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D her sister from a legacy of silence many women in Morayo's family share Only Aunty Morenike once shielded by her own mother provides Morayo with a safe home and a sense of female community that sustains her as she grows into a young woman in bustling politically charged often violent Niger It s been a couple of days since I read this book all in one go because it was that good and I ve not been able to stop thinking about it It was a really powerful tale of girlhood womanhood relationships between mothers and daughters and also of generational silenceI ve had my eyes on this book for months and when my copy arrived I couldn t wait to dive in It was well worth the wait I laughed I cried and I was triggered by many parts of this book Yejide Kilanko did a great job of weaving so many elements together and over such a long period of timeWe re introduced to the MC Morayo when she s just five years old and we follow her through her life till she s well in her 30s The book is divided into 5 parts with all parts except one focused on Morayo One of the 4 parts is focused on Aunty Morenike and we re able to get an in depth look into her storyThere were so many themes discussed and I loved how the author dealt with them This is a Nigerian book set in Ibadan so it was really great to read all the names places foods and events that I could relate with especially the election subplotThis book evoked so many raw feelings in me and at so many points I wanted to enter the book and fight so many people We got to see a comparison of two mothers when faced with similar situations She also explored the harm that s brought about by the refusal of parents to be straight forward with children about sex and sexual activitiesI 100% recommend this book to anyone and everyone

REVIEW Daughters Who Walk This Path

Daughters Who Walk This Path

In Bros T moving in with the family At first Morayo and her sister are delighted but in her innocence nothing prepares Morayo for the shameful secret Bros T forces upon her Thrust into a web of oppressive silence woven by the adults around her Morayo must learn to fiercely protect herself an In her debut novel Daughters who walk this path Yejide Kilanko tells the story of Morayo a young woman with a burden to bear that when life seem to fall apart for her in her teens feels almost too heavy for her young body and too hurtful for her gentle soul Growing up in a busy extended family in Ibadan Nigeria she is surrounded by caring parents and loving aunties At the age of five her baby sister enters her life she is an afin an albino and as in many African traditional societies albinos are watched with suspicion and assumed to bring bad luck Morayo uickly accepts her role of protector for her young sister in ways than she can imagine Drawing on both her intimate knowledge of the realities in the country where she grew up and of experiences in her professional life in Canada Yejide Kilanko has created a deeply affecting and moving portrait of a young woman s struggle for survival and a life beyond pain and silence The author s storytelling is personal direct and lively Her sympathetic portrayal of Morayo s close and extended family the network of friends and neighbours gives the reader a realistic view and insight into complex community relationshipsMorayo and Eniayo live a childhood in relative comfort loved by their mother and adored by their father Both parents however have busy lives and the role of daily attention is handled by the aunties They come and go stay for a while and leave again The protection in the family also means that Morayo is trusting and cannot detect danger signs early enough Kilanko heads her chapters with relevant Nigerian proverbs such as The enemy lurks in the courtyard the evildoer lives in the home a thought provoking hint for the chapter that follows Despite the caring environment around her when Morayo is sexually assaulted by a family member a veil of silence descends on the family Secretive behaviour and lies are forced upon the young girl guilt is one sided How can the voice of a young girl be weighed against family ties and traditions Brought up with deep reverence and respect towards her elders obedience to her parents she has nowhere to turn How can she break the wall of silence that surrounds her and at the same time protect her younger sister Fortunately one of her visiting aunties senses what might have been happening to her niece and opens her heart to her Later to help Morayo confront her demons aunty Morenike tells her own story it has surprising parallels to Morayo s and both are heart breaking Through their growing friendships and closeness there is the hope for a path forward into a brighter future The young woman s inner struggle between following the rules set by her family and her fundamental need to be herself and stand up for who she has become is to say the least dramatic Kilanko conveys these emotions with great sensitivity understanding and writes with a confident handWhile DAUGHTERS is a deeply felt intimate story of Morayo and those around her the novel is also than that Kilanko adds just enough of the political and societal trends and tensions into the narrative to make us appreciate the challenges faced by young people especially women in modern day Nigeria Further underlying Morayo s story and reaching far beyond the specific settings of a place or country the author explores a range of fundamental moral uestions that apply everywhere where young children and teens can be exploited where traditions and norms restrict personal security and freedom especially for women How to stand up to domestic and sexual violence and ensure that the habits for secrets and lies in families and close knit communities are overcome so that they no longer destroy young people and their place in society Yejide Kilanko debut is an extraordinary achievement It is powerful and engaging and it makes me look for her next book already in production

