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Spirited and intelligent, Morayo grows up surrounded by school friends and family in busy, modern-day Ibadan, Nigeria. An adoring little sister, their traditional parents, and a host of aunties and cousins make Morayo's home their own. So there's nothing unusual about her charming but troubled cousin Bros T moving in with the family. At first Morayo and her sister are deli ...more
Paperback, 329 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Penguin Canada (first published 2012)
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Sally906
Jul 11, 2013 Sally906 rated it it was amazing
DAUGHTERS WHO WALK THIS PATH is a debut novel for Yejide Kilanko and she is going straight onto my ‘must buy immediately she produces a new book’ list. The problem is - when you read a book that so profoundly moves you and drags you into the story, immerses you completely and doesn’t let you go until the very last page – you know you are not going to be able to do justice to it in a review. DAUGHTERS WHO WALK THIS PATH follows Morayo from her early childhood, through her teenage years and on to ...more
Jennifer D
Jan 04, 2016 Jennifer D rated it really liked it
this is an incredibly strong debut novel from a very talented writer! i found kilanko's style beautiful, and though she is dealing with some very difficult, heartbreaking subjects, i was left feeling hopeful at the end. i even had my eyes well up with tears twice in the last part of the story - something that is a fairly rare occurrence for me when i read. (kilanko is not sappy or sentimental, though.)

i think what is so powerful about this novel is the idea that, while the events are specific to
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Friederike Knabe
Feb 05, 2013 Friederike Knabe rated it really liked it
Shelves: africa, african-lit
In her debut novel, Daughters who walk this path, Yejide Kilanko tells the story of Morayo, a young woman with a burden to bear that, when life seem to fall apart for her in her teens, feels almost too heavy for her young body and too hurtful for her gentle soul. Growing up in a busy extended family in Ibadan, Nigeria, she is surrounded by caring parents and loving aunties. At the age of five, her baby sister enters her life: she is an "afin", an albino, and, as in many African traditional socie ...more
duck reads
Mar 07, 2014 duck reads rated it it was ok
Shelves: wc, coc-ic, ww, woc-iw, canw, fiction
Discussion of rape follows.

I really enjoyed the fact that this is a novel that is very heavily concerned with female characters and intense familial bonds between them. I was more ambivalent about the novel's portrayal of rape and response to it. On the one hand, the female characters are by and large depicted as having immense and strengthening solidarity around this issue, but on the other there is no suggestion by the characters or the narrative that men could or ought to be expected to show
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Read In Colour
No one told us that sometimes evil is found much closer to home, and that those who want to harm us can have the most soothing and familiar of voices.


As a child, Morayo and her sister Eniayo loved visits from their older cousin, Bros T. A gifted storyteller, everyone recognized that he lied effortlessly, still, there was really no harm in his lies. But as the saying goes, if you'll lie, you'll steal. The day money goes missing, Bros T swears he hasn't taken it, lying to both his overindulging mo
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Diane S ☔
Contemporary Nigeria, trying to survive and thrive in a patriarchal society, Morayo and her younger sister are girls who live with their family in a middle class existence. Although dictators come and go very little political information is relayed in this book, though missing girls and burnt buses are occasionally mentioned. The author's focus is more on the changing faces and societal issues of this country. As always when reading a novel about a country I am unfamiliar with I am amazed that r ...more
Jennifer
Jan 30, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, culture
My rating is actually 4.5/5

I found myself unable to put down Daughters Who Walk This Path by Yejide Kilanko; so compelling was the story, with rich characters, multifaceted storylines, and exceptional detail and care given to the very deep and emotional topics covered in this book. While I do not intend to give anything away, however I must warn that Daughter Who Walk This Path deals with such issues as rape and incest. Kilanko delves into these topics without overpowering the reader, yet allowi
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Leslie Reese
Oct 20, 2014 Leslie Reese rated it really liked it
Shelves: african-authors
Yejide Kilanko has used her storytelling abilities to tell overlapping coming-of-age stories and break the silence around cultural traditions and superstitions regarding albinism, gender roles, sexual molestation, and inter-tribal marriage in Nigeria between the years 1982 and 2007. Her writing style is deceptively simple, and while some characters role model ways to have difficult conversations, it doesn't feel contrived. I particularly loved the solidarity amongst girls and women in this story ...more
Myne Whitman
Aug 14, 2012 Myne Whitman rated it really liked it
Daughters who walk this Path paints the picture of women in Nigeria and who could be women anywhere. The characters are fully realized and are people anyone might recognize or identify with, and this means that the book is all the more moving and compelling. My only issue with the book was that it seemed to want to write everything about Nigeria and the cultures in one book that already has its remit defined. The foray into elections and the political machinery was unnecessary as was the introdu ...more
Arlena
May 15, 2014 Arlena rated it really liked it

Title: Daughters Who Walk This Path
Author: Yejide Kilanko
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 4.5
Review:

"Daughters Who Walk This Path" by Yejide Kilanko.....

