Waila Reads: “The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives”

Someone’s been doing an awful lot of reading lately. I’ve always been an avid reader but over the last three months I’ve been averaging two books a week. I feel like I’ve entered a reading competition only I’m not sure what the prize is. It’s probably just a phase but while it lasts, I’m making the most of it.

For my fellow readers, I thought I’d recommend a few books for you to read. One at a time though; I don’t want to bombard or bankrupt you.

I considered reviewing each book on my list but I thought I’d keep my opinions to myself. Some of them are brilliant reads and others somewhat lacklustre but I’ll let you make up your own minds.

Consider this an online book club of sorts and please, don’t hesitate to recommend any books you think I ought to read.

The first book I recommend is ‘The Secret  Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives.’  It is written by Lola Shoneyin, a poet and novelist I recently discovered. If you have any thoughts on this book, please post them as comments on this entry. I really want to know what other people think of it.

Go on, get reading!!


Waila Caan


I love all three covers but my favourite is the one on the right, which is the Nigerian cover. The one on the left is the US cover and in the middle, the UK cover.


  1. Aaargh! For some strange reason the positions of the covers changed after I published the post. The cover with the black background is the Nigerian cover. The one with the green background is the US cover and the third, the UK cover.


  2. Thoroughly enjoyed it , quite interesting the way things played out, i also wondered how many mama segi’s are out there now
    i read ” i do not come to you by chance” by adaobi nwaubani next. great book! now looking for my next book..and i am totally up for an online book club, as long as they sell on ibooks hahaha


  3. I don’t even want to think about the number of Mama Segi’s running the streets. I choose to believe they are few and far between. The converse doesn’t bear thinking about!
    I’ve read “I do not come to you by chance’ as well. All ama say is ‘speak to me!’ LMAO


  4. @Tee: Hi Tee. Depends where in the world you are. If you’re in the UK or US it is available to order on Amazon. In the UK it’s also available in WHSmith. If you’re in Nigeria, you can pick it up from the bookshop in Shoprite…I forget what it’s called.


  5. Hmm i enjoyed reading it..

    will give it three star. i am lookin forward to reading the other reccomendation. keep it flowing


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