As YINKA, WHERE IS YOUR HUZBAND opens, Yinka, a thirty-one year old bank operations manager is attending her younger sister Kemi’s baby shower.The family is all there including her village of aunties. The focus of the shower seems to be more on Yinka's relationship status as they offer up prayers for her to find a husband. Yinka’s mother is a young widow who had to raise Yinka and Kemi on her own so she was really concerned with when her oldest daughter will wed. The problem only exacerbates when Yinka’s cousin announces her engagement and Yinka is laid off from her job instead of receiving the promotion she bragged about to her family.
Yinka decides to execute Operation Find A Date for Rachel’s wedding as well as other goals she would love to achieve. She has six months to find a date but the dating pool is slim pickings. With Yinka holding on to her virtue until marriage, being darker complected and preferring her natural hair over relaxers and weave, she is not attracting Nigerian men. When she decides to stop stressing over a job and date for her cousin’s wedding and spends time with her Auntie Blessings, Yinka is then on the path of self-discovery, self-love and turning her dreams and goals into reality.
I love this book because, let’s face it, who has it all together at thirty one? There are more Yinkas in the world than there are Kemis and Rachels: young women who are attempting to navigate their best life. The novel is humorous and relatable. The pacing and storyline are engaging. I definitely recommend it.
Reviewed by Paula Allen
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