Book Review – In dependence by Sarah Ladipo Mayinka

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The moon, however took notice of the bells and rose from behind it’s clouds to light up the sky and send silver ripples across the Isis

This is the first book review in what seems like forever. I took a break from book reviews because I  thought I would always find a book interesting. I had been reading great books consecutively and they were good until I read some books lately and I was like “WHAT” so I realized it was about time I publish a review.

I love reading a book’s acknowledgement; it brings a sort of closeness to the author. Even bad books sometimes have good acknowledgements (no pun intended) . There was no acknowledgement in this book but I went on with it. Someone told me I was reading  JAMB (an  examination that helps one get into the university) book (like it’s a bad thing) Thumbs up to whoever picks JAMB book anyway.


The sky had darkened to a backdrop for thunder and menacing claps of lightning


The book starts in the 60s where we are introduced to Tayo ; A Nigerian boy sent to school abroad. He seem to adjust well in England, making new friends and supposedly finding love with Vanessa ; An English girl. A period where racism was unashamedly obvious they try to ‘establish’ their love. Vanessa making so much effort  to ‘fit in’. Although she appears genuinely interested in Tayo.

Things appears to be going fine until life happened. The twist in the book is unexpected but it is something the author creatively made  appealing.

Tayo deals with Nigeria’s unstable politics, surviving Nigeria, career amongst other things.

The book progresses even up to the late 90s where we see Tayo an adult and how decisions he made in his life shapened the remaining days of his life.

This book is about decisions, love, politics and survival against all odds. Well, the book is about so many things.


I particularly liked the letter exchanged in the book. It is not the type you skip, it is quite engaging.

I did not just want to finish this book, I wanted to read every line, be part of it and enjoy every bit.

Although, I felt that some parts were rushed in the book ; like the author was trying to reach somewhere and she did everything possible to get there.

The author is brilliant. She is good! When you read some books ehn you will appreciate good books. I knew it from the beginning and I look forward to reading her other book :like a mule bringing ice cream to the sun ( I will gladly accept a copy if you give me)


Yes! Thumbs up. Totally read it. If you have a sibling that took JAMB and you find the book lying around just read it. It’s a 4/5 for me. I enjoyed this one.

Title : In dependence

Author: Sarah Ladipo Mayinka

Publisher : Cassava Republic

Source : Borrowed

What are you currently reading? Have you read the book?

PS: Am I the only one that asks for spoilers while reading a book? I can’t even handle suspense at all. I will practically go to the end of the book while I am still struggling with page 10.

Funmilola Ogunseye
Funmilola Ogunseye
Funmilola is an avid reader who carries a book around every where. A writer, lover of all things beautiful, believer,inbound Marketing Strategist and a budding psychologist.


  1. Hmmmmm In dependence if I were to describe it in one word I’d use “captivating”. Funmi said the author is good but to me she’s great. The twist in part 2 was surprising. It was beyond my imaginations. Then the author was realistic enough to let us know that studying abroad doesn’t guarantee a good life. All in all this book was not a waste of time and am glad I took my time to read it.

    • There was a point I had to pause and think if the review was right or not because some people were not just feeling the book. Thank God! You see the beauty I found in the book. Thank you.💕

  2. Femi the review was right. Some readers don’t have a taste for our history. If you love to know about our culture In dependence is a great book to read. How can we know where we are going to when we don’t even understand where we are coming from. I got the same response too from people when they saw me with the book. To me I’d just say Nigerian youths are too lazy. They all got discouraged after a few pages of opening the book.

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  4. Ogunseye Funmilola says:

    Should we do more book review?

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