Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad
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Life is too short to stifle laughter, and Kuku's masterpiece is guaranteed to tickle your funny bone like no other. My favourites were International relations, A Lovers Vendetta, Side Lined, Independence Day and Beard Gang - something about its crudeness, factuality and engagement was hooking. So, if anyone can collate stories about the madness of the men, there deserves to be one revealing the madness of the women. The range of stories, ethnicities, and experiences really threw me in for a loop as every story was something new that I could enjoy.
The stereotype of pointing fingers at the woman as being responsible for infertility in marriages finds its way into this novel as well. I knew I was going to make it in life so I was okay with the many phases and curveballs life threw at. The stories were easy to read but the sex scenes seemed forced to me and I found them unnecessary at some point.In Kenya, we have street slang saying in Swahili, "soko ni chafu", loosely translated as "the market is dirty". I have to say I really like Damilare's writing style and I definitely can't wait to read more from her in the future. They are just a reminder of how morally decadent we have allowed ourselves to be; we wallow in a quagmire, splashing mud all around, without first wondering when solid ground became sinking sand. Her debut collection of stories, Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad, became a runaway bestseller in Africa upon its release in 2021, and was named the bestselling fiction title of 2022 in Nigeria, with international editions following in the UK (Swift Press), US (HarperVia) and Germany (Peter Hammer Verlag).
So, it is not surprising when a man dates a woman for years, treating her as his one and only, while being secretly married to a woman he respects enough to keep away from his concubine. A collection of short stories, structured as case-studies, and a form of love letter in solidarity with the women who have survived romantic relationships with men in Lagos…. Lagos of the Mad: Review of Damilare Kuku's Nearly all the Men in Lagos are Mad | Melony Akpoghene".This part of it, including the extensive use of complex and hard-to-read sentences, would have benefited from good editing. However, it was an interesting read and made me reflect on the nature of romantic relationships in this society.
This was a quick read (read it in a day, in a few hours) and would highly recommend it if you need a quick read as a transition between two heavy books. Please note, we cannot guarantee these will be safe from any damage that may occur on their journey to you.Almost two years later, Ugochukwu Ugonna’s ‘Who Drove Nearly All the Men in Lagos Mad’ hits the market. Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad underscores with wit, humour, wisdom and sensitivity, the perils of trying to find lasting love and companionship in Africa’s most notorious city.