Book review: Stay With Me


Oluthando Keteyi

Title: Stay With Me

Author: Ayobami Adebayo

Illustrations: Rafaela Romaya

ISBN: 9781782119586

Format:  Trade Paperback

Published: March 2017

Recommended Price: R 275.00

Stay With Me tells the tale of a Nigerian married couple, Yejide and Akin, who shows what happens when societies expectation meets reality.

This is a story of love and the challenges that come along with it and how love sometimes does not conquer all.

Set during Nigeria’s military regime, Yejide and Akin take us on the journey of how they met and how infertility, lies and infidelity take over their relationship.

Reading this book takes you through so many emotions as the relationship grows. There are moments of happiness, joy and sadness. Yes, this book will have you running out of tissues!

Ayobami Adebayo’s great use of words allows you as the reader to picture yourself in Yejide’s shoes, as she tries to fall pregnant and even when Akin decides to take on a second wife.

Stay With Me explores how culture influences the decisions that we make and how sometimes they may not always be what one wants but what one is forced to make.

Even if you don’t know much about Nigeria or even where it is located in Africa, Ayobami’s writing skills make sure you do not get lost, in fact, it starts to feel like home.

The story is told in the form of past and present and in the last chapters, we get to see how the actions of the past have consequences in the future – and they are not exactly what you would have thought, but better.

About the author:

Ayobami is a Nigerian author who holds a BA and MA degrees in Literature in English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife and has worked as an editor for Saraba Magazine since 2009. She was one of the highly-praised authors at the 2009 Commonwealth short story competition.