#RRBC 2018 WC&BE SPONSORS BLOG HOP: Mirror of Our Lives by Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko @Jinlobify

I’m very excited to welcome fellow #RRBC & #RWISA author, Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko here for the #RRBC 2018 WC&BE SPONSORS BLOG HOP!

One of her books is Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women


Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women by [Lo-Bamijoko, Joy Nwosu]


In Mirror of Our Lives, four Nigerian women share the compelling tales of their troubled lives and failed marriages, revealing how each managed to not only survive, but triumph under difficult and repressive circumstances.

Njide, Nneka, Miss Nelly, and Oby relive their stories of passion, deceit, heartache, and strength as they push through lifeeach on a unique journey to attain happiness, self-respect and inner peace. But none of the womens journeys is without misjudgments and missteps. Njide falls in love at first sight, marries Tunji too quickly, and is dismayed when Tunji shows his true colors. Nneka once thought that she and Oji were the perfect coupleuntil Oji traveled to the United States. Miss Nelly is a kind and good-natured woman who allows everyone to take advantage of hereven her husband, whom she married only for his name. But everyone wonders why Oby and Mat even married at all, for their marriage was a battle from the very beginning.

The tales in Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women will inspire womenaround the world to never give up, to discover a sense of worth, and most of all, to learn to love themselves above everyone else.

James B 

5.0 out of 5 stars  Fascinating and eye-opening

June 6, 2016

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In four parts, ‘Mirror of Our Lives’ tells the stories of four Nigerian women as they pursue happiness in a society where they are more-or-less second-class citizens. It is a deeply personal examination of how women are affected on an everyday level by social acceptance of polygamy, child brides, sexual harassment, and spousal abuse.

My favorite story was ‘Remembering Miss Nelly,’ where a woman named Ify returns to her childhood home to find that her most-respected teacher has been severely changed over the last few decades. Ify unravels the slow drip-drip of misogyny, harassment, and jealousy that led her childhood idol to her current state.

In each of these stories, women struggle (over the course of most of their lives) to overcome the hardships that their husbands, fathers, and brothers force upon them. Some of them respond admirably—some occasionally falter—and some only attain small, mental victories. Still it is fascinating and eye-opening to hear their stories.



Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko Bio


Joy Nwosu was born in Enugu, Anambra State of south-eastern Nigeria. Her parents were Charles Belonwu and Deborah Nwosu. She is the fifth in rank of the seven children of her parents. Joy was born into a music family.
Joy, now retired, was a music teacher, trained in Santa Cecilia, Rome, and obtained her Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Michigan, USA.
She has written and published extensively on national and international scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers.
Her short story I Come from Utopia was published in African Voices, Spring/Summer, 2007, pg. 18, and her first English novel; Mirror of Our Lives: Voices of Four Igbo Women was published in 2011, and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Contest in 2012. She has also two books published in the Italian language.
Joy is a trained musician, and taught music for 35 years.  She writes, performs, and record folk songs.
Her new book: The Legend of the Walking Dead: Igbo Mythologies, which has just been released, is a journey into the mysteries of life and death of the Igbos of Nigeria.  She loves reading romances and mystery stories.

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