Purple Mangoes is a collection of short stories about African women…
“If it has not happened to you, it has happened to someone you know, or someone you know, knows someone it has happened to or you have heard stories about it !” – Olunosen Louisa Ibhaze
The last 20 years has been filled with talks and campaigns for the promotion of new attitudes and values towards African women. Despite our new found voices, these gendered practices as a result of patriarchal tradition still remain the norm in many societies and the work place. Many African women and girls today still continue to experience discriminatory practices as a result of cultural and religious beliefs which act as limiting factors towards realizing their full potential. This has fueled the trending gender equality debate towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals on gender equality.
Purple Mangoes is a collection of 10 relatable short stories focused on Nigerian women and girls recounting some of these gendered practices as a subtle reminder of the importance of new attitudes and change . It focuses on the joys , pains and mysteries of womanhood in Nigeria with a touch of humor , sarcasm and redemption as it examines the daily experiences of women in an African context, delving into topics ranging from love, marriage, and childbirth, to witchcraft, prostitution and circumcision.
In the bubbly hilly town of Nimbe, Paulina Omoregbe popularly known as Iye baby a.k.a Authentic Mama is a local mistress who struggles with the daily running of her Love Your Neighbour Bar and Beer Parlour , keeping her lovers happy with her magic touch and her weakness for her newest promiscuous sugar boy, the one eyed Valentine a.k.a Sweet Banana.
An illiterate, pidgin English speaking upper class rustic and President of the Imose Sisters Association of Accomplished and Distinguished Ladies, she does her best to live a good and fair life as an active and tithe paying member of the Christian Women’s Fellowship group at the Church of Miracles and Wonders as she battles the wives of her lovers and her business arch rival, the educated albino popularly called Oyibo C.E.O of Don’t Mind Your Wife Bar and Beer Parlour.
This is a hilarious satire and x ray into the lives of local mistresses with bottom power and rustics, set in the fictitious city of Nimbe, a bubbly hilly small town of great drama, night life, public secrets and free punches. The day to day running of their businesses and daily life brings them in contact with interesting and annoying customers and hilarious activities, from angry wives, sugar mummies, scorned girlfriends, unfaithful husbands, sugar boys, church women and the local law enforcement.