Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad

Damilare Kuku

One night, you will calmly put a knife to your husband’s penis and promise to cut it off. It will scare him so much that the next day, he will call his family members for a meeting in the house. He will not call your family members, but you will not care.

Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad is a collection of twelve short stories featuring characters with unique voices and stories that represent the diverse class, gender and ethnic melting pot that is Lagos.

There’s a story of a young lady who tries to find her oyibo soulmate on the streets of Lagos; another of a pastor’s wife who defends her husband from an allegation of adultery; a wife takes a knife to her husband’s penis; a night of lust between a rising musician and his Instagram baddie takes an unexpected turn.

Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad underscores with wit, humour, wisdom and sensitivity, the perils of trying to find lasting love and companionship in Africa’s most notorious city.


ISBN: 9781800751934

Published: May 5, 2023


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Reviews for Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad

‘Captures the experience of navigating the strange and wondrous world of love and intimacy in Africa’s most enigmatic city … Kuku’s stories are delectable and fun, but they also reveal the ridiculousness of gender expectations and the sexual politics that assign men and women rigid roles in intimate relationships’ Guardian

Witty and utterly enjoyable! At the heart of every story is a juicy scandal waiting to unfold. This is definitely the best of Lagos situationships in three hundred pages’ – Sally Kenneth Dadzie, bestselling author of Stranger In Lagos

‘Kuku astounds with her presentation of modern day Lagos, Africa’s most notorious city that’s one of the fastest growing in the world’ – Eliz Akdeniz, Tatler

‘If you’re going through a break-up and need a pick-me-up, this is the one for you’ – Habiba Katsha, Huffington Post

‘Kuku’s provocative debut is a brilliant, witty, punchy account of the messiness of relationships’ – L’Oréal Blackett, Refinery29


Damilare Kuku

Damilare Kuku has worked as a radio presenter, scriptwriter, film producer, actor and director. Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad is her first book.