For our October 2013 book giveaway competition, we are pleased to select Yejide Kilanko’s debut novel, Daughters Who Walk This Path (first published in 2012 by Penguin). A 2012 Africa Book Club Book of the Year choice, Daughters Who Walk This Path tells the story of Morayo, a spirited and intelligent girl who grows up surrounded by school friends and family in busy, modern-day Ibadan. An adoring little sister, their traditional parents, and a host of aunties and cousins make Morayo’s home their own. So there’s nothing unusual about her charming but troubled cousin Bros T moving in with the family. At first Morayo and her sister are delighted, but in her innocence, nothing prepares Morayo for the shameful secret Bros T forces upon her.
For a first time novelist, Yejide Kilanko writes with a level of maturity, elegance, and power that belies her relative newness to the writing craft. Published by Penguin Canada, her debut novel, Daughters Who Walk This Path, is set in modern day Nigeria and tells the story of a young girl growing up in a society that remains largely patriarchal and where old traditions, good and bad, still abound.
Yejide Kilanko is a Nigerian author, poet, and social worker based in Ontario, Canada. Her debut novel, Daughters Who Walk This Path, was published in April 2012 by Penguin Canada and is due to be released in the US next year. In this interview with Africa Book Club, she talks about her debut novel, how she managed to land a publishing contract with Penguin.