The sub-Saharan town of Kano, Nigeria, is not a place you’d expect a subversive literary movement helmed by conservative Muslim women to thrive, especially one that sells romance novels in marketplaces targeted by jihadists.
Littattafan soyayya (books of love) are half-political, half relationship advice and cautionary tales. The writers brave book-burning censorship and go on to become leaders in their communities, promoting literacy among women and empowering Hausa girls to read in a language they can connect with. A well-written novel can teach young women to dream big, and persuade mothers to keep their daughters in school.
Nigeria Ever After playfully explores the controversial lives of these romance writers, and their plans to kickstart a long-overdue sexual revolution in Northern Nigeria.