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Patience is a subtle thief review-a Nigerian story of lost innocence

Title: Patience is a subtle thief
Genre: Fiction
Author: Abi Ishola-Ayodeji
Publisher: Harper Collins
Year of Publication: 2022
Number of Pages: _
ISBN: 9780063116917
Reviewer: Testimony Akinkunmi
Patience is a subtle thief review

In her journey, Patience Adewale will find love. She will find her mother. But at a very huge cost.

Imagine a young teenage Nigerian girl who has everything, money, prestige, and even elite education. But lacks a real family. That was Patience’s life. Rather than guide her on a journey through the memory path. Her father would antagonize her. The relatives will reprimand her. And she would live the life of a prodigal one. Hustling her way into the school through scams and bad company.

Her desire to know her real mother remained strong, despite its cost to her relationship with her father. A poorer condition of living. And forfeiture of the good things and comfort of life.

And in a conversation with her father, we would find the truth.

Patience, how did you become like this?”

“Like what, Daddy? Lost? Because I am lost, Daddy. I am lost, and you refuse to help me. Why? What did she do to you? How can you keep my own mother from me?” Tired from the struggle, she allowed her tears to run.

Patience is a subtle thief summary

Slowly, the pressures of life would make her forget her family. Until she meets Kenny.

“You say her name is Patience?” Kenny said, smiling. “I thought you don’t believe in ease. Ease is the cousin of patience.”

“Patience is a subtle thief. It’s a thief of time and a thief of money. See this country? People have been patient with democracy. Patient for change. All their patience will eventually steal their hope. They say fraud, and they say 419 when they speak of what I do, but the government is really the biggest fraud. Anyway, the girl Patience is good for the job. I don’t care what her name is.”

As the book comes to an end, against the backdrop of a broken 1990s Nigeria. Patience will remember the fragility of her life. And decide to do all it takes to get to her mother in the USA. Even if it will cost her love, life, and comfort.

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Either you assume Patience is a noun or an adjective. You are right. Her Character growth surprises and intensifies. She grows along with situations. That way they work for her and if they don’t, she strives to make it better.

About Abi Ishola-Ayodeji, Author of Patience is a subtle thief

Abi Ishola-Ayodeji is an award-winning journalist who has written and produced for a variety of platforms such as, PBS,, CUNY TV, and others. She has covered amazing people, communities, and events in New York City, Washington, DC, London, Paris, Nigeria, Ghana, and elsewhere as a reporter and TV producer.

Beyond Classically Beautiful, her acclaimed photo series turned lifestyle brand that celebrates Black women who defy traditional beauty standards, was named one of ESSENCE Magazine’s Woke 100 Women in 2017.

She grew raised in Miami Gardens, Florida, as a first-generation Nigerian American, but she cherishes her brief period in high school in Lagos.

She may be found writing, brainstorming, and reading novels when she is not spending time with her husband and two children.

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