Having inherited a house in Surulere from his father, and having waited ten years for the terms of the inheritance to be fulfilled, Adewale Maja – pearce is eager to take possession of his house. He offers the tenants a one-year-rent-free break to allow them search for other accommodation, after which they will move out. little does Maja-Pearce knows that, when the time comes to leave, his tenants will put him through one of the fiercest struggles of his life in their attempts to stay put.
The novel is the first series in a Trilogy. It chronicles the journey of Anjola Ayo-Kessington. Your average girl next door whose life suddenly changes when she finds herself married to an older man from a prestigious and powerful family. She is forced to give up her personal ambitions to fit into her husband’s family’s ideology of who an Ayo-Kessington wife should be.
Femi, a university student has been killed by overzealous men of the Oodua People’s Congress in the little town of Ago-Iwoye, sending a cloud of fear and uncertainty over it.
But it is the retaliatory violence which begins as a ‘peaceful protest’ that turns the town into a war zone, leaving the king dethroned, his palace in flames and innocent students at the mercy of enraged indigenes.
There is bloodshed, rape and more bloodshed that envelopes the night, even as four friends and their girls, attempt to see the night out, including pen-lovers, Tubor and Temmy, whose first meeting quickly becomes a desperate survival adventure.
Aliya has to constantly remind her father that she is not a child but ‘a young adult.’ He does not always agree with her.
But now that she is turning sixteen, he is sitting up and taking notice. The expected birthday card from him is replaced by a present and no holds barred letter – a page for each year she has lived. It chronicles the lessons he has tried to teach her and the wisdom he has attempted to pass to her.