Orange January Giveaway #5: The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives

The Secret Lives of Baba Sagi's Wives by Lola ShoneyinGIVEAWAY CLOSED

Up for Grabs: The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin

Orange Connection: Long List, 2011

Who’s Eligible to Win?: Anyone participating in Orange January – no matter where you live or if you’ve won a giveaway already this month. You’re also welcome to participate in the activity, even if you don’t want the book. Just let me know in the comments below to not enter your name into the drawing.

Your Activity: The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives is a lively book that takes place in Nigeria. What are some of your favorite books set in Africa?

Giveaway closes at 9pm Eastern tonight. Thanks for participating in today’s giveaway!


22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Deborah in Canada
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 21:15:22

    Oh! I can think of several wonderful books set in Africa that I have loved. Two of my favourites are Orange short/ longlist/ winners. They are The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. What a wonderful and fascinating book about the Congo area of Africa and the unusual family of missionaries that visit there. One of 2011’s short listed Oranges that I read was Aminitta Forna’s The Memory of Love. A beautiful and tragic look at Sierra Leone and the war going on there. Last but not least is the Canadian title “The Book of Negroes” by Lawrence Hill. In the US and elsewhere it is entitled ” Someone Knows My Name.” It won a number of awards and was shortlisted for the IMPAC prize. It partially takes place in Africa as a young girl named Aminata is taken as a slave and driven across Africa to be traded away as slave. Really a wonderful protagonist and an enthralling story of black slaves in both the US and a part of Canada.


  2. Pragya
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 21:19:42

    I recently read and loved The number one Ladies detective agency by Alexander McCall Smith. 🙂


  3. Dee
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 21:22:50

    Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, A Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna, The Boy Next Door by Irene Sabatini, A Place of Reeds by Caitlin Davies and The Lying Days by Nadine Gordimer. I also loved The Icarus Girl which was partly set in Nigeria.


  4. Helen
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 21:31:36

    I agree with Deborah regarding The Poisonwood Bible and The Memory of Love. Also two by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, both set in Nigeria and both nominated for the Orange Prize; Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun. And a couple by men, Hisham Matar’s In the Country of Men, and Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee.


  5. Heather Holt
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 21:43:12

    My favourites are:

    Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
    The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
    Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
    Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
    An Elegy for Easterly by Petina Gappah
    A Guide to the Birds of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson

    and The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series are lovely lighter reads.


  6. Ally
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 22:28:21

    I remember having read back in high school Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” and I found it quite intriguing. I guess that was my first literary encounter with Africa. I also loved “The Sheltering Sky” written by Paul Bowles, but one of my all time favorite books is Ondaatje’s “The English Patient”, partly set in Egypt. What a great book that is!
    Thank you for the giveaway!


  7. raidergirl3
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 22:30:50

    I’m trying to think of one that hasn’t been mentioned, but Half of a Yellow Sun, Things Fall Apart, The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series and the Poisonwood Bible are all mentioned because they are so good.

    Adding- Deon Meyer’s has some thriller mysteries set in South Africa (Trackers, Thirteen Hours plus more I haven’t read yet) that are just excellent. Kwei Quartey’s Wife of the Gods is set in Ghana and is the beginning of another excellent mystery series. And This Blinding Absense of Light by Tahar Ben-Jalloun is an amazing book set in Morocco.


  8. Jayme@Beachreader
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 22:33:52

    I haven’t read many books set in Africa, but I did read The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingslover and So Long A Letter by Miriama Ba and enjoyed both books very much. I can’t wait to read Purple Hibiscus 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway.


  9. Regina Motarjeme
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 22:35:37

    I have many but I probably have to give it to Nelson Mandela biography, just for the history, the incredible person he is and the fantastic read it is


  10. Linda Snyder Koons
    Jan 08, 2012 @ 23:40:51

    The Flame Trees of Thika by Elspeth Huxley
    West With the Night by Beryl Markham
    The Poisonwood Bible
    Cry, The Beloved Country
    Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese


  11. Georgia
    Jan 09, 2012 @ 00:53:32

    My favourite has to be Nelson Mandela’s autobiography A long Walk to Freedom and then more recently Playing the Enemy


  12. Wendy
    Jan 09, 2012 @ 01:38:14

    Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
    Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
    Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
    Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
    Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala

    No need to enter me – I’ve read the book!! 🙂


  13. Peggy
    Jan 09, 2012 @ 03:38:16

    The big three for me are *Cutting for Stone*, *The Poisonwood Bible*, and *The Memory of Love*. They are on my all-time best of the best list!


  14. Citizenjoyce
    Jan 09, 2012 @ 05:00:08

    Rather than repeating the great books that have already been listed, let me mention two different ones I loved. “Who Fears Death” by Nnedi Okorafor is a feminist science fiction/fantasy set in a post apocalyptic Africa in which rape is still being used as a weapon of war. “The Book of Mormon, the musical” by Trey Parker and Matt Stone is both dark and uplifting – and irrestibly singable.


  15. rainpebble/belva
    Jan 09, 2012 @ 06:51:30

    Oh, soooo many:
    The Story of An African Farm,
    Out of Africa,
    The Power of One,
    Cry, The Beloved Country (one the best books ever written),
    Travels in West Africa,
    The Snows of Kilimanjaro,
    The Weather in Africa,
    The Bondwoman’s Narrative,
    Heart of Darkness,
    Ah, But Your Land is Beautiful,
    Master Harold and The Boys,
    Green Hills of Africa,
    The African Queen
    and many, many more; too many to list or even remember.


  16. lifelaughlottery
    Jan 09, 2012 @ 07:06:21

    This makes me realise how few books set in Africa I’ve read, and will be using the comments above to put that right. I did read Purple HIbiscus and thought that was excellent, but you can’t beat Alexander McCall Smith for bringing alive the feel and sound of the place.


  17. Tania
    Jan 09, 2012 @ 07:40:18

    I read “The Voluptuous Delights of Peanut Butter and Jam” for Orange January this year, and it was marvellous. Set in Rhodesia during the civil war, it’s about two white sisters growing up on a farm.

    And recently I read a sci-fi novel by Lauren Beukes called “Zoo City”. Really, really good, highly recommended to anyone who likes genre. And I’m sorry genre doesn’t really get submitted by publishers to literary prizes, because I think it would have made an Orange longlist, at least.


  18. Kim Bal-Al
    Jan 09, 2012 @ 08:25:28

    I’d second all of the above, especially, The Poisonwood Bible, The Power of One,Alexander McCall Smith’s, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 2, and raise you an “Out of Africa” by Isak Dinesen. It’s a memoir but reads like a novel.

    The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives – strikes me as an interesting title.


  19. Phoebe
    Jan 09, 2012 @ 09:08:59

    Hands down Alexander McCall Smith’s Lady Detective Series.


  20. mrstreme
    Jan 09, 2012 @ 10:05:44

    Congratulations to Belva for winning today’s giveaway!


  21. Peggy
    Jan 09, 2012 @ 10:11:28

    Congratulations, Belva, for sure!!
    I wanted to add *Sacred Hunger* which begins in Africa anyway.


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