Only Big Bumbum Matters Tomorrow by Damilare Kuku

A powerful and hilarious debut novel about family secrets, judgemental aunties, and Brazilian butt lifts, from the author of the hit short story collection All the Men in Lagos are Mad

‘Damilare Kuku, queen of the banging book title, knows how complicated it is to be a Nigerian woman. This book explores themes weightier than any BBL, but never preaches. Kuku made me giggle and gasp. I loved it.’
– Nikki May, author of Wahala and This Motherless Land

Only Big Bumbum Matters Tomorrow

by Damilare Kuku

Book cover for Only Big Bumbum Matters Tomorrow

A POWERFUL AND HILARIOUS DEBUT NOVEL ABOUT FAMILY SECRETS, JUDGEMENTAL AUNTIES, AND BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFTS, FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE HIT STORY COLLECTION NEARLY ALL THE MEN IN LAGOS ARE MAD

Freshly out of Obáfémi Awólówò University, twenty-year-old Témì has a clear plan for her future: she is going to surgically enlarge her backside like all the other Nigerian women, move from Ilé-Ifè to Lagos, and meet a man who will love her senseless.

But when she finally finds the courage to tell her mother, older sister, and aunties, her announcement causes an uproar. As each of the other women try to cure Témì of what seems like temporary insanity, they begin to spill long-buried secrets, including the truth of the mysterious disappearance of Témì’s older sister five years earlier.

In the end, it seems like Témì might be the sanest of them all …

In Only Big Bumbum Matters Tomorrow, Damilare Kuku brings her signature humour, boldness and compassion to each member of this loveable but exasperating family, whose lives show just how sharp the double-edged sword of beauty can be.


Humour and poignance mix in this powerful polyphonic novel. 

DAMILARE KUKU has worked as a radio presenter, scriptwriter, film producer, Nollywood actress and director. Her first book, the story collection Nearly All the Men in Lagos Are Mad, was a runaway bestseller in Nigeria. Only Big Bumbum Matters Tomorrow is Kuku’s first novel.