Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad

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Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad

Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad

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From cheating husbands, a mommy's boy, an impotent husband, a side chick, to closeted gay husbands, and many more. Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad underscores with wit, humour, wisdom and sensitivity, the perils of trying to find lasting love and companionship in Africa's most notorious city. I also found it amusing how you can pretty much replace Lagos with Lilongwe and the message remains the same. From the story of a deceptive hookup girl to a woman who carries on wickedness from her teenage years into adulthood. While Lagos, Yoruba, and indeed,Nigerian men have their peculiarities, many of which are far from gentlemanly or chivalrous, the sustenance of moral decadence in a generation that sees sex as a commodity, is bound to result in unfortunate eventualities, of which women tend to bear most of the brunt.

What I didn't like about the book is that because of the title and the entire premise of the short-story collection, you knew how every story was going to end with a man breaking a woman's heart. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. A compelling read, but it gets two stars less from me: one for the use of "Nigerian English", and a second for a thoroughly misleading book title. However, it was an interesting read and made me reflect on the nature of romantic relationships in this society. Some were really enjoyable such as Catfish (messy as hell), Ode-Pus Complex (madness) and Cuck-Up (also mad).This to me is madness, that this man seems to get the victim position when they both are secretive and toxic to each other. From the exaggerated machismo of Lagosian men to the absurdity of social media influencers, nothing escapes Kuku's hilarious scrutiny. it deftly analyses the various archetypes women are likely to encounter in the dating scene in the city – from serial cheaters, to mummy’s boys, from the ‘fake it till you make it’ adherents to the ones who can’t commit. All in all, captivating read, very Nigerian, and funny in some places, also very sad if you're the sort to think about it. Her debut collection of stories, Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad, became a runaway bestseller in Africa upon its release in 2021, and was named the bestselling fiction title of 2022 in Nigeria, with international editions following in the UK (Swift Press), US (HarperVia) and Germany (Peter Hammer Verlag).

So, it is not surprising when a man dates a woman for years, treating her as his one and only, while being secretly married to a woman he respects enough to keep away from his concubine. Before picking up this book, I'd already known that Lagos men are really not okay in the head 😂 These stories (fictional, yes yes, I know) just confirm that. The gaslighting and painting of Caroline as the one with the fault just goes ahead to fall in line with the norm in the novel. The last page in the book felt like the author was patronizing ‘Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad’. The final story had me in my feelings though and men like Charles in Independence Day deserve to be in a dark place they can never come out of for the trauma they cause.There’s a story of a young lady who tries to find her oyibo soulmate on the streets of Lagos; another of a pastor’s wife who defends her husband from an allegation of adultery; a wife takes a knife to her husband’s penis; a night of lust between a rising musician and his Instagram baddie takes an unexpected turn. You liked me so much I had no choice but to start liking myself, to start acting respectable, like someone who had something special waiting for them back home. We see harrowing tales of betrayals, double-lives and hard truths, as experienced and seemln through the eyes of women who are in turn damaged, lovingly innocent, and vindictive. Her keen eye for the idiosyncrasies of Lagosian culture, combined with his clever wordplay, ensures that every page delivers a punchline. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, we will happily exchange or refund your items within 14 days of receipt, as long as it is sent back to us in its original condition, this includes original packaging.

Undoubtedly these characters represent some real life bad actors but the humor and sharp wit and downright absurdity of this collection raises it to four stars. The stories are good (at least the ones I read) and the title definitely catchy but the fact that I wasn't warned about its sexual graphic/descriptive content still my biggest issue. This book is full of realistic, flesh and blood characters, crass descriptions and understandable motives. Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad underscores with wit, humour, wisdom and sensitivity, the perils of trying to find lasting love and companionship in Africa's most notorious city.Noting that the cause of infertility in the marriage is a result of the woman’s irresponsible lifestyle in her youth, the author then reveals that the man has tried his best not to cheat on her when he already brought in an official third party into the marriage.

The novel provides a plethora of erotic scenes and the stories are told in different tenses that sometimes get mixed up in the course of the novel. The range of stories, ethnicities, and experiences really threw me in for a loop as every story was something new that I could enjoy. As usual with short stories, I’m often left dissatisfied as I feel some stories could be explored more but I understood the stories for what they were and tried to enjoy them as such.

She masterfully skewers societal norms and exposes the ridiculousness lurking beneath the surface of everyday life. The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. A collection of short stories, structured as case-studies, and a form of love letter in solidarity with the women who have survived romantic relationships with men in Lagos…. I liked the Lagosian vernacular in the story throughout, it felt like I was witnessing a narrative between people in real life.

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