A man and woman begin an intense romance and find their lives unexpectedly linked to the rise and fall of their disintegrating nation, propelling them fight against fate to hold onto each other. From the moment she is born, a woman is taught who to be; as she hits a low point in her life, she learns to shed all she has been taught and bravely find out who she is for herself. In a deserted town, a woman is captured by militants and held captive at a young age. She transcends her painful past but struggles with the scars it leaves behind. A woman in the throes of traumatic heartbreak attempts to contain her grief and slowly learns to move on. In the titular story, a dynamic musician and a talented groupie take a journey of both love and music, creating history the world will not soon forget. Set in contemporary Africa, the seven stories in this debut collection center on men and women navigating the complexities of love, journeying to self discovery and seizing the courage to carry on amidst tumultuous personal and political atmospheres.

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25 Mar 2017
Zainab Omaki’s Side Babies is a collection of short stories exploring the lives of women. The debut collection comes as a recent addition to the fast growing catalogue of UK-based publishing house Bahati Books. The modern African woman takes center ...


25 Mar 2017
When I first saw the title “Side Babies,” I was expecting a collection of witty and entertaining stories. But what I got was something different. I got the wit all right but above that, I got soulful, thought-provoking monologues and conversation ...

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