Last month, His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie was our book recommendation. Let us know if you enjoyed it! For the month of October, we’re taking a look at Ogadinma Or, Everything Will Be All Right by Ukamaka Olisakwe.
About the Book
Ukamaka Olisakwe’s heart-wrenching novel tells the story of the naïve and trusting Ogadinma as she battles against Nigeria’s deeply-ingrained patriarchal systems in the 1980s, a time of coups, food shortages and religious extremism.
After a rape and unwanted pregnancy leave her exiled from her family in Kano, thwarting her plans to go to university, she is sent to her aunt’s in Lagos and pressured into a marriage with an older man.
As their whirlwind romance descends into abuse and indignity, Ogadinma is forced to channel all of her independence and resourcefulness into finding her voice and strength in the face of abuse and cultural expectations.
Ukamaka Olisakwe grew up in Kano, Nigeria, and now lives in Vermillion, South Dakota. She has had her works appear in the New York Times, Granta, Longreads, The Rumpus, Catapult, Rattle, Waxwing, Brittle Paper, and more. Ukamaka’s books include Eyes of a Goddess (2012) and Ogadinma (2020) and is currently working on her third book.
Where to buy Ogadinma by Ukamaka Olisakwe