"Spirited and intelligent, Morayo grows up surrounded by school friends and family in busy, modern-day Ibadan, Nigeria. An adoring little sister, their traditional parents, and a host of aunties and cousins make Morayo's home their own. So there's nothing unusual about her charming but troubled cousin Bros T moving in wit
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Mara
Mar 13, 2013 Mara rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, africa
Although both plot and characters are written with very little embellishment, Kilanko is a very effective storyteller. However, there are some puzzling gaps in her narrative. She makes sure we know that it is a big deal that Morayo, the main character, must go far from home, to a different state on the other side of the Niger River, for the training for her National Youth Service Corps year. The distance heightens the element of surprise when she meets Kachi, her teenage beau, at the training si ...more
Kathleen Schmitt
Aug 28, 2013 Kathleen Schmitt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: canadian
This is the story of an aunt who perceives that her niece has suffered sexual abuse at the hands of her brother, and, because as a young woman, she too had experienced similar abuse, is able to offer a safe harbour to the niece in a way that her mother nor any other person in her family could. The story takes place in Africa and moves at a slower pace than a novel set in the USA might be. It is a story of family, disobedience and obedience, of secrets held and truths denied. The pace, the charac ...more
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Reviewed by: Cassietta Jefferson, Independent Book Reviewer for PWICU Reviews

I don’t know about you, but I love little more than a good novel. I look forward to curling up in a cozy chair with a delicious cup of tea and losing myself for hours. However, when I received daughters who walk this path, I wasn’t sure how much I was looking forward to it. You see, it came with a warning: This book is more than 300 pages. I have to admit, initially I was slightly intimidated by that, but once I read th
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Anu
Mar 18, 2012 Anu rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. It's a beautiful story about a young girl growing into a beautiful young woman. It highlights all the feelings and changes she goes through but cannot discuss with her elders. There's only other person who understands her and gives her the courage to go on with her life when something awful happens to her.
Candice
Aug 05, 2012 Candice rated it it was amazing
Fabulous read! (Not at all because I am biased) This novel is an inspiration for women globally to support each other, find their voices and soldier on when life inevitably gets tough. What more can we want for our daughters? Lovely. Absolutely wonderful work Yejide Kilnko. You are a craftswoman who has my vote for the Giller Prize.
Leslie
May 12, 2014 Leslie rated it it was amazing
Ms. Kilanko has written a riveting debut novel. Her writing was so vivid I felt as though I was in Nigeria. As I read Morayo and Morenike's similar yet different story lines I found my heart breaking as I marveled at their strength and rejoiced over their triumph. One statement Ms. Kilanko penned states, "But no one told us that sometimes evil is found closer to home, and that those who want to harm us can have the most soothing and familiar of voices." How true a statement for Morayo and Moreni ...more
Claire
Feb 20, 2016 Claire rated it really liked it
I chose the novel because I am fond of Nigerian authors, especially female authors.

As a debut novel I found it very strong and it engaged with the issue of sexual assault well from the perspectives of two women. When the novel began I thought it was going to be about the stigma her sister faced being afin (which in itself would have been interesting) so I felt like the first act surprised me despite having read the synopsis.

There were so many well rounded female characters, men provided more of
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Beverly
This was a 3.5 read for me.
Thoughts coming shortly
Kailani
Aug 15, 2015 Kailani rated it liked it
Shelves: africa, 2015, nigeria
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Liralen
Jul 22, 2015 Liralen rated it it was amazing
I cannot remember any clear warning signs. I did not stub my left big toe that week. Neither did I hear the owl hoot in the night among the trees. (64)

Morayo grows up in Ibadan with her parents and younger sister, Eniayo. Her family is not wealthy, but they are comfortable, and the extended family is a large web, ready to catch one another as necessary.

Enter Bros T. Bros T -- Tayo -- is Morayo's cousin, the spoiled older boy Morayo and her sister adore. When he comes to stay with them, though, M
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Heather
Jun 27, 2014 Heather rated it really liked it
This story follows the life of Morayo, a young girl growing up in the city of Ibadan. Her little sister Eniayo is albino, and she has to deal with a certain amount of ridicule and discrimination due to her condition, especially since it is believed that albino children bring bad luck, or are a symbol of God's punishment on the family.

