New Book Review Alert! The Miseducation of Obi Ifeanyi

UP had the opportunity to read and review “The Miseducation of Obi Ifeanyi” by Chinedu Achebe. Check out our review and more info on the author and the book below!



 

SYNOPSIS: Obi Ifeanyi's life is moving at a fast pace. He is now a husband and father. So while President Obama is contending with a tough reelection campaign, Obi Ifeanyi is dealing with the day to day pressures of married life and raising a son. When his former love interest, Sade Olufemi, comes back into his life and decides to run her political campaign with the help of his wife, Nkechi, Obi's problems are compounded because Sade is a secret Nkechi is better not knowing about. While he struggles with the torment of Sade's return, the upcoming wedding of his best friend from law school, will lead to the unveiling of a secret that will change the dynamics of the Ifeanyi family forever.


 

UP OFFICIAL BOOK REVIEW:

⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3 out of 5 stars)

Obi Ifeanyi is a struggling attorney married to Nkechi (Chi Chi) who is currently finishing her masters. Together, they have a baby son named Ike, a great family steeped deep in Nigerian beliefs, religious and political views, and traditions - and some non-traditional ways. At first glance, they appear to be a match made in heaven. Those fairytales begin to unravel as Obi and Nkechi’s mindsets on marriage and parenthood come to light. Even more prevalent are the current and past secrets they’ve kept from each other that will surely impact their current lives if revealed.

Although they are newly married, some of their thoughts and advice were baffling. It left us wondering… why did you get married? Even their friends were a bucket of contradictions. These people desperately needed mature older friends to lean on for wisdom, especially since they felt the ways of their parents were outdated.

Obi was hard to love. It was as if he said all the right things— at least to Chi Chi, but his actions were beyond questionable. Nkechi was a great mother with tons of ambition but she was unlikeable as a wife because of her overdominant attitude and selfish behavior. Even when Obi was dead wrong, it made his dubious behavior feel understood on some level. Despite their shortcomings, their viewpoints actually make for great commentary and discussions on parenthood and marriage.

Aside from the main story, the book relishes the love of extended family which was beautiful to see. It also masterfully highlights urban black professionals which is an excellent change of pace.

While the author writes eloquently, the subplots, religious beliefs, and political views, at times, dominated the main storyline which was the impact of the secrets on Obi and Chi Chi’s marriage. We would’ve loved to see much more of that as Obi’s secret was powerful and could’ve created such an emotional impact while emphasizing the importance of communication and transparency in marriage. Overall, the story offered more valuable insight into the Nigerian culture and tradition as well as those conversation-provoking internal thoughts of some men and some women.



 

AUTHOR INFORMATION:



























Author: Chinedu Achebe

Social Media: Instagram @chineduachebe

Author Bio: Chinedu Achebe is a Nigerian American who was born in Richmond, Virginia. He is the oldest of 3 siblings. Chinedu graduated from the University of Houston with his Bachelors degree in Economics. He published his first book, Blunted on Reality in 2012. Chinedu published The Miseducation of Obi Ifeanyi in 2017. He also has written articles in the Huffington Post, Medium, and Bella Naija. Chinedu works full time as an accountant in the energy industry and currently lives in Houston, Texas with his wife and son.


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