Bisi Adjapon’s novel The Teller Of Secretswas revealed to be the One Read Africa offering for December 2021 on December 10, 2021.
One Read is a mobile application, brought to you by Nigeria’s Sterling Bank and Ouida Books, aimed at promoting writers, publishers and other players in the African book industry to create a community of readers. So far, readers have gotten access to books by writers from across the African continent among others Helon Habila, Mukoma Wa Ngugi, Yolande Mukagasana, Petina Gappah, Nnamdi Ehirim, Ukamaka Olisakwe, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Hadiza Isma El-Rufai, Ishmael Beah, Zukiswa Wanner, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, Angela Makholwa, and Nozizwe Cynthia Jele.
The selected book for August 2021 is Bisi Adjapon’s novel The Teller Of Secrets which is published in Nigeria by Ouida Books. The Book blurb states;
The Teller Of Secrets is a tale of self-discovery and feminist reawakening. A feisty Nigerian-Ghanaian girl growing up amid the political upheaval of the late 1960s postcolonial Ghana begins to question the hypocrisy of her patriarchal society, and the restrictions and unrealistic expectations placed on women.
Young Esi Agyekum is the unofficial “secret keeper” of her family, as tight-lipped about her father’s adultery as she is about her half-sisters’ sex lives. But after she is humiliated and punished for her own sexual exploration, Esi begins to question why women’s secrets and men’s secrets bear different consequences. It is the beginning of a journey of discovery that will lead her to unexpected places.
As she navigates her burgeoning womanhood, Esi tries to reconcile her own dreams with her family’s complicated past and troubled present, as well as society’s many double standards that limit her and other women. Against a fraught political climate, Esi fights to carve out her own identity, and learns to manifest her power in surprising and inspiring ways.