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There are some books that tell a great story and others that make you change the way you look at the world. Cynthia ‘Tasha’ Osajibenedict’s Dear Naija Girl is a book that manages to do both.
Dear Naija Girl is a blend of stories, and experiences, highlighting the ordeals of women and what it means to be female in Nigeria.
It opens up its readers to what women go through in this part of the world to be successful and also be heard or given a voice in their individual spheres.
Asides from sharing true life stories of several women, it also highlights the struggles women in Nigeria go through even when they appear successful, how they have to constantly defend their success in the judging and prying eyes of the society they come from.
Amidst all, it offers a way forward.
Dear Naija Girl is Osajibenedict ‘s first book, released on the 7th of May and set to be launched on the 30th of May.
The book already has a lot of positive reviews pouring in, from readers, critics and authors.
See some reviews below
“Cynthia ‘Tasha’ Osajibenedict’ s Dear Naija Girl is a dissertation on the very common factors that restrains the average Nigerian female from actualisation of their potential. In very graphic details copiously illustrated with stories, some personal, some adopted but, either way, relatable, Osajibendict gradually but forcefully, unleashes her disgust with those ingrained beliefs and tendencies that threaten the emancipation of Nigerian women and ultimately the country herself, even if unwittingly. Although the title suggests so, this book is more than a treatise on how to be a girl or woman in Nigeria, it is also a guide for men on how to treat their women and build a country where equality and shared prosperity thrive. Most worthy of note about this part memoir, part guide to achieving gender parity in Nigeria is Osajibenedict’s honesty. Every man and woman who wants to their best at relationships should read it.”
Niran Adedokun, Author, Ladies calling the shots and The Danfo driver in all of us
For Precious ‘Mamazeus’ Nwogu, a Film reporter/critic “Dear Naija Girl is an Introspective yet poignant narrative of the pressures of femininity in a patriarchal society”
Dear Naija Girl is like a buffet, there is something for everyone and Osajibenedict was able to touch several issues without losing focus. And even though her personal experience played a role, it didn’t contradict her research on the book, thereby reducing subjective bias.
At the end of the book, I realized the question shouldn’t be why are you a feminist? It should be why aren’t you a feminist?
You would not regret reading this book – Eugenia Emelieze
MPH health policy & management
This is a book you would want to read from start to finish, with hope for a solution and points that help change the narrative – Margaret Barden, International President, Ladies in Media
For Ghanaian book reviewer and blogger, Ewurabena
“Well, I met @tash_royale, the author of this book on Instagram. She wanted me to read and review her new book. I was flabbergasted and honored at the same time to have been given the privilege to read this book. Wow !! Tasha, I had no idea you had noticed my book blog. This is because a lot of Africans especially Ghanaians (lol) don’t read, let alone, appreciate and recognize my work. For this, I’m thankful to you for this privilege and opportunity.
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ʂყŋơ℘ʂıʂ: This book is a women empowerment book in an African version, it talks about how African women, precisely Nigerian women are underrated. It speaks about the fact that in Africa, the only place for a woman is the home, precisely the kitchen and bedroom. As a young female, your purpose is to prepare for marriage; nothing else matters!!. You call yourself lucky if you chance upon a secondary education, any higher education is prohibited.
It’s as if marriage is the penultimate for every Nigerian woman.
This book also gives an insight to how a typical Nigerian woman battles with her male counterparts to enjoy certain rights. Some of these women face sexism and racial discrimination.
One might think these are myths and don’t exist in the 21st century but sadly, it’s still in our system. These myths are barbaric, inhuman and must be discarded.
To sum it up, being a woman is hard but being a Nigerian woman is harder.