Book Review: Kaine Agary’s ‘Yellow-Yellow’

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‘“Yellow-Yellow.” That is what most people in my village called me because of my complexion, the product of a Greek father and an Ijaw mother’.

Yellow-Yellow tells the story of Zilafeya, a mixed-race girl raised in the village by her single mother. Zilafeya’s mother ‘Bibi’ does her best to ensure her daughter doesn’t make the same mistakes she did, and works hard to provide her daughter with an education so she can go to university and better herself. Zilafeya desires to leave her village and eventually through the help of her church’s pastor moves to Port Harcourt, where she starts a new life under the watchful eyes of Sisi and Lolo.

I was drawn to Yellow-Yellow by the synopsis, and while it wasn’t the greatest read ever, it also wasn’t terrible.  While issues of racial identity, sexuality, corruption, poverty, and Niger-Delta oil issues were discussed the main thing I thought the book was about was a girl searching for a father figure but looking in all the wrong places.I had some issues with the book, but that wouldn’t stop me from recommending it to people to read. It was definitely an interesting read and I look forward to more novels by Kaine Agary.

3 out of 5 stars

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