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Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband?

Written by: Lizzie Damilola Blackburn
Narrated by: Ronke Adékoluejo
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Publisher's Summary

“Yinka is a lovable and relatable disaster—which is to say, she isn’t actually a disaster at all...I adore her.”—Emily Henry, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Book Lovers

“Feel good, funny, and clever, it’s got smash-hit written all over it!” –Josie Silver, New York Times bestselling author of One Day in December

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? is a fresh, uplifting story of an unconventional heroine who bravely asks the questions we all have about love. Wry, moving, irresistible, 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.

NAMED A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2022 BY MARIE CLAIRE, PARADE, ESSENCE, MS. MAGAZINE, Popsugar, Bustle, Bookriot, Debutiful and More!

©2022 Lizzie Damilola Blackburn (P)2022 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

“A cautionary tale of the pernicious effects of sexism, racism and colorism upon women of the African diaspora….In the end, what matters most in Yinka is not your marital status but self-love, love of family and a broader sense of connection. And maybe you’ll find something better than a happily-ever-after fairy tale.”—Mabinty Quarshie, USA Today’s “Rom-Com Roundup: Top January Reading List”

“Fresh, heartfelt, and funny, Yinka is a can't miss debut that feels like a new classic.”Buzzfeed

“The novel depicts the challenge of navigating two cultures, both of which Yinka is a part of and apart from. In her commitment to being her whole self and true to her faith and ideals, Yinka writes a prayer for herself, a rallying cry to which we can all shout, 'Amen!'”NPR

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Fun and relatable story. Loved it.

Fun and relatable story. Loved it. The clash of cultures from a 1st generation immigrant in her quest for love.

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It’s not what I thought it will be

I’ve seen Yinka referenced as an updated Bridget Jones and I’ll certainly allow it. Like my darling Bridg, Yinka is a bit of a lost soul. At 30-something the man she was with for three years and was positive she would marry has dumped her. Her sure-to-be promotion has instead resulted in her termination due to redundancy. Her best friends all seem to be moving on to different phases of their lives, leaving her in the dust. Not to mention her pregnant sister has Yinka’s mother beating the dead horse asking “where is your huzband?
For the most part I thought this was an okay debut, but definitely one where the end message has to be worth the struggle of the story as a whole in order to obtain a high(er) rating. The major complaint I had was poor Yinka severely needed an.
It finally came, but not before I had made a least a dozen notes regarding her personality being more befitting of a 13 year old rather than a grown woman. Talk about someone with zero social clues when it came to the opposite sex! But aside from wanting to shake the shit out of her when it came to matters of the heart, I mostly enjoyed reading about Yinka and her friends. While the culture may have been different, the trials and tribulations will be familiar to many women (get married/have babies or you’re a failure) and Yinka’s personal issues with self-esteem and self-worth due to her dark skin was something readers will empathize with. I feel bad for the girl, she has a very lowwwwww esteem and it’s absolutely ugly. I wish she knew that she was beautiful just as she is, but overall it’s a good read, but not my favourite

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  • MM
  • 2022-10-13

So much fun

loved this book. Entertaining from beginning to end and so relatable. A highly recommend read.

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Excellent!

I love how she learned to appreciate herself, and I was happy that the author didn't finish with her getting married. love it.

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I loved this book

I could relate to so many of the themes, especially self-love and breaking generational curses. I initially borrowed it from the library but bought it halfway through. Like Yinka’s therapist, my Caribbean background makes a lot of what she goes thru feel familiar. I understood her wanting things that have been ingrained in her while also wanting to just be loved for herself while never truly loving herself. I love her transformation, along with other characters around her. It was like reading a Sophie Kinsella or Marian Keyes but the main character looks and talks like me..their family, their friends think and act like mine. The audiobook just upped the story with real-like sounds like Yinka writing and sending texts. Ronke was an amazing narrator.

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Amazing, amazing, amazing

This book is fantastic, would highly recommend. The narration was so good, it was very emotive - some narration styles are so dry but this one did not disappoint. The writing and narration were both so funny and realistic. I enjoyed feeling like a fly on the wall but at the same time it felt as if Yinka was my friend and filling me in on her life. Ten out ten!!

