Book Review: Under the Udala Trees

Before you read this book I’d suggest you Google udala trees. The you can read this book review. ..then you can go read the book. Either way make sure you read it

Ijeoma, a ten year old Igbo girl, is living a comfortable middle class life with her parents in Nigeria when the Biafra civil war changes everything.  Overnight, Ijeoma and her family have to flee, moving city to city and community to community, taking odd jobs just to survive. The only bright moment in this time of bleakness is when she meets Amina,  a girl her own age, but the war and cultural norms drive them apart. 

This is a heartbreaking story that will resonate with almost everyone as it talks about LGBTQ in Africa and I discovered I hate labels as they box people 

It also delves into the ever present question of why it’s good to question the beliefs that came about after Christianity and  Colonialism with regards to the bible. The best rhetoric which i find in a lot of books have to be why our land and geography is named after white men because they “discovered” them as if we did not know about them before the white man opened our eyes. It’s as if what Africans worshipped was made worthless with the advent of the white man in Africa 

There is also the question of why there are so many horrible stories in the bible and the brainwashing that happens in the church industry where no one wants to question the men of the clock but rather just saying Amen

There was also the comic relief brought about by the mother who wanted to impose her will on her daughter until she just gives up…something that has happened to a lot  of millenials in pursuit of their Identity 

I found myself thinking deeply about these things that the book brought out and I’m sure it will do the same for you

If you are a lesbian this is also a good read for you

Some excerpts from the book:

“There is a way in which distance represses one’s sense of obligation,  or rather, a way in which closeness intensifies one’s sense of duty”

The author also likens marriage to a bicycle to illustrate how women  should always follow her husband…an issue that gnaws at the protagonist and also raises the feminism issue. Id like to hear your thoughts on this

“The thought occurred to me: Yes it had been Adam and Everton.  But so what if it was only the story of Adam and Eve that we got in the Bible? Why did that have to exclude the possibility of a certain Adam and Adam  or a certain Eve and Eve? Just because the story happened to focus on a certain Adam and Eve did not mean that all other possibilities were forbidden.  Just because the Bible recorded one specific thread of events,  one specific history, why did that have to invalidate or discredit all other threads, all other histories? Woman was creaTed for man, yes. But why did that menace that woman  could not also have been created for another woman? Or man for another man? Infinite possibilities and a of them perfectly viable”

Enjoy this riveting entertaining book or drop your email in the contacts and I will hook you up with a softcopy


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