Yejide 
Kilanko

Daughters Who Walk This Path

Courtesy of Yejide Kilanko


The lives of girls and women continue to be fraught with secrets, shame and violence. Yejide Kilanko 's courageous characters reveal how young women bear their coming-of-age, and then they learn to tell.

-Kim Echlin, Giller-nominated author of The Disappeared

A welcome and much needed chronicle of family politics in contemporary Nigeria.

-Sefi Atta, award winning author of Everything Good Will Come.

Though the subject of her novel is one that’ll typically make us avert our eyes, Yejide Kilanko combines an unflinching gaze, a tender heart and a gift for lyrical storytelling. Daughters Who Walk This Path is a necessary book.”

 -E.C.Osondu, Winner of the Caine Prize and author Voice of America (HarperCollins 2010)







Spirited, intelligent Morayo grows up surrounded by school friends and a busy family in modern-day Ibadan, Nigeria. An adoring little sister, her traditional parents, and a host of aunties and cousins make Morayo's home their own. So there's nothing unusual about Morayo's charming but troubled cousin, Bros T, moving in with the family. At first Morayo and her sister are delighted, but in her innocence, nothing prepares Morayo for the shameful secret Bros T forces upon her.

Thrust into a web of oppressive silence woven by the adults around her, Morayo must learn to fiercely protect herself and her sister; a legacy of silence many women in Morayo's family share. Only Aunty Morenike—once protected by her own mother—provides Morayo with a safe home, and a sense of female community which sustains Morayo as she grows into a young woman in bustling, politically charged, often violent Nigeria.

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