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superb narration

The storyline was nice, not really new though. I especially enjoyed witnessing Yinka's slow (maybe not so slow) decline to rock bottom. It was hilarious to me, sort of brought to mind the main protagonists story in never have I ever. One new low everytime you think she has hit rock bottom. Behind the laughs though, it was thought provoking and the narrator made me love and care for Yinka.....her vulnerability was palpable. I would 100% listen to anything narrated by Ronke. Even a drug info sheet lol!.

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Really enjoyed this book

I smiled and laughed while listening to this. Good listen and gems dropped throughout the book

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Enjoyable Audio

I kinda want to hear how the story goes afterwards...


I identify alot with Yinka... and even partially with her friend and cousins and even sister. I identify with the pressures she experiences especially from extended family...

what an enjoyable read

I finished this in 1 day

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  • Kellie
  • 2022-01-28

Awesome story, not necessarily funny

Maybe I didn't look into the reviews hard enough before I purchased this book, but I thought I was getting an upbeat rom-com full of silly antics and meet-cutes. Not so. This book reads much more like a drama, with the MC (Yinka) hitting actual rock-bottom (and not in a cute & quirky way) before clawing her way back up. That being said, it is an AMAZING story with insights into colorism, texturism, and misogyny still held by the dominant culture and black communities in the UK. Yinka has to deal with her own trauma surrounding these topics on top of her unprocessed grief over a past relationship and the death of a close family member (and grief over how that death has shaped her familial relationships). We see her spiraling as her every insecurity is triggered and she starts making irrational, fear-based decisions which damage her relationships to her support systems. These heavy revelations are punctuated with bright moments of levity, like when her well-meaning aunt accidentally humiliates her by publicly praying for Yinka to "find a huzband". However, even these moments of levity are tinged with the undercurrent of her own insecurity and traumas. This book felt very real to me, with how one's mental state permeates every interaction and colors every relationship. I think it is very well-done and is a worthy read, and is a wonderful insight into the diaspora Nigerian experience. I think a lot of elements of (UK-born) Yinka's relationship with her immigrant mother will feel incredibly familiar to other children of immigrants. 10/10 can't recommend enough!

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  • SkeeSo
  • 2022-01-19

You nailed it! Hilarious...

A book read according to its nature. I found my newest favorite narrator. She read it with none of English.. or American or British or European accent. 100 point for that.

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  • Betty Tobin
  • 2022-01-26

Like listening to a Nollywood movie

I thoroughly enjoyed the reading of this book. The narrator's ability to capture each character's personality with her voice was awesome. The story was good and I'm glad they introduced going to therapy because so many Black people avoid it.

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  • Tanya N Pitts
  • 2022-01-23

good book

kept me entertained. left me wanting to know what would happen next at every turn

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  • Chi
  • 2023-01-30

A heartfelt personal awakening story

This book kept me on the edge the entire book. I wish the ending was a bit different, but you’re really taken through the author’s development.

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  • L. Logan
  • 2022-08-09

Gripping from start to finish!

Absolutely loved! Wish there was more! I saw so much of my own story in hers!

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  • Naomi
  • 2022-08-09

Relatable and funny

Although Yinka annoyed my soul as she goes through the journey of finding herself, this story is absolutely relatable and I enjoyed every second of it! The narrator did an amazing job

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  • KB Manfredi
  • 2022-07-26

Resonated with the intersection of Naija culture and living abroad

YES!!! Thank you for writing this book. It took me back home to my aunts in Nigeria and family abroad. As a woman straddling Naija heritage, race, faith and culture in the US this book really resonated with me.
Also the narrator was incredible! How did she manage to get all accents spot on? Well done!

For sensitive readers like myself, there is a small part with a bit of intimacy between a couple . It does not go end up going far or lasting long.

I’d recommend this book!

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  • Silver1585
  • 2022-07-14

Oh Yinka

I was happy to ride on the wave of emotions that this book gave. Well done!

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  • E G O
  • 2022-07-12

Couldn't stop Listening

Loved it. I was pulled right into Yinka's world and for the hours felt one with her, listening and feeling all the emotions. So relatable!

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