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Cack-Handed: A Memoir

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I also love how she pays homage to her Nigerian ancestry using African proverbs or idioms as chapter and topic headings all through the book. Throughout the book, Gina recounts her experiences as part of the "lost generation" of Nigerian children born abroad, her educational journey that took her to a career in engineering that then swerved into her flourishing comedy career, with hints about her coming out story along the way as well.

It's clear she prefers the American way of life despite all the continuing obvious racism (which makes it no different to here). A collection of eccentric, addictive, and uproarious stories that combine family, race, gender, class, and country, Cack-Handed reveals how Gina’s unconventional upbringing became the foundation of her successful career as an international comedian. I appreciate how patiently Gina inserts littles lessons on West African culture and history throughout the book, knowing that Western schools and media often get the narrative wrong. I don't usually read memoirs but I was intrigued by the story of the daughter of Nigerians who immigrated to the UK.Ebooks fulfilled through Glose cannot be printed, downloaded as PDF, or read in other digital readers (like Kindle or Nook). This book also ends with her about to make the move to the American comedy market, but since she's been active over here in the US for a bit - Netflix special, Bob Hearts Abishola, etc - now it felt strange to not have any reflections on that in a book coming out now in 2021; it seems like this book was ready for publication a couple years ago. I remember Gina back in the mid-90's from the TV, and she always stood out for me as number 1, she was the only Black female comedian I saw and 2, she talked about her Nigerian upbringing which is very similar to other African countries.

Unfortunately it ends as she moves to the US; from the epilogue it's apparent that Gina hopes to publish a second volume at some point. I used to see her on Mock, too, and she has plenty to say about the British panel game industry and its diversity (or lack of).

Mum also provides many of the funniest lines in the book: the often bonkers Nigerian proverbs that Yashere uses for chapter headings, which always contain a nugget of folk wisdom, amusingly phrased. For example, she talks about her older sister and how she was abusive to her and then says that she left the home (because she was an adult) but that's about it. We see the first twenty-five years of the author's life growing up in London, England, where racism was at the forefront of everything. One small point - I found it interesting and even slightly amusing that as Gina is now a US resident, and clearly the book is also written for her US fan base, she had to explain all the British nuances and London locations in great detail, which clearly a Brit would understand, however she did this really well and it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. A real shame that there is not the same opportunities here in the UK for black comedians to showcase their talent.

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