Literandra at The Sankofa Book Club: Children of Virtue and Vengeance
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 few weeks ago, Alessandra and I had the pleasure of being invited to co-host the thirty fifth episode of The Sankofa Book Club’s podcast. For those of you who may not know about them, The Sankofa Book Club is a digital literary space, where books of African origin are discussed and reviewed once a month. Given our love for African literature, it was never going to take a lot to convince us to take part in this – if for nothing else, to support the book club.

For the episode we were invited to, the book that was selected to be discussed was the second installment of the ‘Legacy of Orisha’ series – Tomi Adeyemi’s ‘Children of Virtue and Vengeance’. I read the first book of the series – ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ – last year in June, and it is no secret that I loved it. Alessandra, on the other hand, had not read ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ yet so she had to read both books back to back.

From broken relationships to activism, we explore the ways in which the stories in the book mirror our experiences in the real world. We discuss the social constructs that are central to the plot, as we try to unpack the historical and contemporary themes that Tomi intricately weaves into the fabric of the story.

Although we haven’t written a traditional review for either book, I feel that, by lending our voices to this episode of the podcast, we are making our opinions about the book known, and in so doing, we are reviewing the book. The only difference is that, this time, it’s spoken – not written. Besides, considering the fact that both books are international bestsellers, with quite a lot of reviews already, an audio review sounds like a good idea – especially since it involves the opinions of four people as opposed to one.

From broken relationships to activism, we explore the ways in which the stories in the book mirror our experiences in the real world. We discuss the social constructs that are central to the plot, as we try to unpack the historical and contemporary themes that Tomi intricately weaves into the fabric of the story. In the end, ours was a session that was thought provoking. So much so that the episode could have gone on for hours, and we would not run out of things to say.

Special thanks to Akua and Melody for having us on the podcast. To support The Sankofa Book Club, follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Also, you can listen to every episode of their podcast on Soundcloud and iTunes, among other audio platforms. Lastly, to give you all a behind the scenes access to the creators of the book club, we have decided to interview them for our YouTube channel, so watch this space, but in the meantime, you can listen to the final cut of the podcast episode here:

In the end, ours was a session that was thought provoking. So much so that the episode could have gone on for hours, and we would not run out of things to say.