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Fata MorganaOn Black Sisters Street is the story of four African females who for various reasons end up rostitutes in Belgiums red light district All are chasing the dream of a better life outside their native countries in Africa For one of them the dream will end tragically On Black Sisters Street is a raw Killing Cancer provocative and riveting novel from debut author Chika Unigwe The beginning was a little juxtaposed for me but once I gotast the first couple of chapters and began to hear the voices of Ama Joyce and Efe against the backdrop of Sisi it became a very engaging read for me and one that I didn t want to engaging read for me and one that I didn t want to down until I got to the very last Searing page Of course I had to know what happened to Sisi and how she came to her demise I recommend On Black Sisters Street to all who enjoy literary reads storylines about women from the Af Living in Switzerland stopping human trafficking is a goal for many Int l agencies here It s a very interesting book because the topic though fictional is very real It s not just aroblem in Belgium as depicted in the story but all across Europe Asia and yes North America The stories and circumstances for which the women find themselves are believable and very sad The author does a good job in roviding some insights into the backgrounds of these characters If I have any criticism it is only in the way the book ends it rushes too uickly to a conclusion Also I didn t care for the way in which the main character Sisi was revealed Overall I found myself invested in these characters from the beginning At times despite their dire circumstances I still wanted to strangle them for making such dangerous choices I look forward to reading work I still wanted to strangle them for making such dangerous choices I look forward to reading work this author Very well done Reading this book made me reflect on a lot of things about Nigeria the diversity the eoples the hardships and the choices and sufferings of said eoples The story is about the lives of four different African women forced to trade their bodies for a better life far away from their own country in Belgium The sudden death of one of the women finds the other women in shock and in the spur of the moment THEY FIND THEMSELVES EXCHANGING PREVIOUSLY UNTOLD SECRETS AND CHILLING find themselves exchanging reviously untold secrets and chilling tales of the experiences that culminated in them becoming flesh traders in a foreign land Each of the women has experiences that are both uniue in their grimness and horrifying in nature Each of these experiences closely mirrors the realities of early 21st century Nigeria The revailing societal vices of the day as well as a number of the horrifying atrocities committed by eople on a daily basis and how they affect the lives of five women is the epicentre of the story The story is an expository into how lives are shaped by specific experiences In the story all of the four women experience sexual abuse of varying degrees Coupled with the hardship in the country and the Heads of the Colored People pressures of re. On Black Sisters Street tells the haunting story of four very different women who have left their African homeland for the riches of Europe and who are thrown together by bad luck and big dreams into a sisterhood that will change their lives Each night Sisi Ama Efe and Joyce stand in the windows of Antwerp’s red light districtromising to make men’s desires come true if only for half an hour Pledged to the fierce. ,

Ligion society and culture the women are forced to make a choice whether to ersevere with no end in sight to their sufferings or to trade their female dignity for European baubles The story is told in the form of a flashback The effect is an increased depth in the intensity of the experiences shared in the story and the drawing of the attention of readers to a number of common underlying factors in each experience The characters are revealed with all the attention and intricacy of a highly skilled artist A gradual unravelling of the nature and then the experiences that shape each character The result is a tale that is incredibly accurate in ortrayal of lower class society Each character is ortrayed in all the gory glory of abuses suffered dashe That first experience of sex was so ainful in its ordinariness that she had spent days wanting to cry On Black Sisters Street by Chika Unigwe is a novel about four African sex workers who by distinct and tragic means travel from their home countries to work in the red light district of Antwerp Belgium The story begins with Sisi erhaps the most complicated character who turns to The True Story of the Bilderberg Group prostitution because of a failure of all the options in her lifeerhaps most stunningly education the holy grail that has been held up by her own thwarted When I Grow Up (Tales From Foster High, parents to be their saviour Arophecy that would rinse her life in a Technicolor glow ends up failing them all It is a testament to Ms Unigwe s understanding of the economies of mega cities and the Arachne politics of those societies inarticular Lagos that we can see how Sisi s ambitions burn out inexorably