When I eventually got my delivery of this book, I couldn’t wait to devour it. I finished it in a day, although that was few days ago during the holidays when I was free from work, but actually, it was an easy read. It’s one of those books that you find hard to put down until you must have finished reading it. This is actually the first novel written by Yejide Kilanko and published in 2013.
Morayo, the narrator takes us through her life right from the age of 5. Morayo is a high spirited child always surrounded by family and quite protective of her sister, Eniayo who was often teased because of her albinism. When Bros T, her cousin comes to live with them, Morayo was not only a victim of his disgraceful act but also had to live with the secret for some time. This took a toll on her, affected her relationship with her mother, and led her to almost commit suicide. Thanks to Aunty Morenike (having had similar experience in the past) who helps to get herself together. The story basically gives a detailed explanation of her life as she grows from an innocent young girl to a victim, her relationships with the opposite sex, her sister’s love, how she eventually learns to forgive and love herself again and her evolution into a young married woman.
Aside from a few chapters (centered around Aunty Morenike) which was written in third person narrative, the rest of the book was written in a first person narrative which I actually liked. This was quite an interesting read. I also particularly liked the relationship Morayo shared with her sister and Aunty Morenike. It was quite unique and strong. Aside from the sad incident that happened in her younger years, there wasn’t much twist to the story. Daughters who walk this path brought to the limelight the silence that is forced upon women once they are abused. This is something that really gets to me. It’s so sad when these victims aren’t given the support they so clearly need to overcome the pain and the guilt that somehow finds a way to eat them up even though it wasn’t their fault.
This is one book I can imagine myself reading again sometime in the future.
~”But no one told us that sometimes evil is found much closer to home, and that those who want to harm us can have the most soothing and familiar voices”- Yejide Kilanko, Daughters Who Walk This Path~