The Baby is Mine
by Oyinkan Braithwaite
When his girlfriend throws him out during the pandemic, Bambi has to go to his Uncle’s house in lock-down Lagos. He arrives during a blackout, and is surprised to find his Aunty Bidemi sitting in a candlelit room with another woman. They both claim to be the mother of the baby boy, fast asleep in his crib.
At night Bambi is kept awake by the baby’s cries, and during the days he is disturbed by a cockerel that stalks the garden. There is sand in the rice. A blood stain appears on the wall. Someone scores tribal markings into the baby’s cheeks. Who is lying and who is telling the truth?
Here we go, my first COVID themed book! “The Baby is Mine” by Oyinkan Braithwaite is published as a quick read, a novella set during the pandemic.
The story is set in Lagos, Nigeria, told from the perspective of a man called Bambi, ladies man, recently single and headed to his aunt’s house to find a place to stay. His aunt has just lost her husband to the virus so Bambi is extremely surprised to find that his uncle’s girlfriend is living there too. There’s also a baby, but both women are claiming they are the mother. Odd, right?
Because it’s the lockdown, all of these people are trapped in one home and the story basically follows them over time as both women try to convince Bambi that they are right.
I wasn’t amazed by this book but it was a quirky quick read and I enjoyed the characters and the storyline. If you’re looking for something speedy to read in one sitting, give this a go!
Overall rating: “The Baby is Mine” is a fun way to spend an hour or two. It’s a fun read with an interesting storyline, especially as it’s set during the lockdown. An enjoyable 4 stars from me.