There is a tragic event involving Morayo and her cousin Bros T which leaves her world shaken, but she recovers with the help of her aunt Morenike, who herself suffe
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Lisa
May 25, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Sally906
Shelves: africa, nigeria, gift
Nigeria has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, so it seemed like a good time to read a Nigerian novel that speaks of hope.

Feisty Moraya grows up in a modern middle-class family where she and her sister Enaiyo are expected to go to university and become independent young women. The story begins, as most coming-of-age stories do, with Moraya’s childhood: family, friends and school. There are petty jealousies, occasional trouble-making, and some bullying of her sister because she is an alb
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Lisa
Sep 22, 2013 Lisa rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club
"... despite what you and I have been through, we can still give thanks. My life was not in vain. Yours will not be." -- Aunty Morenike, "Daughters Who Walk This Path"

"Success is not measured in the heights one attains, but by the obstacles one overcomes in its attainment." -- Booker T. Washington

"Daughters Who Walk This Path" had the potential to be great. It had a difficult, but intriguing themes -- rape(Morenike & Morayo), albinism (Eniayo), racial prejudice (Morayo's father's anti-Igbo s
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Steven Langdon
Aug 17, 2012 Steven Langdon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: super
Yejide Kilanko is now living in Canada, but she was born in Ibadan in western Nigeria, and this superb first novel is set in that country. It is a fine book that focuses on the recent lives of several Nigerian women and underlines the challenges that they confront in the male-dominated world that characterizes contemporary Nigeria.

Morayo is the young daughter of a middle-class Ibadan family, whose world is dominated by family concerns and education, until her older male cousin moves in with them
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Julie
Mar 27, 2016 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent, well written story, powerful at times with an excellent cast of characters who will leave an impression on you once you've finished the book.

The book does take a look at some heavy, emotional topics and the author covers them wonderfully. She takes the reader to the heart of it, and you can't help but gain an emotional attachment to the characters. It's horrifying what the women went through, and how their lives were shaped by it. Yet the author shows their growth and a cr
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Brenda
Dec 10, 2012 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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Chinelo
I received this book through a Goodreads Giveaway.

I loved this book. As a Nigerian American, it was nice reading a book that I could relate to my home life. The food and the family and the places - just about everything the author described was familiar to me, and that made me love the story even more. But don't be discouraged from reading even if the Nigerian culture is not familiar to you! The novel is written, of course, in English, but it is written so seamlessly the bits and pieces of Niger

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Jules
Oct 20, 2013 Jules rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Morayo wächst gemeinsam mit ihrer kleinen Schwester recht behütet in der nigerianischen Großstadt Ibadan auf. Der familiäre Zusammenhalt ist sehr wichtig: Man feiert Feste gemeinsam, trauert zusammen um verstorbene Verwandte und hilft einander im Alltag, wo es nur geht.

So wird auch der 18jährige Cousin Bros T in die Familie aufgenommen, als er Probleme mit seiner Mutter hat. Bros T hat eine machohaft-große Klappe und ist sehr von sich überzeugt. Eines Abends bedrängt er Morayo, als ihre Eltern n
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Louise
May 22, 2012 Louise rated it it was amazing
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Penguin Group Canada| April 10, 2012| Trade Paperback| ISBN 978-0-14-318611-3

Spirited and intelligent Morayo grows up surrounded by school friends and family in busy modern-day Ibadan, Nigeria. An adoring little sister, their traditional parents, and a host of aunties and cousins make Morayo’s home their own. So there’s nothing unusual about her charming but troubled cousin Bros T moving in with the family. At first Morayo and her sister are delighted but in her innocence, noth
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Ndeye Sene
Apr 27, 2013 Ndeye Sene rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nigerian-best
The principal character of this novel is Morayo, a young Yoruba girl leaving in Ibadan, Nigeria with her family. The book started with the birth of Morayo’s younger sister Eniayo. From that point on, we go through all the stages of Morayo’s life. Her growing up with her immediate and extended family, her school and University years and finally her life in the working place. Now you may think that there is nothing special about this story. It all sounds like a normal story. Think again.

First of a
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Yejide Kilanko was born in Ibadan, a sprawling university city in south-western Nigeria. She read just about anything she could lay her hands on and that love for reading led her to poetry writing when she was twelve. It was the best way she made sense of the long, angst-filled teenage and young adult years that followed.

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