Book Review: Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women by Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko
In Mirror of Our Lives, four Nigerian women share the compelling tales of their troubled lives and failed marriages, revealing how each managed to not only survive, but triumph under difficult and repressive circumstances.
Njide, Nneka, Miss Nelly, and Oby relive their stories of passion, deceit, heartache, and strength as they push through life-each on a unique journey to attain happiness, self-respect and inner peace. But none of the women’s journeys is without misjudgments and missteps. Njide falls in love at first sight, marries Tunji too quickly, and is dismayed when Tunji shows his true colors. Nneka once thought that she and Oji were the perfect couple-until Oji traveled to the United States. Miss Nelly is a kind and good-natured woman who allows everyone to take advantage of her-even her husband, whom she married only for his name. But everyone wonders why Oby and Mat even married at all, for their marriage was a battle from the very beginning.
The tales in Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women will inspire womenaround the world to never give up, to discover a sense of worth, and most of all, to learn to love themselves above everyone else.
I always try to put aside my own thoughts and feelings about violence and the submission some woman must endure in order to survive; when I am about to read a book dealing with this highly emotional content.
In order to read a non-fiction book that exposes such humiliation, I need to distance myself in order to become a part of what the writer is saying. And she has much to say!
You will feel the Nigeria she is allowing you to visit, you will hear the voices and the sounds, but most of all you will meet Four woman, woman that I personally would be proud to call friend. Each of the stories takes you into the homes, hearts and minds or four very different woman. There is no grasping for sympathy in this book, these woman are survivors, and their dignity remains intact, no matter how it is stripped from them.
Author Joy Nwosu Le-Bamijoko writes straight from the heart. She writes with a strong soul. Each story stands as a dedication to woman having the strength of character to live through and beyond the many forms of abuse they endure. This book is about the quiet heroes of Africa.