#LiterallyWhatsHot: Why More Women and Men Should Accept Zainab Omaki’s “Side Babies”

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CYMERA_20150926_192616 (1)You see the title “Side Babies” and you expect a collection of witty and entertaining stories that create fleeting impressions. And you get wit all right but above that, you get soul, thought provoking monologues and conversations and full proof life quotes (What’s a book without quotable quotes really?).

In this 7 story compilation, Zainab Omaki with such fluid grasps of literature focuses on women – their capabilities to draw strength from whatever given situation. Their ability to love truly and totally, to be consumed with the loss of this love and the sadness coupled with lack of control that threatens to consume when their hearts are filled with loss and it seems there is nothing else to live or hope for.

Side babies starts with “The Great Unlearning,” – a monologue that’s intent on unraveling the very core of our growth, forcing us to renounce general accepted theories of life.

With The Great Unlearning, you are not really unlearning anything, but rather arming yourself with something more powerful than anything you might have ever been taught – the true knowledge of who you are.

Zainab, after ruffling feathers and exposing the emptiness most of us feel but are unable to express in “The Great Unlearning,” delved further into life with “Dissolution of Love and State” – a story set in the civil war era but focused on the implications of a time we only read about, on a couple whose love was tested by the circumstances governing their country.

She outlines the characters reaction to news, both good and bad, and how the instability of the nation turned their sudden love sour.

Lee’la, the one true Side Baby, takes control of a man whose major weapon is the power he wields with music. She learns to understand him, love him despite his several wives and different ideologies and finally own him even in the face of other Side Babies and detractors.

Her other stories are equally as captivating.

At the end of the book, we are left searching our minds, aligning our thinking, finding our identity and questioning the very core of the system we’ve all been taught to accept.

At the end … we accept that Zainab Omaki’s “Side Babies” is a truly enjoyable read.

“Side Babies” is published by Bahati Books download a copy of the book at Side Babies: Contemporary Women In Africa today




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