Written by Ola Brokman, CNN London
If you don’t know “Kemi Adejuyigbe” then you’re likely to know her all too well. You know, maybe, a book or two. You may have caught an interview she’s done on YouTube, or your favourite TV channel. Or maybe you read her essays and how-to books.
Like so many other writers, Amina Bello Adejuyigbe’s books fill a niche for her: most everything she writes comes as part of a series.
A hit: The Moroccan Suite , launched in November, 2017, is her final work to date. Adejuyigbe is no longer a full-time writer, preferring to work on part-time gigs while raising her children in the U.K.
This weekend in Paris, when I’m flying home from Madrid, I find myself at a corner café, playing with my daughter. She jumps up and down on the table, taking it all in.
“Mommy! Papa!” she says, as if expecting some big news to be coming soon.
I ask her something.
As we talk, I listen to her reaction to my comments about Amina Bello Adejuyigbe’s book. “What? What is that? You mean ‘? _ that didn’t happen?'”
When you’re a parent, all of these texts are a big, big mystery. Why did she do this? Why did she write that? What happened here? That’s what it feels like to be a parent. You can’t put your finger on it. It’s something that feels so much bigger than you.
The Moroccan Suite is Adejuyigbe’s latest release. It’s a family guidebook that examines in more detail exactly how to navigate Moroccan life, along with how to get along with your children and your other family members.
In that moment, we look at our lives and we find so many things we can learn from one another.
It’s a different pleasure reading the book that way. You are immersed in stories, but because they are shared, you are much more able to talk about them and learn from them. It is almost like one, sprawling paragraph tells stories that are others.
That is the great thing about family. We are all all connected. And we all need to feel connected.