Book Reviews

Kilanko’s characters are affecting and admirable; her storytelling agile and persuasive; her dialogue convincing and funny. Kilanko’s primary job in social work and child protection allows her a deep understanding of victimization. She leaves us with a sense of a Nigerian woman’s heroism in the face of social prejudice. Morayo and her aunt Morenike walked us down a path we hope we will be able to meet them on again.

-Toronto Star

Yejide Kilanko has a lively style – she conveys the profound difference between cultures in Nigeria’s small towns and large cities with great skill – and a strong grasp of the material. She understands exactly how male privilege operates, and her account of Morayo’s unrestrained promiscuity during her university years rings painfully true.

-NOW Magazine

Morayo’s story is universal and women around the world will relate.

-Winnipeg Free Press

Ultimately, Daughters Who Walk This Path is an unflinching representation of the attitudes that existed – and in some places still do exist – toward victims of sexual assault. Kilanko’s true accomplishment is to give readers access to the women’s pain and, sometimes, their redemption.

-The Globe and Mail

Kilanko…uses the characters of Morayo and Morenike to transcend geographical borders and create a stirring novel about the universal experience of a girl’s journey to womanhood, within the unique vision of her native country.

-Minnesota StarTribune

It is not often a novel contains such an array of finely etched female characters; every one of them as individual as a woman you might encounter on the street. The interpersonal dynamics between mothers and daughters especially are masterfully achieved through dialogue, cadence, and inflection of voice.

-National Post

Growing up in Ibadan, Nigeria, in the 1980s, Morayo has an idyllic childhood playing with her beloved younger sister, Eniayo, and falling in love with a thoughtful schoolmate, Kachi. But Morayo’s life is turned upside down when her cousin, the surly and manipulative Bros T, slips into her room one night and assaults her. The attacks continue until Morayo, fearing Eniayo will suffer the same fate, tells her parents what Bros T has done to her. Bros T is sent away, but no one in Morayo’s family will speak to her about her ordeal, until her aunt Morenike, who was also raped as a teenager, takes Morayo under her wing and offers her niece an outlet for her pain and anger. Morayo earns a place at the University of Lagos, but her many dalliances with boys at school garner her an unwanted reputation. When Kachi unexpectedly comes back into her life, Morayo can’t envision a future for them. Kilanko’s debut is a powerful and completely involving bildungsroman that peels back the layers of women’s lives in modern-day Nigeria. —-

-Kristine Huntley (Book List)

-Cassietta Jefferson, Independent Book Reviewer for PWICU Reviews