DAUGHTERS WHO WALK THIS PATH
Daughters Who Walk This Path depicts the dramatic coming of age of Morayo, a spirited and intelligent girl growing up in 1980s Ibadan who is thrust into a web of oppressive silence woven by the adults around her. It's a legacy of silence many women in Morayo's family share. Only Aunty Morenike—once protected by her own mother—provides Morayo with a safe home, and a sense of female community which sustains Morayo as she grows into a young woman in bustling, politically charged, often violent Nigeria.
“A book that can make you laugh and cry.”
— Toronto Star
“Sophisticated and beautiful.”
— National Post
“Morayo’s story is universal and women around the world will relate.”
— Winnipeg Free Press
"The lives of girls and women continue to be fraught with secrets, shame and violence. Yejide Kilanko's courageous characters reveal how young women bear their coming-of-age, and then they learn to tell."
"[Kilanko] tells us stories about Nigerian women’s emotional strength, their remarkable network of support and the travails that afflict many of them in a country where women still provide the domestic backbone. It is a book that can make you laugh and cry and if you aren’t a feminist, Kilanko’s book will turn you into one — whether you’re male or female."
"Kilanko’s characters are affecting and admirable; her storytelling agile and persuasive; her dialogue convincing and funny. Kilanko’s primary job in social work and child protection allows her a deep understanding of victimization. She leaves us with a sense of a Nigerian woman’s heroism in the face of social prejudice. Morayo and her aunt Morenike walked us down a path we hope we will be able to meet them on again."
Yejide Kilanko was born in Ibadan, Nigeria, daughter of a university professor and his wife. She read widely – Wole Soyinka, Lobsang Rampa, Chinua Achebe and Alex Haley- and majored in Political Science at the University of Ibadan before moving to the United States to marry. She attended the University of Victoria, and is now a Child Protection Worker in Canada. She lives in Chatham, Ontario with her husband and children. Daughters Who Walk This Path is her first novel.