The Girl With The Louding Voice is a debut novel rich in culture and has an amazing character, Adunni. It’s written in the style of a rural Nigerian girl speaking in a very basic form of English which is quick and easy to slip into and sometimes comical to read.
Adunni is a fourteen year old girl from a small village in Nigeria. Following the death of her mother, the family becomes poorer and her father negotiates a husband for her in exchange for the ‘bride money’. She becomes the third wife of an older man and is trapped in a life of servitude instead of getting the education she so wants. Being a spirited and brave girl she escapes her husband and then taken to Lagos to be housekeeper in the wealthy household of Big Madam and her lecherous husband. At first excited going to the big city, she quickly realises she has been trafficked and will not be paid any wages.
This is a powerful and emotional story of female injustice and slavery, yet ultimately is a story of believing in yourself, that you can achieve whatever you want in life.
I have one hardback copy of this book ~ brand new and unread ~ available to purchase here.