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Character Spotlight Yetunde from An Ode to My Mother by Segilola Salami.

September 5, 2016


Hello Lovelies,


Today we get to meet a delightful character from Segilola Salami's An Ode to My Mother 


This is a heart-warming story about the power of a mother's love; truly an ode to women and mothers all over the world. It is a captivating and emotional story that talks about love and loss! Follow baby Yetunde as she narrates her mother's ode to her grandmother. It is the Yoruba praise poetry for a mother known as the Oriki Iya.


Yetunde is also thrilled and delighted by the ancient Yoruba tale passed down to her by her mother about Labake, a young maiden who was kidnapped to be forced to marry a warrior chief. Will Iya Labake save her child in time? Is Iya Labake just a simple defenceless mother? Or . . .?


This is a short story dedicated to past, present and future mothers, a perfect Mother's day present! This book is mostly in English and all Yoruba words are translated, so everyone can enjoy the book fully.


See what other's have to say about the book




This is more than a children's book . . . it is a powerful book to be enjoyed by the whole family



Main Character

Name: Yetunde

Age: 9 months old

Gender: Female

A little bit about Yetunde: Yetunde is the only child to her mom Iya Yetunde and they both live in a flat in London. Iya Yetunde wants to ensure that Yetunde does not forget her roots, so teaches Yetunde how to speak Yoruba and tells her African folktales.


Yetunde speaks fluent Ancient Angelic. This is the language of Angels that all babies can speak but adults call it baby babble. This is how babies communicate with each other with a dash of telepathy.


Yetunde understands and can speak a little bit of Yoruba and English but the words don't come out properly yet.


Because her mom speaks to her like her own person rather than just a baby, Yetunde is actually quite smart and knowledgeable. This is seen in the way Yetunde narrates her day in the story.


Want to give An Ode to my Mother a read? You can get it on Amazon for free!


Segilola herself is also a mom and that inspires her to write children's books. She also hosts a podcast. You can find out more about her on her website


Until next time, 

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