A GRANTA Most Popular Fiction From 2020. Named one of the 50 Notable African Books of 2020 by Brittle Paper, YNaija’s Notable Books of the Year; the Book of the Month by One Read Africa, Kawe Africa; Author Spotlight by African Writers Trust.
Ogadinma Or, Everything Will be All Right is a tale of departure, loss and adaptation; of mothers who experience trauma at the hands of controlling men, leaving them with burdens they find too much to bear. After an episode of abuse results in exile from her family in Kano, thwarting her plans to go to university, seventeen-year-old Ogadinma is sent to her aunt’s house in Lagos. When a whirlwind romance with an older man descends into indignity, she is forced to channel her strength and resourcefulness to escape a fate that appears all but inevitable.
A feminist classic in the making, Ukamaka Olisakwe’s second novel introduces a heroine for whom it is impossible not to root and announces the author as a gifted chronicler of the patriarchal experience.
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PRAISE FOR OGADINMA
‘This smart, unforgettable novel sings out with an earnest hope for an end to intergenerational abuse.’ — Publishers Weekly
‘Ukamaka Olisakwe has written an unflinching portrait of survival and strength. The story of Ogadinma’s indomitable character and her harrowing journey is deeply moving. Olisakwe has proven to be a fearless writer, and I am grateful for this powerful work.’ —Julianna Baggott, author of The Seventh Book of Wonders
‘Olisakwe’s affecting novel begins with a gut punch and ends in an epiphany. Written in vivid, engaging prose, this is the story of one woman’s journey to independence.’– Chinelo Okparanta, author of Under the Udala Trees
‘A stirring, unflinching novel that further cements Olisakwe as an important feminist voice.’ — Rob Spillman, co-founder of Tin House and author of All Tomorrow’s Parties
‘An intimate and dazzling exploration of the life and times of a young Nigerian woman whose move to the capital city of Lagos leads to a series of encounters, which are by turns disorienting, revelatory and tragic.’ —Christopher Merrill, author of Self-Portrait with Dogwood
‘The writing in this novel is crisp, the pace is measured, and the prose is beautiful. Olisakwe has had plenty of experience in this genre, such that the writing appears effortless though one knows that a lot of effort would have gone to the writing.’ –Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún, The Lagos Review
‘Ogadinma digs out a range of emotions—rage, expectation, admiration, admonition—which keep the reader turning page after page. The tale feels both historical and current, propelled by a steady narrative and characters that keep the reader hoping that everything will be all right.’ —Harriet Anena, The Columbia Journal
‘This novel is not just a woman’s descent into subjugation. It is more than that. It is centred within the feminist discourse which is one of hope and empowerment.’ —The Book Bag
‘An unflinching portrait of female survival and inner strength in the face of multiple harrowing obstacles in modern-day Nigeria.’ —Bookanista
‘This novel not only delivers a searing account of women’s lives and treatment in a patriarchal society, but also bite-sized history lessons on Nigeria.’ —Literandra
‘In crisp and measured prose Ukamaka Olisakwe has constructed a brutal and brilliant portrait of a woman escaping the clutches of men. Men who would suffocate her, mind & body, if they were given half a chance.’ — Alice Brady, Brady on Books
‘Ogadinma a deeply local, truly Nigerian, but at the same time, a universally relatable story.’ —Ripley From Bookland