Book Review: Stay With Me

Stay with Me

With Go Places Magazine

A debut novel that was shortlisted for the prestigious Women’s Prize for Fiction and set in Nigeria, gives voice to both husband and wife as they tell the story of their marriage and the forces that threaten to tear it apart.

Stay with Me is about the complicated relationship between Yejide and Akin, and their heartbreaking journey to being parents. They met and fell in love when Yejide was in university. They had been married for four years without a child. They consulted fertility doctors, healers, trying strange teas and other unlikely cures but still no child. Akin’s mother brings in a second wife to solve the problem. Yejide is scared of what will happen to the marriage, she knows she has to get pregnant. She does get pregnant but at a cost far greater than she and Akin could have imagined. With a statement like ‘Sometimes I think we have children because we want to leave behind someone who can explain who we were to the world when we are gone’ Stay With Me asks how much we can sacrifice for the sake of family. It is written in modest language with witticism that uplifts an otherwise unhappy story. It addresses how hard it is being a modern woman in Nigeria with old customs and family traditions interfering .The themes in Stay with Me are not new polygamy, infertility, infidelity and society’s perception of role of the women in marriage. This is a book you should have at hand.




Ayobámi Adébáyo was born in Lagos , Nigeria. She holds BA and MA degrees in Literature in English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife. Adébáyo has written for the BBC, LitHub, The Guardian(UK) and others. In 2017, she won The Future Awards Africa Prize for Arts and Culture.


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