Ogadinma: (Everything Will Be All Right).
The story was very engaging and relatable from the first page to the last.
Ogadinma tells the tale of what women go through in a world that is designed for men. It’s painfully true, intriguing and very insightful. It shows the experience of women at the hands of men who want to control them until the women find it too much to bear.
Please check for trigger warnings.
Some include- domestic abuse, Sexual assault, Emotional abuse, Rape, and Abortion.
One thing I didn’t enjoy was the suffering of women. It is well depicted here which had me all in my feelings. I kept on sighing at some point. Ogadinma was so heartbreaking, it was sad to read the things she had to go through. However, one thing I kept on telling myself was that Ogadinma- Everything will be alright so I kept on reading.
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.
Nothing about Ogadinma’s story is new, it’s the stories we hear day to day, It’s things we go through as women or experience other women go through.
Ukamaka Olisakwe is such a gifted and beautiful story writer. Ukamaka painted vivid images which really engaged me as a reader and once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down until I was done. She did a good job telling us everything will be alright at the end by showing there was hope and much more opportunities for her which I really loved.
Also, understand that the choices Ogadinma made were a result of choices and options available to her at that time.
Thanks, Spring NG for my review copy.
I tried to listen to the audiobook, it was absolutely horrendous. The accent wasn’t just it at all, however if you want to listen to it and don’t mind the accent, It’s available on Scribd