C-K Author Raised Funds for the Chatham-Kent Sexual Assault Crisis Centre through Book Launch

Front cover of the book Daughters who walk This Path, a blue book with the silhouette of a young Nigerian woman's face.Daughters Who Walk This Path, written by Chatham-Kent resident Yejide Kilanko, tells the story of Morayo, a young girl living in Ibadan, Nigeria, who learns to rise above a shameful secret forced upon her by a trusted family member. The story of her journey from devastation to hope testifies that a vibrant and wonderful life is possible after sexual abuse.

Motivated Writer to Published Author

A photo of Yejide Kilanko, the Nigerian author of Daughters who Walk This Path, wearing a patterned purple top and smiling.Yejide Kilanko was born in Ibadan, Nigeria, where the novel takes place. She grew up with a love of reading and began writing poetry at the age of 12. Yejide immigrated to Canada from the United States in 2004 and has lived in Chatham-Kent since 2007. Yejide's life-changing experience from working with children and their families started her journey as a novelist in the summer of 2009.

Currently, Yejide is a Mental Health Counsellor with Chatham-Kent Children's Services. She began writing the novel as a therapeutic process, creating Morayo's story as a personal outlet in response to her work in child protection.

During a visit to Nigeria in the summer of 2010, Yejide discovered that a former university classmate living in Nigeria had published a novel in the U.S. This story inspired Yejide to explore what she had previously thought was an unattainable dream of publication. Soon after sending query letters to 16 agents, in the fall of 2010, Yejide was signed on by a literary agent in the United States. A publishing offer from Penguin Canada followed in May 2011. Daughters Who Walk This Path was published on April 10, 2012.

A Message to Share

Yejide is pleased to provide an opportunity for readers to experience a different culture. She hopes that readers will recognize that, although Nigeria is different from Canada, there is more to unite us as human beings than to separate us. We all have the need to feel loved and safe, and regardless of where we live or where we are from, we can learn from one another, celebrate our diverse cultures and respect our differences.

Despite the heavy subject matter addressed in Daughters Who Walk This Path, Yejide desires to leave readers with a message of hope – good things can happen even after the devastation of sexual abuse. She stresses the importance of family and community support in ensuring positive outcomes for vulnerable children.

The following resources are available in the community to help children and their families: