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Cultures Clash in Ayobami Adebayo’s Debut, ‘Stay With Me’

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Stay With Me is a story about a Nigerian young couple, Yejide and Akin, who married for love as they faced the challenges of infertility. In their culture, having children is expected, and they are desperate to become parents. Yejide’s mother died when she gave birth so she hopes her feelings of belonging to no one will be rectified once she has a baby. Akin’s mother is relentless and goes behind her daughter-in-law’s back to present other women to her son so he can become a father. The couple had agreed polygamy was not for them but the mother persisted and they unwillingly accepted another wife. Desperation to become pregnant leads Yejide, a modern, working woman, to superstition and ritual and…

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