one by one Count your teeth with your tongue welu ile gi guo eze gi no and tell me what you come up with Sisi s apparent murder at the beginning of the book draws her three housemates together in a series of confessions revealing their own rich backstories and ambitions Ama hails from Enugu in southeastern Nigeria where Ms Unigwe and I were both born an angry tempestuous woman with violence and oppression marking her Rock Lead Basics past Efe is from Lagos a young mother abandoned by the father of her child and now seeking a better or at least monied life to support her son and siblings And Joyce is from war torn Sudanerhaps the most beautiful of the four and the most desperately alone He laughed A laughter that stretched itself into a suare that kept him safe Ms Unigwe never stoops to cliche nor self Lightning Over Bennett Ranch pity Some of the reviews of OBSS have mentioned the stereotypical male characters who are unilaterally awful human beings but honestly thatarticular critiue means little to me Those men are all based on real Sri Sumarah, Pariyem dan Bu Bei people we know them or of them and I was interested in how well the female characters are realized Each of the four main female characters is fully and distinctly drawn and the writing like their lives is sometimeslain sometimes glorious She went in and. Madam and a mysterious imp named Dele the girls share an apartment but little else they keep their heads down knowing that one step out of line could cost them a week’s wages They open their bodies to strangers but their hearts to no one each focused on earning enough to get herself free to send money home or save up for her own futureThen suddenly a murder shatters the still surface of their lives Drawn together.
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Bought a sandwich with lettuce spilling out the sides ruffled And Moist Here Were Drunks moist here were drunks eyes like uarter moons and throats full of stories I love the Igbo interspersed with THE ENGLISH SOMETIMES TRANSLATED OFTEN NOT English sometimes translated often not well as the idgin that some of them speak Here are three lovely examples I liked the look of the woman Ugly Ojoka but in a very attractive way I saw this with my own koro koro eyes With my height if I no wear heels I go be like full stop on the ground The women are reaching for the life of the rich and the arrived and their end goals and ambitions are as varied as their Global Corporations in Global Governance personalities But it is theirarticular histories that tie this clear spoken heartbreaking book together how very different Sister for Sale people can come together and move on the Udi Hills surrounding Enugu rolling and folding into one another like an enormousiece of green cloth Ms Unigwe s first two novels were written in Dutch making her the first Flemish writer of African origin and her next two have been in English This kind of language The Blue Door (Threshold proficiency is just marvelous let alone how challenging it seems to me to write a book about sex workers that has the ring of resonance and truth all around I m much looking forward to reading her other work those written and those to come The road is far uzo eteka I heard second hand a story about a man whose son had died some years before Asked how he found the energy for his community work after such a heartbreaking loss he said Life is not about waiting for the storm to end but learning to dance in the rain In the self stories shared by four women in this book their dreams their vulnerability their sufferings all invoke sympathy but it s the way they somehowick themselves up and carry on the way they just about sustain each other messily and with a 25% critical failure rate by hearing and affirming and sharing laughter and hope that makes the book bearable to read even helpful like those words of courage in terrible griefThe fragmentary narrative structure works beautifully collective memory gradually emerging enabling the reader to feel the women s relief from the loneliness of living in a foreign country behind the sex worker s rotective mask of glamour when they tell their own stories This is how I was betrayed by a man and how I have survivedOne thing I found weird about this edition was the blurb which says the book is about Dele above all Maybe this is an attempt to assign responsibility to an abuser but I don t think it s appropriate Like all the men in this book Dele controls women s lives but the women own it all the way wresting every shred of self determination available from whatever horrible situation they re forced into They *Are Never Idealised And Are *never idealised and are unlikeable They make bad choices and abuse others too but we re made well aware that their options look like the frying an and the fir. By tragedy and the loss of one of their own the women realize that they must choose between their secrets and their safety As they begin to tell their stories their confessions reveal the face in Efe’s hidden The Art of Standing Still photograph Ama’s lifelong search for a father Joyce’s true name and Sisi’s deepest secrets and all their tales of fear displacement and love concluding in a chance meeting with aowerful sinister strang. ,