Spirited and intelligent, Morayo grows up surrounded by school friends and family in busy, modern-day Ibadan, Nigeria. An adoring little sister, their traditional parents, and a host of aunties and cousins make Morayo's home their own. So there's nothing unusual about her charming but troubled cousin Bros T moving in with the family. At first Morayo and her sister are delighted, but in her innocence, nothing prepares Morayo for the shameful secret Bros T forces upon her. Thrust into a web of oppressive silence woven by the adults around her, Morayo must learn to fiercely protect herself and her sister from a legacy of silence many women in Morayo's family share. Only Aunty Morenike—once shielded by her own mother—provides Morayo with a safe home and a sense of female community that sustains her as she grows into a young woman in bustling, politically charged, often violent Nigeria.

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24 May 2017
8.0
Ontario resident Yejide Kilanko’s first novel transports readers to her native Nigeria, telling a dark coming-of-age story that brings attention to the kind of violence many women suffer in silence. Daughters Who Walk this Path is narrated by Moray ...
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Homeland Reviews

12 Sep 2016
8.0
Spirited and intelligent, Morayo grows up surrounded by school friends and family in Ibadan. There is Eniayo, her adoring little sister – for whose sake their middle-class parents fight stigmatizing superstition – and a large extended family of c ...
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Africareeds

21 Apr 2016
7.0
Spirited and intelligent, Morayo grows up surrounded by school friends and family in Ibadan. There is Eniayo, her adoring little sister- for whose sake their middle-class parents fight stigmatising superstition- and a large extended family of cousins ...
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connectnigeria.com

09 Mar 2015
8.0
Yejide Kilanko is a writer and a Certified Therapist in Children’s Mental Health. Her debut novel, ‘Daughters Who Walk This Path’ is a phenomenal book; a recommended read, I must add. Daughters Who Walk This Path is a fictional novel set in Iba ...
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Brittle Paper

07 Jan 2015
8.0
The world abounds with novels about violence against women. So why should you read Daughters Who Walk This Path, Kilanko’s rewrite of a motif that has inspired everyone from Shakespeare (Rape of Lucrece) to Alice Walker (The Color Purple)? You shou ...
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StarTribune

26 Jan 2013
8.0
In the opening pages of “Daughters Who Walk This Path,” two sisters listen carefully to their father as he tells them a Nigerian folk tale. As every one of these folk tales has a moral, the younger sister asks what the moral of this particular st ...

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Penguin Canada

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978-0-143-18611-3

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English

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