Dele Weds Destiny by @TomiObaro @HodderBooks #BookTour

I do love a good book tour and when I got asked to take part in this particular one, I jumped at it, as I had already read the book concerned as an ARC!

Today we look at Dele Weds Destiny, by Tomi Obaro.

The story of three once-inseparable college friends in Nigeria who reunite in Lagos for the first time in thirty years–a sparkling debut novel about mothers and daughters, culture and class, sex and love, and the extraordinary resilience of female friendship.

Funmi, Enitan, and Zainab first meet at university in Nigeria and become friends for life despite their differences. Funmi is beautiful, brash, and determined; Enitan is homely and eager, seeking escape from her single mother’s smothering and needy love; Zainab is elegant and reserved, raised by her father’s first two wives after her mother’s death in childbirth. Their friendship is complicated but enduring, and over the course of the novel, the reader learns about their loves and losses. How Funmi stole Zainab’s boyfriend and became pregnant, only to have an abortion and lose the boyfriend to police violence. How Enitan was seduced by an American Peace Corps volunteer, the only one who ever really saw her, but is culturally so different from him–a Connecticut WASP–that raising their daughter together put them at odds. How Zainab fell in love with her teacher, a friend of her father’s, and ruptured her relationship with her father to have him.

Now, some thirty years later, the three women are reunited for the first time, in Lagos. The occasion: Funmi’s daughter, Destiny, is getting married. Enitan brings her American daughter, Remi. Zainab travels by bus, nervously leaving her ailing husband in the care of their son. Funmi, hosting the weekend with her wealthy husband, wants everything to go perfectly. But as the big day approaches, it becomes clear that something is not right. As the novel builds powerfully, the complexities of the mothers’ friendship–and the private wisdom each has earned–come to bear on a riveting, heartrending moment of decision. Dele Weds Destiny is a sensational debut from a dazzling new voice in contemporary fiction.

My Review

Dele Weds Destiny by Tomi Obaro
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love reading books from different cultural backgrounds to myself and they feel like an education to me.
Dele Weds Destiny is set in Nigeria and the story is told through the eyes of three different protagonists; old friends from university.
The story jumps over there different eras, their childhood background, their university years and 2015, when one of them has a daughter getting married, and they are finally together after many years.
All three characters, though Nigerian, come from very different backgrounds and the book explores the familial expectations, the friendship these three young women forge, disappointments, and sacrifices, as well as how fortunes can turn.
A rich, cultural explosion.

Tomi Obaro is a Brooklyn-based writer and senior culture editor at BuzzFeed News. Dele Weds Destiny is her debut novel.

She writes cultural criticism, features, and personal essays which appear t BuzzFeed News, The Morning News, and The Toast.

She can be found on Twitter @TomiObaro and on her personal Website,

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Jul 03, 2022 @ 18:58:41

    Great to get information about other cultures, and another style of writing, so i think. Thanks, Sis! Sorry, i think you have influenced with your former tiredness. Now i think i am only on the half of my normal stress level. 😉 Best wishes, Michael

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  2. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Jul 03, 2022 @ 18:56:40


  3. beth
    Jul 03, 2022 @ 11:00:46

    sounds like a great story and I love learning more about other cultures in the process

    Liked by 1 person


  4. johnrieber
    Jul 03, 2022 @ 07:37:42

    Love the book tours as well – thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 1 person


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