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Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband? by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn
Contemporary fiction

Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband?

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This vibrant, winning novel follows the (mis)adventures of a woman in pursuit of a date for her cousin’s wedding.

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Synopsis

Meet Yinka: a thirty-something, Oxford-educated, British Nigerian woman with a well-paid job, good friends, and a mother whose constant refrain is “Yinka, where is your huzband?”

Yinka’s Nigerian aunties frequently pray for her delivery from singledom, her work friends think she's too traditional (she’s saving herself for marriage!), her girlfriends think she needs to get over her ex already, and the men in her life...well, that’s a whole other story. But Yinka herself has always believed that true love will find her when the time is right.

Still, when her cousin gets engaged, Yinka commences Operation Find-A-Date for Rachel’s Wedding. Aided by a spreadsheet and her best friend, Yinka is determined to succeed. Will Yinka find herself a huzband? And what if the thing she really needs to find is herself?

Yinka, Where is Your Huzband? brilliantly subverts the traditional romantic comedy with an unconventional heroine who bravely asks the questions we all have about love. Wry, acerbic, moving, this is a love story that makes you smile but also makes you think—and explores what it means to find your way between two cultures, both of which are yours.

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Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband?

The Prayer of the Century

Saturday

It’s two hours into my sister’s baby shower and so far not one person has said, “So, Yinka, when is it going to be your turn?” Or the classic, “Yinka, where is your huzband?”

Thank you, God!

After going crazy with the party popper emoji and asking Nana what time she’ll reach, I shove my phone into my back pocket. Let’s just hope I haven’t inadvertently jinxed myself by celebrating too soon.

Slouching back in my chair, I stare at Kemi and her friends dancing in the center of her living room: all bumping and grinding, serious expressions on their faces, as though they’re competing in an Afrobeats dancing competition.

I look at those still seated: a red-?­haired woman and another with an eyebrow piercing who must be Kemi’s workmates, and four of my aunties. Like me, my aunties are struggling to finish their plates of jollof rice. It’s far too mild for our palates. I know everyone can’t take spice, but whoever made this didn’t represent us, Nigerians. Succumbing to defeat, I abandon the plate under my chair. When I look up, I spot Mum waddling through the throng of dancers, her wide hips swaying. When she gets to the front, she jabs her fingers against Kemi’s phone, before giving up and swiveling around. Mum still owns a Nokia 3410 so operating an iPhone is beyond her capacity.

“Hello?o! Hello?o!” she cries in a thick Nigerian accent. The thick Nigerian accent, mind you, that she still has, despite having moved to the UK way back in the eighties. “Can I have everyone’s attention, please?”

But the music drowns her out. Kemi and her friends carry on dancing to the song. Except my younger sister goes one step further. As though she has completely forgotten about the massive bump attached to her front, she dips her knees and bends her back and—oh, good Lord. She’s twerking.

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Why I love it

If I had to choose one word to sum up Yinka, Where is Your Huzband? it would be charming—quickly followed by fresh, modern, joyful, and great fun. On the one hand it’s a classic “single girl seeks date for wedding rom-com”, but Lizzie’s witty, joyful voice breathes an absolute blast of fresh air across the genre.

Yinka is an instantly likeable, big-hearted girl in need of a date for her cousin’s upcoming wedding, so she draws up a foolproof plan to hook herself a guy before the big day. So far, so good. Enter her family—her meddling mum and her humorous, interfering aunties, all of whom pray daily for Yinka’s release from singledom, plus her friends who think her “no sex before marriage rule” is too traditional, and we have a girl trying to walk the tightrope between her Nigerian roots and her London life, with often hilarious results. The warm ensemble cast will make you laugh out loud, and you’ll find yourself willing Yinka on in her search for a date. The story bubbles like fine champagne with love and loyalty, and sees Yinka digging deep towards the ultimate realization that the most important person she needs to find is herself.

This is a proper curl-up-and-escape kind of book, warm and super relatable. I loved it, and I’m sure you will too.

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Member ratings (1,706)

  • Emily A.

    Everett, WA

    Funny, whitty, easy read. Although I found the “growth” of the main character a little too sped up. She was annoying until she suddenly wasn’t. I would’ve liked to see more detail in that development

  • Japinique H.

    Greenville, NC

    the fact that it shows the every day struggles of black women trying to navigate their way through career,family and love. But also come to the conclusion that it’s OK Love yourself And be single❤️it

  • Naomie W.

    Washington, DC

    I was so anxious for Yinka to find herself and her happiness. YES, dark skin deserves a seat at the table! And when it comes to being pressured to marry/date due to “aging” this is spot on, loved it!

  • Leslie B.

    Charlotte, NC

    I loved this book. It gave insight to another culture & insecurities that we as Black women face. It removes the misnomer that it’s taboo to be single in your thirties. It’s okay to be driven & more!

  • Brittany G.

    Toledo, OH

    Unique, lovable characters. I enjoyed the way the author used romance to discuss topics like colorism, racism, singleness, celibacy, etc. I didn’t always agree with Yinka, but I always rooted for her!

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