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Spirited and intelligent Morayo grows up surrounded by school friends and family in busy modern day Ibadan Nigeria An adoring little sister their traditional parents and a host of aunties and cousins make Morayo's home their own So there's nothing unusual about her charming but troubled cous DAUGHTERS WHO WALK THIS PATH is a debut novel for Yejide Kilanko and she is going straight onto my must buy immediately she produces a new book list The problem is when you read a book that so profoundly moves you and drags you into the story immerses you completely and doesn t let you go until the very last page you know you are not going to be able to do justice to it in a review DAUGHTERS WHO WALK THIS PATH follows Morayo from her early childhood through her teenage years and on to adulthood Her family lives in Ibadan in Nigeria and is middle class so can afford to send their children to private schools and on to university Because of her status in society Morayo is fairly well sheltered from the violent aspects of being a woman in modern day Nigeria Protected that is until her cousin Bros T comes to stay with them and she is sexually abused by him Her silence is ensured when he threatens to do the same with her young sister if she tells At twelve years of age this is a heavy burden to place on a young girl When eventually she finally manages to tell her parents what is happening her relationship with her parents changes and she is driven to suicide This is the point where her aunt Morenike who has her own secrets steps in and takes Morayo under her wing a step that proves to be Morayo s lifeline and although her character changes as she tries to find her emotional place in the world her aunt remains a constantThe characters all come alive on the pages they are very well portrayed all have a role to play and all evolve as the book progresses even Bros T changes and evolves though not for the better Morayo has real growth as she overcomes the feelings of despair guilt and lack of self respect and discovers that she can find happiness Her relationship with her Aunt Morenike is something special indeed Through their relationship author Yejide Kilanko also manages to bring Nigeria alive for the reader A country that is vibrant and modern yet still seething with a violent underbelly seeped in superstition and reluctant to give up long established traditions DAUGHTERS WHO WALK THIS PATH is an enthralling read and should not be missed Yejide Kilanko s second book When Land Spirits Cross Big Waters is due for release in 2014 and I for one will be looking out for it and pre ordering as soon as I can


10 thoughts on “Daughters Who Walk This Path

  1. says:

    DAUGHTERS WHO WALK THIS PATH is a debut novel for Yejide Kilanko and she is going straight onto my ‘must buy immediately she produces a new book’ list The problem is when you read a book that so profoundly mov

  2. says:

    this is an incredibly strong debut novel from a very talented writer i found kilanko's style beautiful and though she is dealing with some very difficult heartbreaking subjects i was left feeling hopeful at the end i even had my eyes well up with tears twice in the last part of the story something that is a fairly rare occurrence for me when i read kilanko is not sappy or sentimental thoughi think what is so po

  3. says:

    Discussion of rape followsI really enjoyed the fact that this is a novel that is very heavily concerned with female characters and intense familial bonds between them I was ambivalent about the novel's portrayal of rape and response to it On the one hand the female characters are by and large depicted as having i

  4. says:

    In her debut novel Daughters who walk this path Yejide Kilanko tells the story of Morayo a young woman with a burden to bear that when life seem to fall apart for her in her teens feels almost too heavy for her young body and too hurtful for her gentle soul Growing up in a busy extended family in Ibadan Nigeria she is surrounded by caring parents and loving aunties At the age of five her baby sister enters her life she i

  5. says:

    My rating is actually 455I found myself unable to put down Daughters Who Walk This Path by Yejide Kilanko; so compelling was the story with rich characters multifaceted storylines and exceptional detail and care given to the very deep and emotional topics covered in this book While I do not intend to give anything away how

  6. says:

    Contemporary Nigeria trying to survive and thrive in a patriarchal society Morayo and her younger sister are girls who live with their family in a middle class existence Although dictators come and go very little political information is relayed in this book though missing girls and burnt buses are occasionally mentioned The author's focus

  7. says:

    It's been a couple of days since I read this book all in one go because it was that good and I've not been able to stop thinking about it It was a really powerful tale of girlhood womanhood relationships between mothers and daughters and also of generational silenceI've had my eyes on this book for months and when my copy arrived I couldn't wait to dive in It was well worth the wait I laughed I cried and I was triggered by many p

  8. says:

    I was so scared of reading Daughters Who Walk This Path I thought to myself When you finally read it what will you have to look forward toI was right Still amIt's a great way to begin the year but what am I to d

  9. says:

    Although both plot and characters are written with very little embellishment Kilanko is a very effective storyteller However there are some puzzling gaps in her narrative She makes sure we know that it is a big deal that Morayo the main character must go far from home to a different state on the other side of t

  10. says:

    Yejide Kilanko has used her storytelling abilities to tell overlapping coming of age stories and break the silence around cultural traditions and superstitions regarding albinism gender roles sexual molestation

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