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Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad

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Honestly, the collection wasn't as diverse as I wanted it to be- but then again, the title told us exactly what to expect. This part of it, including the extensive use of complex and hard-to-read sentences, would have benefited from good editing. All in all, captivating read, very Nigerian, and funny in some places, also very sad if you're the sort to think about it. That's the opening line of the book and through it's 12 short stories you're led through one experience after another of women from all walks of life being shown pepper and how they managed to make pepper soup or shito!

Beautiful to note is the simplicity of the language in the book, which makes it an easy read for anyone. The collection starts strong with a witty story that adds a touch of sad shame, but that story gets the reader invested and you are already priming yourself for more. This to me is madness, that this man seems to get the victim position when they both are secretive and toxic to each other. As usual with short stories, I’m often left dissatisfied as I feel some stories could be explored more but I understood the stories for what they were and tried to enjoy them as such.The humor in the novel cannot be missed, in ‘That Weekend in August’, the author helps us to relive the 6 am warm water and salt bath broadcast that went around after the Ebola virus outbreak. The men in this book are liars, cheats, scammers, and largely undeserving of the women in their lives.

You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. The last page in the book felt like the author was patronizing ‘Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad’. A compelling read, but it gets two stars less from me: one for the use of "Nigerian English", and a second for a thoroughly misleading book title.

Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad underscores with wit, humour, wisdom and sensitivity, the perils of trying to find lasting love and companionship in Africa's most notorious city.

Her debut collection of stories, Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad, became a runaway bestseller in Africa upon its release in 2021, and was named the bestselling fiction title of 2022 in Nigeria, with international editions following in the UK (Swift Press), US (HarperVia) and Germany (Peter Hammer Verlag). Kuku delivers right up to the end with a story that seems set apart from the rest of the collection because there isn’t any humor, which carries the bulk of these stories. As a woman of African origin, I've heard all these crazy stories about men betraying the women they claim to love and respect. I have to say I really like Damilare's writing style and I definitely can't wait to read more from her in the future. In Kenya, we have street slang saying in Swahili, "soko ni chafu", loosely translated as "the market is dirty".Life is too short to stifle laughter, and Kuku's masterpiece is guaranteed to tickle your funny bone like no other. There's a story of a young lady who tries to find her oyibo soulmate on the streets of Lagos; another of a pastor's wife who defends her husband from an allegation of adultery; a wife takes a knife to her husband's penis; a night of lust between a rising musician and his Instagram baddie takes an unexpected turn. A collection of short stories, structured as case-studies, and a form of love letter in solidarity with the women who have survived romantic relationships with men in Lagos…. What I didn't like about the book is that because of the title and the entire premise of the short-story collection, you knew how every story was going to end with a man breaking a woman's heart. At a point, the POVs switch to the males in the stories, but the message remains the same: Lagos men take stupidly selfish decisions regarding love and sex.

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