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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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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
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
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
Chinyere-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!
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
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.
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!
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.
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it

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
Aug 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: africa, 2015, nigeria
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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.
This was a 3.5 read for me.
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May 22, 2012 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
Muthoni Muiruri
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book. I want it to be my best friend. No, my child. I want to hold it and rock it gently. I want to cuddle it. I want it to never leave my bag. I want to be flipping pages and caressing them; re-reading the chapters slowly. I want to get lost in each and every woman in the book. And when it makes me sad and cry all over again, I want to feel so deeply and immerse myself in those emotions.

A story of a lineage of women, of coming of age and of intense familial bonds. Women holding on to deep
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was beautiful! I love reading books based in Africa and bonus points if they are African writers themselves.

This is a coming of age story about Morayo a young girl growing up in modern day Ibadan, Nigeria. Morayo is a smart girl who is honestly just taking one day at a time. Living her life the best she knows how. She struggles with her relationship with her mother. She became protective of her albino little sister. She dealt with sickness, politics, death, rape, school, hormones, pre
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Daughters Who Walk This Path by Yejide Kilanko.
It's a novel about a young Igbo girl named Morayo, which also involves the story of her aunt Morenikes childhood.
Morayos coming of age path had been painful, disgraceful and sad. As a result of what she experienced in her childhood , Morayo dealt with the #consequences of not having had the right therapy or better said HEALING . Her aunt Morenike who somewhat went through the same abuse as a teenager was able to support Morayo, even when her own mo
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars - I was transported, to Nigeria, to childhood and to despair. Although the subject matter is dark, Kilanko tells this tale well. I was moved by the strength of Morayo and her family (that is not to say that I agree with how the situation was handled). It's so easy for readers to be critical of the fact that this is a "typical" tale of rape, innocence lost, disbelief, disillusionment and consequence. What we forget is that rape is a crisis that is global, has no definitive victim and ...more
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
As a debut novel, it was good, with powerful themes and issues. But the writing itself left something to be desired. There were some gaps and some unexplained events. For example, considering how sexually active Morayo had been in university, why was she traumatized on her honeymoon whenever her husband wanted to have sex? The description of her sobbing in a fetal position, or getting alarmed when her husband laid an arm over her, or needing to have the light on at night so she could see his fac ...more
Ibiene Bidiaque
Nov 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
I struggled through the greater part of this book because I felt Kilanko lifted Atta’s template for Everything Good Will Come. The story revolves around a female protagonist’s (Motunrayo) coming of age and the same themes in Atta’s book are evident; teenage pregnancy, rape, abortion, an enviable friendship between two girls that lasts a life time, the complexities of marriage.

As with Atta’s book, we watch the protagonist grow from child to woman to wife to mother. I felt there was barely anythin
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found this book on my sister's nightstand and read it all within within 8 hours, I just couldn't put it down!

Morayo's story is one that many Nigerian women can relate too, growing up in a cocoon of seeming security, culture, superstition and strong familial bonds, but with so many secrets lurking in the shadows that no one dares to speak about out loud.

The story is a poignant one, touching on pertinent issues affecting the African woman and I found the writing style very easy and comfortable,
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Yejide Kilanko is a writer of novels, short stories, and a poet. Kilanko’s debut novel, Daughters Who Walk This Path (2012), a Canadian national bestseller, was longlisted for the inaugural Etisalat Prize and the 2016 Nigeria Literature Prize.
Her work includes a novella, Chasing Butterflies (2015) and a children’s picture book, There Is An Elephant In My Wardrobe (2018). Her short fiction is incl

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