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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  931 ratings  ·  148 reviews
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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Feb 24, 2013 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
May 29, 2013 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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Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 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
Friederike Knabe
Jan 29, 2012 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
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
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Poor character development.
It's been a couple of days since I read this book (all in one go because it was that good), and I've not been able to stop thinking about it. It was a really powerful tale of girlhood, womanhood, relationships between mothers and daughters, and also of generational silence.

I've had my eyes on this book for months, and when my copy arrived, I couldn't wait to dive in. It was well worth the wait. I laughed, I cried, and I was triggered by many parts of this book. Yejide Kilanko did a great job of
Jan 22, 2013 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
Elohor Egbordi
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
I was so scared of reading Daughters Who Walk This Path. I thought to myself, "When you finally read it, what will you have to look forward to?"

I was right. Still am.

It's a great way to begin the year, but what am I to do with myself after now?

This book was relatable in a way that made me highlight sentences, laugh out loud, and bawl my eyes out.

What can I say further? It's definitely worth it! 6 out of 5 stars!
Purpleaekua Bobson
Jun 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness! What a breathtaking story. I loved it. So many parts made me sad but such is life: some parts are sad, many happy. It is a story of women, daughters, of life happening and how this forces the women to live with the situations that come their way.
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kilanko starts out weaving a beautiful but sad story that brings out a lot about the Yoruba culture and people, as well as many issues experienced in contemporary Nigeria. I really liked this bit.
I like that I actually felt for Moraya, and it's not just because of what happened to her, but because of Kilanko's writing style.
I also like the simplicity of the writing and the use of proverbs at the start of each chapter.
Unfortunately, the effortless weaving stopped at the start of Morenike's sto
Feb 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, 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
Leslie Reese
Oct 12, 2013 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
Feb 14, 2012 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
Amaka Azie
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a well written and captivating story about a Nigerian girl called Morayo living in Ibadan, the western region of the country.
It follows her life with her closely knit family and a horrid experience of rape by someone she trusted.
I experienced multiple emotions reading this book and that’s how any good story should make a reader feel.
I skipped the political campaign part of the story because I found it unnecessary to the plot. But after that short interlude, I continued to enjoy the narr
2.5 stars. I quite liked the first half of this book. The writing flowed well and I cared about Morayo and Morenike. Many important topics were initially raised well including rape, stigma, shame, ignorance around albinism. I wanted these topics and the relationships between the characters to be better developed in the second half but I was disappointed. Instead the plot was taken over by various romances with undeveloped secondary characters. For me, the ending left much to be desired
Favour Obioha
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
This novel shook me. The whole story is still very much alive in my head. I was so hyped about it —even went as far as recommending it to two of my friends who started and finished it before me— that I was somewhat disappointed when I couldn't get into the story. Not until I was halfway through. And from that halfway, the book became unputdownable.

Set in Ibadan, Nigeria, this book explores the life of two heros: Morayo and her aunty, Morenike. Divided in five parts, with all but one focused on M
Wendy Marube
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: african-women
"Listen, my child, we do not abandon the business of living life just because of what people will say about us. Do people not even talk about the dead?"

Through the tears and the smiles, I read this story breathlessly.
The main character, Morayo is raped as a pre-teen by a family member. The story follows her life as she navigates life haunted by the ghost of that incident and how her entire family dynamic is transformed as a result. It is a story of pain and healing; betrayal and loyalty; fear a
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I loved this book and couldn't put it down. The novel deals with many complex issues including the clash of tribal traditions in present day Nigerian society, social and political change, dignity and self-respect, sexual abuse and manipulation and discusses places carved out for women in contemporary Nigeria. Full of empathy and amazing characters, I will be on the lookout for Kilanko's second book and definitely recommend this one. ...more
Diamond-Hope Kingston
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I didn't realize I had read this book before until I was a quarter of a way in but nevertheless, I read it still and loved it! ...more
Tracy Morton
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This was excellent! It is a coming of age story about a young woman in Nigeria. You travel with her from childhood to motherhood.
Arlena Dean

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

"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
Ndeye Sene
Apr 17, 2013 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
Mwayi Louise  Gowelo
I really liked the first half of this book. It's a heartwarming story despite the trauma that Morayo suffered. However, the second half that details Morayo's life as a working class woman left a lot to be desired but it's generally well written. ...more
Anna Janelle
A stunning debut about rape, incest and abuse as well as the damaging after-effects sexual trauma on a woman's psyche.

Morayo is a bright young Ibadan woman with a promising future. Raised by a loving middle-class Nigerian family, she finds comfort in close-knit relationship with her younger sister Eniayo, an albino or "afin". When her mischievous cousin Tayo, better known to the family relations as Bros T, moves in with Morayo's family to hopefully influence the wayward youth, Morayo becomes an
Ola Awonubi
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ola-nubi-s-books
Ive just read Yejide Kilanko's ' Daughters Who Walk This Path' and all I can say is wow.

Do you want to feel inspired, emotionally spent, angry and nostalgic all at the same time? Read this book.

Set in Ibadan in the eighties this novel evokes memories of the political and social change going on in Nigeria at the time, the writer takes on a journey through the eyes of the protagonists Morayo and Morenike. It is a timely book dealing with the issues families rarely discuss and how women are just ex
Kathleen Schmitt
Aug 28, 2013 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
Aug 04, 2012 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.
Mina’s Musings
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
A story of a girl who finds herself and comes of age in a society that considers her a second class citizen and the stark realities of life.

The themes of the book are very powerful.
Feminism, sexual abuse, and many more makes me weep for the child that got her innocence wrenched from her.

This book will make you cry as you follow the journey from childhood to adulthood.
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is an amazing read! I was in my feelings all through the 304 pages, I laughed, cried and laughed again.
I absolutely loved the way the author described the characters so vividly that I could almost touch them.
Yejide Kilanko is such a talented writer and I'm really looking forward to reading her other works.
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A writer of fiction and poetry, Kilanko’s debut novel, Daughters Who Walk This Path, a Canadian national bestseller, was longlisted for the 2016 Nigeria Literature Prize.

Her work includes a novella, Chasing Butterflies (2015), two children’s picture books, There Is An Elephant In My Wardrobe (2019), and Juba and The Fireball (2020). Her short fiction is in the anthology, New Orleans Review 2017:

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