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Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband? Audiobook Free Download Details
- Book Title: Finka, Where Is Your Huzband? Audiobook
- Author: Lizzie Damilola Blackburn
- Published: January 18th 2022
- Goodreads Link: Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband? by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn Audiobook
- ISBN: 9780593299005
- Formats: Mp3
- No. of pages: Hardcover, 384 pages
- Size: 378 MB
- Genre: Fiction, Rom-Com, Romance, Contemporary, Womens Fiction, Adult Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Western Africa, Africa, Cultural
- Language: English
- File Status: Available
- Price: $0
Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband? by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn Summary
Meet Yinka: a thirty-something, Oxford-educated, British Nigerian woman with a well-paid job, good friends, and a mother whose constant refrain is “Yinka, where is your huzband?”
Yinka’s Nigerian aunties frequently pray for her delivery from singledom, her work friends think she’s too traditional (she’s saving herself for marriage!), her girlfriends think she needs to get over her ex already, and the men in her life…well, that’s a whole other story. But Yinka herself has always believed that true love will find her when the time is right.
Still, when her cousin gets engaged, Yinka commences Operation Find-A-Date for Rachel’s Wedding. Aided by a spreadsheet and her best friend, Yinka is determined to succeed. Will Yinka find herself a huzband? And what if the thing she really needs to find is herself?
Yinka, Where is Your Huzband? brilliantly subverts the traditional romantic comedy with an unconventional heroine who bravely asks the questions we all have about love. Wry, acerbic, moving, this is a love story that makes you smile but also makes you think–and explores what it means to find your way between two cultures, both of which are yours
Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband? by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn Book Review
The book cover is gorgeous and apt, centring on British Nigerian Yinka and the close female friends and family that are her support network. Yinka’s life is going haywire: the promotion she was expecting at work fails to materialize and she is given the pink slip instead, her close friend Rachel just announced her engagement putting immense pressure on her to produce a boyfriend to attend the ensuing festivities, her younger sister is pregnant, her mom and aunties keep setting her up with blind dates.
I appreciate that the author wanted to portray female support relationships in a positive light but Auntie Debbie, Ola and Yinka’s moms’ behaviour are quite obnoxious at times. Aunt Debbie loudly leads a group prayer that Yinka will find a huzband soon causing Yinka immense mortification, cousin Ola laughing in schadenfreude when one of Yinka’s dates goes wrong, mom’s incessant and unrelenting demands for Yinka to get married and produce grandkids for her.
Many times I winced on Yinka’s behalf at this ongoing harassment from family members, friends, church and wished she could shield herself from this toxicity by going low contact or no contact. She is forced to deal with the disappointments in her life such as her job dismissal and lie/pretend to these people that all is going swimmingly in her work and love life. I did like her bestie friend and roommate Nana who is refreshingly an aromantic and Auntie Blessing who helps Yinka with weaving her hair and using her high-powered contacts to help Yinka in her job search.
Much respect to the author for portraying a Christian heroine who wants to save her virginity after marriage and attempts to be a light alcohol drinker. This puts her at odds and makes her puzzling in her white British social circles. I also appreciated some highlighting of Black conundrums such as weave vs natural hair and issues such as colourism. My heart just broke for Yinka when a potential date rejected her on the basis of preference for lighter-skinned females.
For the rom-com part, I don’t think I was too invested in who Yinka ultimately chose – easygoing Alex, supportive Derek, needling Donovan, ex-boyfriend Femi. Yinka gamely trying to acquire skills in both Yoruba and Nigerian cooking to impress Alex rang true – as descendants of immigrants, some of the culture and heritage will be invariably lost/diluted. The side detail of Alex’s deceased twin sister didn’t really go anywhere despite some tantalizing clues, my guess had been that both Alex and his mother took to Yinka because of the resemblance with his sister. Also, I wish that the author had explained that in Yoruba culture, twins are traditionally named Taiwo (firstborn) and Kehinde (second-born), instead of just calling it Alex’s ‘Nigerian name.’
Everything tied up a little too neatly at the end though I very much applaud the rousing speech Yinka gave, giving thanks to her singledom. However the road to get there is rocky; when she asserts her boundaries and stands up for herself, her surrounding people tell her she’s changed and stage an intervention for her to go for therapy. Yinka’s innumerable pressures on being a good daughter, sister, friend, employee, date, bridesmaid, Christian come to a head and I really wished for her to just take some time for herself and live for herself outside of the expectations and demands of others.
About the Author [Lizzie Damilola Blackburn]
Lizzie Damilola Blackburn, born and raised in London, is a British-Nigerian writer who has been at the receiving end of the question in the title of her novel many times, and now lives with her husband in Milton Keynes, England.