Two words – Awesome read!
I have had this book in my custody for close to three months and I casually or better put, lakadiesikally read through the first few chapters (owing to activity and majorly laziness on my part to read), even then I knew it was an interesting read. Upon returning it (because I actually did not purchase it myself), I questioned within, why I haven’t gone through the book but for those first chapters and vexed, then I sunk in. No jokes fam, not only did I finish reading the entire literature same day, I almost slapped myself on the head when I realized how great the read was. Again, Awesome read!
Il start by telling you what this book is not. This book is not at all boring. It’s not your typical literature with sometimes complex plots. It is definitely not ambiguous and even with 348 pages, I felt a consistency I understood, I was not lost at any point. It is however, true to the story – ’29, Single and Nigerian’. It is relative; almost soo relative, I felt I had a similar story. It is hilarious; far from comedic though, as there was barely a deliberate intention by the author to be funny but rather, the bizzare yet realistic situations, the sarcasm and naivety mostly expressed by Edikan, had me literally in tears from laughing, sometimes I laughed soo hard, I had to caution myself that anyone coming into my room would think something strange was starting up with me. I will also commend Naijasinglegirl for the arrangement and ‘flow’ in this book. There was this transition from one reality to another that never felt like an interruption (like the switch from times at NYSC Camp, to her time at Aunty Agnes house which of course was usually a hilarious read for me, back to NYSC and more like that).
I fell in love with the friendship between Edikan and Bibi; soo real and selfless, one minute they are dissing themselves, the next, laughing at each other but most of the time, making conscious or subconscious sacrifices for one another (like how Edikan by default adds Bibi’s CV to every job application she sends and how Bibi slides money out of her earnings into Edikan’s purse when she knows her friend is broke).
Edikan’s ill fate with men was just a sorry tale yet funny still. If they were not younger than her, they were too old, too poor, potential rapist or, majority always seemed more attracted to her Big chest area and wanted more than she was willing to give.
Her hustle and unrelenting attitude, inspires me; Edikan in this book is a true definition of a ‘go-getter’ (hustler – calabar hustler as she herself admits), even though 90% of the time never actually saw her getting IT.
This book, I will personally recommend for everyone to read, especially young ladies in this generation where everything is a ‘perception’, plastic, unreal. Where there is a high expectation from society to either be rich or connected, pressure on ladies to either be married or to be in a progressing relationship and so everything goes, in order to fit in these created structures. It opened my understanding to the depth of the roth expectation causes and I did learn that placing ones faith in and expecting soo much from mundane things or mere man, is never healthy (see Edikan’s high hopes for a state; Lagos state, that eventually caused her soo much struggle, pain and if I might add, misfortune or her unrealistic checklist for her dream man; which she now accidentally found in George who, eventually left her heart broken and left her almost resentful).
“29, Single and Nigerian is an emotionally gripping, mesmerizing and humorous tale of survival you won’t forget in a hurry” – as the summary says and I couldn’t agree more.
Please find this book and enjoy every minute you’ll spend reading this.