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The Stolen Daughter by Florence Ọlájídé

Florence Ọlájídé 's The Stolen Daughter is a masterfully crafted historical novel that will grip your heart from the very first page. Set in Western Africa in 1848, this poignant story follows the life of fourteen-year-old Ṣìkẹ́mi, a headstrong girl who dreams of defying societal expectations. Her idyllic village life is shattered when slave raiders brutally invade, tearing her away from her family and thrusting her into a world of unimaginable hardship.

Ṣìkẹ́mi's journey is both harrowing and inspiring. Olajide paints a vivid picture of her resilience as she navigates the oppressive and dangerous world she is forced into. The transformation of Ṣìkẹ́mi from a village girl into a warrior is nothing short of extraordinary. Her courage and unyielding spirit in the face of relentless adversity are truly awe-inspiring. The author beautifully captures Ṣìkẹ́mi's inner strength and determination, making her a character readers will root for with every turn of the page.

Madam Tinúbú, the complex antagonist, adds depth to the narrative. As a powerful slave trader, she is both ruthless and cunning, yet Ọlájídé skillfully reveals layers to her character that challenge the reader’s perception. The relationship between Ṣìkẹ́mi and Madam Tinúbú is compelling and fraught with tension, providing a rich backdrop for Ṣìkẹ́mi’s plans and aspirations.

The Stolen Daughter is more than just a story of survival; it is a testament to the indomitable spirit of women who, despite being in a world ruled by men, find ways to assert their strength and agency. The book is a powerful reminder of the resilience of the human spirit and the lengths one can go to in order to reclaim their life and loved ones.

Inspired by true events, this novel not only entertains but also educates, shedding light on a dark chapter of history with sensitivity and care. This is a book that will stay with you long after the final page is turned.

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My heart races as gunfire startles me from my sleep, and my lungs fill with smoke as I realise my village is being burned to the ground. I tremble as I discover my family is missing, but before I can find them, I am taken. With tears streaming down my face, I wonder if I’ll ever see my parents and little brother again…

Western Africa, 1848. In a small Yorùbá village, fourteen-year-old Ṣìkẹ́mi refuses to live by the elders’ rules. All she wants is to learn how to hunt and defend herself, like the boys. But her father is quick to remind her that soon she’ll be expected to grow up and marry.

But Ṣìkẹ́mi’s world shatters when her village is ambushed by slave raiders. She watches in horror as she’s separated from her family before she is sold to Madam Tinúbú, a rich and powerful slave trader. With her heart in pieces, Ṣìkẹ́mi’s days are filled with back-breaking labour and constant fear of brutal punishment.

Desperate, Ṣìkẹ́mi looks for a way to escape her nightmare and find her family. When someone tries to poison Madam, she sees a chance to save her mistress’s life. As a reward, Madam grants Ṣìkẹ́mi’s request to train as a warrior and join her guard. Madam sees something in Ṣìkẹ́mi that she could use, and something she desperately needs to keep her power…

But Ṣìkẹ́mi has a plan of her own. Even if everything is taken away from her, her spirit will never be broken. And nothing will stop her from being reunited with her family. Not even Madam.

Inspired by true events, The Stolen Daughter is a gripping and unputdownable story about facing your fears, overcoming unimaginable hardship, and the courage and strength of women in a world ruled by men. Fans of Marie Benedict, Sadeqa Johnson and Suzette D. Harrison will be swept away.

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More About Florence Ọlájídé 

Florence OlajideFlorence is an educator and her passion is improving children’s lives. She caught the teaching bug at thirteen when she organised the neighbourhood kids into evening classes so they could support each other with homework. Three years later, just shy of her sixteenth birthday, she entered the University of Lagos, Nigeria to begin her teacher training. In 1981, she graduated from the University of Lagos, Nigeria with a Nigerian Certificate in Education. She was a headteacher of a London inner city primary school. She is the co-founder of Inspired Futures and has a passion for seeing children achieve the best they can and ensuring that schools provide them with a first-class education. Florence was shortlisted to attend Penguin Random House’s WriteNow London workshop in 2018. She is the author of the memoir Coconut.

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