Hello guys!😌 Whew, it’s been a while, I know … and I’m sorry😐. Your girl has been busy and not so busy. Look, to be honest, I don’t even know what I’ve been doing for the past two months that I haven’t posted on here. It just seems like Life Happened, you know what I mean and here we are πŸ™ƒ. Anyway, I hope everyone has been well and doing great. I missed y’all as much as you missed me, I promise. 😘☺️😚.

Today, I’ll be reviewing a book I was lucky to have been gifted on IG titled “The Kaya-Girl by Mamle Wolo.”

Blurb: An accidental meeting in Accra’s bustling Makola market makes an impact that is to affect the destinies of two extraordinary young women. For Abena, the open-minded girl from a comfortable family, the meeting is an opportunity to learn about the culture of the other girl and to appreciate the dignity that we often fail to see in the lives of the underprivileged of our country. For Faiza, the eponymous Kaya-Girl, the encounter with the richer girl is to provide a joyful adventure in her otherwise harsh existence and provide inspiration that will transform her life.

I enjoyed this book for many reasons. One, because it’s so easy to read and I finished it in one sitting. It has a Young Adult (YA) feel at the beginning even to the end when the characters grow older. I also felt closer to the characters like they were friends I knew.

I loved Abena for being the open-minded girl she was, not judging people by the state of their pockets or roots and genuinely being friends with a Kayayoo. It doesn’t happen often in this our world. And that lie she cooked in Page 47…πŸ˜‚, oh my gosh, the best liar award goes to her, clearly. I loved Faiza too for being strong, hopeful and determined in life regardless of her background and circumstances in life. She pushed hard and in the end made something of herself (she became a DOCTOR y’all!!!). I was really proud of her.

I really envied the friendship between both girls and often wondered in between reading if such strong bonds still do exist in our world.

Nonetheless, I had a number of questions while reading this book. Questions like why children from Faiza’s culture were given to their aunties to be raised instead of being raised by their own mothers? Do people really eat Tuo-zaafi with groundnut soup and leaves as said by Abena’s father? I mean that was a new one for me. Please let me know if you have heard of suchβ€”TZ and groundnut soup? HmπŸ€”.

Excerpt from the book:

“One could admire a quality in another and love them for it, aspire to emulate them, rather than hating them for possessing what one did not.” I loved this wholesome sentence made by Abena as such a little girl and it spoke volumes and was filled with so much wisdom.

Fun fact: I actually won this book from a giveaway organized by @certified_book_lover on Instagram. Thank you once again for gifting me this book. God bless you πŸ’œ and please go follow my girl. She does awesome book reviews on her page as well.

I’d definitely recommend this book for anyone looking for a contemporary Ghanaian read. I give it a 4-star rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐. I enjoyed it. If you have read it too, let me know how you felt about it in the comments section.

Thank you so much for reading. Welcome to my blog if this is your first time here. I’m Liz and I do a number of stuff here. Do stick around or come by often. I love you guys and I’ll see you soon with another review. Until then, it’s bye-bye βœŒπŸΎπŸ’œπŸ˜Œ.