Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad

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Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad

Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad

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When I first started this book, I saw a review that criticized the author's use of 'Nigerian English' and I thought the person was, well, silly.

This book is full of realistic, flesh and blood characters, crass descriptions and understandable motives.

This was a quick read (read it in a day, in a few hours) and would highly recommend it if you need a quick read as a transition between two heavy books. Anyone who could keep a white shirt clean at the end of the day in Lagos deserved a standing ovation. When it comes to relationships, you are lucky if you get a happy beginning and a not-so-terrible ending. Again like all the books I read by Nigerian female authors, the book has a nice warm Nollywood feel.

Could not for the life of me push through this book, way too many sex scenes that are completely unnecessary,random and forced.

More than half of the time, women are on the receiving end of bad decisions and selfish acts by men. An example is when Kenny’s mother in ‘Swiped Right’ speaks ill of Bella for being on Tinder but thinks that it is men being men when Kenny brings it up that his cousin must have been on Tinder to have met her there. The polygamous inclinations of African men are deeply explored in this book, as is their propensity to find logic in double-standards. A beautiful, touching and heartbreaking collection short stories, that might ring true for many men in Lagos but are almost all relateable to me as an Indian woman too.

So, if anyone can collate stories about the madness of the men, there deserves to be one revealing the madness of the women. Women in different chapters had to deal with objectification, oversexualization, condemnation, rape, second guessing of themselves. Life is too short to stifle laughter, and Kuku's masterpiece is guaranteed to tickle your funny bone like no other.Kuku's writing style is delightfully irreverent, and he fearlessly tackles taboo subjects with a touch of satire. There’s a story of a young lady who tries to find her oyibo soulmate on the streets of Lagos; another of a pastor’s wife who defends her husband from an allegation of adultery; a wife takes a knife to her husband’s penis; a night of lust between a rising musician and his Instagram baddie takes an unexpected turn. As a woman of African origin, I've heard all these crazy stories about men betraying the women they claim to love and respect. From cheating husbands, a mommy's boy, an impotent husband, a side chick, to closeted gay husbands, and many more.

However, it was an interesting read and made me reflect on the nature of romantic relationships in this society. Honestly, the collection wasn't as diverse as I wanted it to be- but then again, the title told us exactly what to expect. it deftly analyses the various archetypes women are likely to encounter in the dating scene in the city – from serial cheaters, to mummy’s boys, from the ‘fake it till you make it’ adherents to the ones who can’t commit. This part of it, including the extensive use of complex and hard-to-read sentences, would have benefited from good editing. Almost two years later, Ugochukwu Ugonna’s ‘Who Drove Nearly All the Men in Lagos Mad’ hits the market.You liked me so much I had no choice but to start liking myself, to start acting respectable, like someone who had something special waiting for them back home. I finished the first 4 stories and completely stopped on the 5th story because I didn't sign up for all that. I have to say I really like Damilare's writing style and I definitely can't wait to read more from her in the future.

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