“The Girl with the Louding Voice” follows Adunni, a 14-year-old girl living in poverty outside Lagos, Nigeria. Her hopes of an education are dashed when her father arranges her marriage for a bride-price that can cover the rent.
Adunni soon must navigate a life as the third wife in a home where she is preyed upon, and another home where she works as a “house-maid” / enslaved youth.
It’s heavy, and levity and light come in Adunni’s relationships — with maternal and healing second wife Khadija; pragmatic and caring cook Kofi; and Tia, a well-educated outsider, new to Nigeria and struggling with the harsher realities of the move.
Adunni moves through the jungle justice, the gender discrimination and the extreme poverty — determined to fight for her education, her ability to speak and be heard.
For her louding voice.
And, it’s this perseverance and unbroken spirit that rises to the top here.
Told wholly through Adunni’s broken English, this book puts you squarely into her youthful and naive perspective — a narrative choice that extends the heartbreak of her injustices and elevates the joy of her simple pleasures.
Author Abi Daré’s debut is based on her observations growing up in Lagos; she was inspired by a conversation with her own daughter.
“The Girl with the Louding Voice” is a work of art, a tearful battle cry that’s worth diving into.
Title: “The Girl with the Louding Voice”
Author: Abi Daré