by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: September 4th, 2018
BURIED BENEATH THE BAOBAB TREE is an extremely relevant novel, stirring up feelings and opinions on an important story rarely given attention. The heinous group of terrorists known as Boko Haram has been forcing its radical views of the Islamic religion onto Nigerian citizens since 2002. This sets up the premise of Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani’s outstanding debut novel. The protagonist and narrator of BURIED BENEATH THE BAOBAB TREE is a young Nigerian girl who values nothing more than her family and her education. When her village is taken by Boko Haram, she is torn away from everyone and everything she loves, except her best friend, who is taken alongside her.
Nwaubani’s striking tale of what happened following the kidnapping left me awestruck and to be honest, horrified. I will say that I have never been more shocked by the meaning of a novel’s title. In all, BURIED BENEATH THE BAOBAB TREE is an important and extremely well-written novel. Split into very short and easy to read chapters, the flow of the novel is smooth and quick. I recommend this novel to readers 14 and over, due to mature themes and graphic content.