I’d been anticipating the book’s release for months. In fact, I pre-ordered it and I rarely pre-order books (not because I think I’m cool or anything. I just like to wait for a few reviews so I don’t waste my money.) I mean, the title was enough to get me intrigued; “Nearly all the men in Lagos are mad”. Yes, Damilola, as a woman who has lived in Lagos (as an adult) since 2015, I would say that I completely concur!
About the book
“Nearly all the men in Lagos are mad by Damilola Kuku is a collection of twelve short stories featuring characters with unique voices and stories that represent the diverse class, gender and ethnic melting pot that is Lagos. From ikorodu to Yaba, ilupeju to Victoria island, the stories underscored with wit, humor, wisdom and sensitivity, the perils of trying to find lasting love and companionship in Africa’s most notorious city that will prove universal and illuminating.”
My copy arrived a few weeks before my vacation and I knew I’d have to take it with me! (I ended up reading just one story) I got back home and decided to pick it up. Let me just say, I wasn’t disappointed. It’s funny because I expected cliche stories of Lagos men being jerks and while it showcased Lagos men in all their mess, it wasn’t as cliche as I expected. The stories kept getting better as I read; the juicy secrets, the humor and relatability of it all won me over. Damilola made sure to also write from the men’s perspective in some stories and I appreciated that.
“Raise your hand if you’ve ever been personally victimized by
Regina George Lagos men.” *Group hug*
Nearly all the men in Lagos are mad. This is a quick, light read that will have you laughing and screaming! I’m glad we can all laugh at these stories, despite our past encounters with Lagos men. I’m glad this book exists.
So, shout out to Damilola for doing this, and I look forward to reading more of her work!
But I should have known that any man who could keep a clean white shirt at the end of a Lagos work day would be dangerous.
You will like this if:
- You like short stories.
- Books set in Lagos interest you.
- You like books written by African women.
- Lagos men have shown you “pepper”.
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