NEARLY ALL THE MEN IN LAGOS ARE MAD is a distinctive debut collection of stories by Nigerian based actress and writer, Damilare Kuku, which there is strong interest in. 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. It became a huge bestseller in Africa after its release in 2021, and the UK edition was published in July 2022 by Swift Press, with rights sold in the US to HarperVia and also in Germany. We think it would lend itself well to television adaptation in particular.
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.
Damilare Kuku has worked as a radio presenter, scriptwriter, film producer, actor and director. She holds bachelors and masters degrees in the arts, has lectured at universities on feminism and the art of storytelling through pictures, and has spoken at mentorship events organized by the United Nations for young girls in Lagos. Her debut novel, ONLY BIG BUMBUM MATTER TOMORROW, is forthcoming in Nigeria from Ouida Books, who also publish Ayobami Adebayo.
Damilare is represented by Charlotte Seymour at Johnson and Alcock.