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Your current situation should not hold you back from achieving success in life. -A review of Tomisin Oyemade’s Ife the blind girl


If you’ve had the joy of delving into Tomisin Oyemade’s first collection, “Rabbit Girl and Other Stories,” you’re probably eagerly awaiting what her latest creation, “Ife the Blind Girl,” has in store. Luckily, that anticipation doesn’t go to waste.

Unlike her previous work, where she wove an assorted tapestry of stories, “Ife the Blind Girl” hones in on a central character, Ife. Within the pages of this compelling narrative, Tomisin Oyemade takes readers on a gripping journey.

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Through Ife’s experiences, Tomisin Oyemade thoughtfully delves into the central themes of resilience and determination, immersing readers deeply in the story. Ife, the character at the story’s heart, serves as a role model, epitomizing qualities like unwavering perseverance and a resilient spirit in the face of adversity. This makes “Ife the Blind Girl” not only a source of enjoyment but also an invaluable tool for nurturing the moral and emotional development of young minds.

“Ife the Blind Girl” strikes a chord not just with its young readers, but with parents as well. It extends a heartfelt connection to families raising children with disabilities. As these families dive into the narrative, they come to a profound realization: they aren’t alone on their unique journey. This heartfelt connection provides comfort and reassurance, underlining that their experiences, challenges, and victories are shared by others who comprehend their path.

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This book is unquestionably a cherished addition to the bookshelves of children aged 7 to 12. It seamlessly melds an emotionally resonant and educational narrative with visually captivating illustrations.

“Ife the Blind Girl” isn’t just a book; it’s a heartwarming tale that goes beyond mere entertainment. It serves as a potent tool for instilling empathy and tenacity in the developing minds of children.

About the reviewer

Titilade Oyemade is a business executive in a leading organisation and holds a degree in Russian Language. She’s the convener of the Hangoutwithtee Ladies Event and the publisher of Hangoutwithtee magazine. She spends her weekends attending women conferences, events and book readings. She loves to have fun and to help other women have the same in their lives. Email: [email protected] Social: @tiipreeofficial