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  • By: Aiwanose Odafen
  • Narrated by: Nneka Okoye
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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Tomorrow I Become a Woman

By: Aiwanose Odafen
Narrated by: Nneka Okoye
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Summary

'What can I do?’ she asked. You can fight, I thought, you can fight for your daughters. But then again, who was I to speak of such things.

When Gozie and Obianuju meet in August 1978, it is nothing short of fate. He is the perfect man: charismatic, handsome, Christian and—most importantly—Igbo. He reminds her of her beloved Uncle Ikenna, her mother’s brother who disappeared fighting in the Civil War that devastated Nigeria less than a decade before. It is why, when Gozie asks her to marry him within months of meeting, she says yes, despite her lingering and uncertain feelings for Akin—a man her mother would never accept, as his tribe fought on the other side of the war. Akin makes her feel heard, understood, intelligent; Gozie makes her heart flutter.

For Uju, the daughter her mother never wanted, marriage would mean the attainment of that long elusive state of womanhood, and something else she has desired all her life—her mother’s approval. All will be well; he is the perfect match, the country will soon be democratic again and the economy is growing, or so she thinks....

Loosely based on the real stories of real women known to the author, Tomorrow I Become a Woman follows a complex relationship between mother and daughter as they grapple to come to terms with tremendous loss. This powerful debut by Aiwanose Odafen is a sensitive exploration of a woman’s struggle to meet societal and cultural expectations within the confines of a difficult marriage, a tribute to female friendship and a love story that spans two decades and continents against a backdrop of political turmoil and a fast-changing world.

©2022 Aiwanose Odafen (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, UK

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Addictive book

Thoroughly enjoyed, shouting at my phone.
The realness is very upsetting but shows where the improvements are needed within certain cultures and societies.

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The book was very gripping the author described the events that took place soo in depth and raw.

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Nothing less than incredible

I don’t even know where to start. I’ve had this book in my wish list for so long not knowing what I was missing out on. The journey it will take you on is heart breaking and breath taking.

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The reader was excellent, just like the story

A great listen. Lots of props to the reader, the accent and story telling was excellent. I loved the ending

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an impressive debut!

Beautifully written story! completely engrossed in all the turns, the heartbreak and eventually the triumph...the perfect narrator was a bonus!

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An Emotional Rollercoaster

This book took me through all the “motions". One minute I was angry (mostly angry btw) next I was sad, then hopeful and lastly heartbroken but wow, what a debut novel!! I loved this story so much. Standing ovation for Aiwanose Odafen. Remember that name. 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