Ariyike Akinbobola, Kiki Kamanu, Toke Makinwa, Kiki Omeili, Isio Wanogho and More! 'The Cost Of Our Lives' Book-Reading.
If I had to describe The Cost Of Our Lives in one word it would be "Refreshing". It's refreshingly different, refreshingly hilarious, refreshingly educating and refreshingly contemporary. Oh, one other very refreshing thing about this book is its simplicity.
Ariyike Akinbobola's debut novella is a literary piece that appeals to both genders, people of all ages, and different walks of life. She takes you from the rugged slums of Ajegunle to the bright lights of London and gives you a glimpse into life on the illustrious Lagos Island and the intense struggle to make it. Yes, ever heard the term "Fake It Till You Make It"? The protagonist Ibidun Dan-Martin has got to be a world class expert at doing just that.
Ibidun! She makes me giggle... There's an Ibidun in every one of us. Ibidun has lived through pains, struggles, challenges, insecurities and triumps that we all at one time or the other, have experienced.
Through Ibidun, Ariyike Akinbobola has sucessfully crammed several current sociocultural issues into her book, and has done so very beautifully. You cry with Ibidun when her innocence is viciously snatched from her by an uncle whom she loved and trusted, you rejoice with her when she's given an opportunity for a better life in England, a far cry from the slums of AJ City, you panic with her when immigration rears its frightful head, you shudder with her when the faceless beasts on the internet try to tear her down, and you exhale with her when she finally finds her footing and comes into her own.
At the first glance of the book you're not sure what to expect. The only thing you can see for certain is that it's a small book with an interesting title. But as your fingers speedily run through this page turner and you're brought to the last page, you will be overwhelmed with a mix of emotions, a sense of satiety and a new perception on things. You might fondly hold the little book in your hands like a newly found treasure and think to yourself; this is what they meant when they said "small but mighty".
The book-reading held at Terra Kulture, Tiamiyu Savage, Victoria Island, on the 25th of April 2015.
Buy The Cost Of Our Lives at www.jumia.com, www.shopmagic.com and Terra Kulture.