, no questions asked, until it seems she cannot conceive. Like the other wives, she feels she has been saved by Baba Segi, who accepts all of them politely, but beyond brief mentions of his sexual encounters and visits to the toilet, Baba Segi is a peripheral character. When greedy Iya Segi and Iya Femi plot to run young, sweet Bolanle out of the family, the result is disaster. It is Bolanle’s unexpected submissiveness that leads her and her husband to uncover a secret that forces him to assert his control over the family. Shoneyin masterfully disentangles four distinct stories, only to subtly expose what is common among them. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives PDF
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My book club read this as our book for Nigeria as we “read our way around the world.” We loved it. It’s written by a Nigerian author and set in modern-day, making the story extremely relevant. The characters are humorous (I was laughing out loud in some parts!), the writing is lively, and the message is much, much deeper than I expected. A thrilling book, and the perfect introduction to Nigeria. We were looking up interviews and articles with the author after we finished the book. I bought myself a copy after reading the library’s, simply because I enjoyed it so much.

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About the Author

Lola Shoneyin’s work includes three books of poems: So All the Time I Was Sitting on an Egg (1997), Song of a Riverbird (2002) and For the Love of Flight (2010) and two children’s books: Mayowa and the Masquerades (2010) and Iyaji, the Housegirl (2014). Her debut novel, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives (2010), was long-listed for the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction and won the PEN Oakland 2011 Josephine Miles Literary Award. After teaching both in Nigeria and abroad for many years, Shoneyin now lives in Lagos, Nigeria and organises the Ake Arts and Book Festival.

Originally published16 June 2010
 

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