The Forest Dames

Genre: Fiction


It is a pulsating story about the devastating effects of war, in which Adaokere Agbasimalo dwells on the sordid consequences of civil war on humanity and the torturous effort to achieve normality. It features Dze, a young girl with a keen mind who lived with her parents in a typical African setting and felt the pain of war. As an adult, the memories remain intact, haunting her. The Forest Dames is a strident voice detailing and condemning potentially malignant actions that continue to impede the development of African nations and indeed parts of the developing world. These include wars, culture-based biases, illogical and deadly tribal hatred, etc. African and world leaders, politicians, historians, students and the general public should be awakened by the book.

About the Author

AdaOkere Agbasimalo was born in Nigeria and was a teenager during the Civil War. After survival the civil war, she went on to earn a degree in French and a PhD in International Relations from the University of Nigeria Nsukka.

AdaOkere Agbasimalo has worked as a programme officer for the Johns Hopkins University Centre for Communications under the sponsorship of USAID, and the Society for Family Health as Gender Mainstreaming Specialist and senior advocacy and documentation manager. She is also the author of Bow You Must and Waves of Destiny.

The Forest Dames is a factional retelling of AdaOkere Agbasimalo’s experiences in the civil war.