Review: ‘Yinka, Where is Your Huzband?’ by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

Yinka is thirty-one and single. She must find a husband – a prayer that sits on the lips of her mother and her aunties. Things in the dating world aren’t going too well for her; an engaged ex-boyfriend who broke her heart, her aunt’s set-up and a match from an online dating site. With her cousin’s wedding coming she sets out to find a date for the special day but just about everything seems to be working against her. In the end, is it a man she must find or is it herself?

What is a ‘huzband’?

I’m pretty sure a lot of women who have entered their thirties single will enjoy this book as Yinka’s story can easily be their story. The rules that society has made that once women reach their late twenties, if they’re not getting married or showing signs, they ought to be ashamed of themselves.

“You’re not getting any younger,” is always the number one threat. Blackburn has written a story which resonates with so many of the absolutely high standards that society has set for women, and Yinka, undoubtedly, typifies the penalty for not meeting these standards.

Although physically on the large side, it is a light read, in terms of how simple and comprehensible it is. It’s also humorous and most of the characters are easily relatable. It’s worth a read.