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29, Single & Nigerian: Review by Kayode Gideon Balogun



About the Author

Naija Single Girl (NSG); who I nicknamed ‘the graceful writer’ has demonstrated that it is possible to make a mark in the literary world while being anonymous. Besides Lagbaja (The Masked Man); Afrocalypso progenitor, I haven’t observed any other person who gets a large followership in Nigeria while staying in the world of anonymity until NSG surfaced. Well, I guess her cover will soon be blown when she is called to grant interviews or receive awards except She WILL OR WOULD (using Mrs Tope Williams’ persona) wear masks.

About the Book

29, Single & Nigerian (29SN) is a forty-chapter (348 pages) book. The prologue and epilogue gives a fascinating introduction and conclusion respectively to the book. So many writers and commentators have made reviews about 29SN, I can’t help but add a few more comments.

Edikan; the protagonist is an impulsive and unabashed liar yet a naïve lady who later found solace in God after years of struggles, pain, confusion and lust.
The story which is set to have happened between 2014 and 2015 enunciate the decadence in our society and yet the noble opportunities that are also embedded in our struggles.
The latter part of the novel made me give it 18+ rating because NSG took the Mills and Boons perspective into it (if you know what I mean).

My satisfaction about this great literary work will not be complete until it is made into a Movie or TV serial. I am certain that it will be a must-see. I would like to see Ivie Okujaye play the character Edikan, Olayode Juliana (Toyosi of Jenifa’s Diary) playing the character Bibi, OC Ukeje as George, Nse Ikpe-Etim as Edikan’s mother, Rita Dominic as Aunty Agnes and Joseph Benjamin as Ifeanyi.
Biyi Bandele or Kunle Afolayan can pull together a great production.

I guess NSG’s chance to hammer lies in making this novel a TV serial or Movie.

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