Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad


by Damilare Kuku

On Sale: 03/19/2024

Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad

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Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad


by Damilare Kuku

On Sale: 03/19/2024


About the Book

The anti-rom-com debut collection that took Nigeria by storm, featuring twelve outrageous, bold, and laugh-out-loud stories about the perils and pitfalls of dating men in Lagos, from a rising star of Nollywood.

“Sharply observational, funny and profound, this book is dynamic sociological satire that is as universal as it is specific.” —Bolu Babalola, author of Reese's Book Club pick and national bestseller Honey and Spice


One night, you will calmly put a knife to your husband's penis and promise to cut it off. It will scare him so much that the next day, he will call his family members for a meeting in the house. He will not call your family members, but you will not care. You won’t need them.

 In this remarkable short story collection, Damilare Kuku takes us deep into the heart of modern Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city, and the lives of a collection of audacious women who cope with romantic difficulties by brilliantly turning the tables on the men who wrong them.

One hardworking married woman calmly threatens sharp-edged revenge on her lazy, hypocritical husband. Another skillfully protects her own business interests by shielding her pastor-husband from allegations of cheating that may or may not be true. A group of wealthy wives deceived by their husbands join forces in a WhatsApp support group called the Virtuous Wives Guild. And a discerning dater fed up with Nigerian men makes a vow to only date oyibos, only to discover that white men can act just as badly.

A bestseller in Damilare Kuku’s native Nigeria, Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad is a raunchy, satisfying, and outrageous read steeped in the chaos and allure of sub-Saharan Africa’s largest city. It’s also a love letter to Nigerian women: the women in these stories may be confronted at every turn with liars, scammers, and cheaters in their quests for love, but they always figure out how to come out victorious.

Critical Praise

“‘Witty and utterly enjoyable! At the heart of every story is a juicy scandal waiting to unfold. This is definitely the best of Lagos situationships in three hundred pages.” — Sally Kenneth Dadzie, author of Stranger In Lagos

“Kuku’s provocative debut is a brilliant, witty, punchy account of the messiness of relationships.” — Refinery 29

“If you’re going through a break-up and need a pick-me-up, this is the one for you.” — Huffington Post


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063316362
  • ISBN 10: 0063316366
  • Imprint: HarperVia
  • On Sale: 03/19/2024
  • Pages: 272
  • List Price:32.00 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Contemporary Women
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / City Life
  • BISAC4 : FICTION / Humorous / General
  • BISAC5 : FICTION / World Literature / Africa / Nigeria
  • BISAC6 : FICTION: Diversity & Multicultural
  • BISAC7 : FICTION / Own Voices
  • BISAC8 : FICTION / World Literature / Africa / West Africa
  • BISAC9 : FICTION / Romance / Collections & Anthologies
  • BISAC10 : [BISAC code error]
  • BISAC11 : FICTION / Romance / Multicultural & Interracial

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