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Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad

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Worthy of note is that the lady in the story is another exception to women possessing these madness-propelling characters.

Delving into the stories, women are represented as cunning and deceptive creatures and the madness of men is a response to these attributes. 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. The last page in the book felt like the author was patronizing ‘Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad’. Even the story featuring gay men follows the same pattern: man and woman fall in 'like' and enter what the woman thinks is a monogamous relationship. All in all, captivating read, very Nigerian, and funny in some places, also very sad if you're the sort to think about it.This is collection of short stories, some of which were funny, some were not so funny, and a couple of sad ones in between. Short stories are always a good start to get off a reading slump or ease you out of the state that heavy books leave you in. 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 is also remarkable about the book is that the stories are not told solely from a female perspective. In Kenya, we have street slang saying in Swahili, "soko ni chafu", loosely translated as "the market is dirty". 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. Nearly All The Men In Lagos Are Mad by Damilare Kuku is a catch of a collection of 12 versatile stories converging to draw the reader into a fictional world which reads not-so-fictitive, as the reality is nearly all Lagos men were well captured in this book.

However, it was an interesting read and made me reflect on the nature of romantic relationships in this society. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. 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. Life is too short to stifle laughter, and Kuku's masterpiece is guaranteed to tickle your funny bone like no other.

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