My Father’s Daughter by Onyeka Onwenu

My Father’s Daughter by Onyeka Onwenu

A new literary offering from songstress, actor and politician, Onyeka Onwenu, 'My Father's daughter', is an autobiography that is a deep personal

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A new literary offering from songstress, actor and politician, Onyeka Onwenu, ‘My Father’s daughter’, is an autobiography that is a deep personal account of the life of the singer.

The book chronicles the life of Onyeka Onwenu as a musician, activist, wife, mother, and politician. In the autobiography, Onwenu’s formative contact with feminism and how her father, Dixon Kanu (DK) Onwenu’s life heavily influenced her decision to join politics is deftly explored.

The book also dwells on the communal lifestyle of the Igbos, as well as how family core values are intricately woven into personal ethics, are fully displayed.

The debilitating effects of the Biafran war, and how the family remained bound amidst the chaos are some of the issues Onyeka Onwenu talsk about in her book; from her experience of the war as a young woman, the paranoia deeply planted by the effects of the conflict is captured.

The one-time television journalist also documents her years in America, the culture clash, and the inevitable conflicts that are the products of being a migrant. She shares her experience of being sexually harassed in a workplace and how it affected her decision to leave got her a job at the UN. There she crossed paths with a diplomat who encouraged her to drive social change in Nigeria.

She equally documents the challenges she faced as a politician.

Onwenu also explores her contribution to the budding Nigerian music industry of the 1980s. The reader is regaled with stories, the behind the scene happenings in the Nigerian Entertainment industry. She also exposes the exploitation of musicians by industry leaders and practitioners – an issue that still ravages artistes’ relationships with major industry partners in contemporary Nigeria.

Artistes’ rivalry is also discussed by Onwenu and how unhealthy competitions led to numerous cracks. Her transition from a musician to an actor is also chronicled as well.

Onyeka Onwenu also discusses her private life. On the marriage front, she explores the challenges women face and how she refused to shrink herself to accommodate anyone’s insecurities about her fame. It opens a window of revelation on the hitherto untold story of Onyeka’s marriage and family life.

My Father’s Daughter is a memoir every young person must-read. Women, especially, will glean numerous lessons from her life experience since successful women in Nigeria rarely share their stories in a candid and vulnerable manner.