Jamb Sweet Sixteen: Full Summary, Reviews And Study Tips

The Jamb 2019 literature for Use of English is Sweet Sixteen by Bolaji Abdulahi. In this article, I will discuss the full details, summary and review of the book.

Finally, there is a fresh update on the novel for the Jamb 2019 Use Of English questions. The novel for this year Jamb is Sweet Sixteen, and this article provided the whole summary and characters.

This may sound new to first timers in Jamb, the board usually recommend novel on a yearly basis for Jambites. No matter your department be it science, arts or commercial you need to read the novel.

Top 23 Sweet Sixteen Likely Questions And Answers

#1. Who is the protagonist in the book Sweet Sixteen by Bolaji? – Aliya

#2. What was the introductory statement on Aliya’s 16th birthday letter? – How time flies

#3. In the department of smartness who was the gold medalist? – Akin

#4. To Aliya what is the meaning of being dumb? – Not being intelligent

#5. What is the title of chapter one of sweet sixteen? – The letter

#6. What is Aliya’s mother profession? – Nursing

#7. What is the name of Aliya’s father? – Mr. Bello

#8. To Aliya being called a child is the same thing as? – Stupid

#9. At the birth of Aliya, what was her father’s profession – Journalism

#10. The only thing Aliya’s father thought was worth celebrating was? – Achievement not birthday

#11. The name of the writer of the sweet sixteen is? – Bolaji Abdullahi

#12. What name disgusted Aliya most? – You could call her chubby plumb but not fat

#13. At what age did Aliya start wearing a bra? – At age ten

#14. At what age did Aliya get into secondary school? – At twelve

#15. What was Aliya’s perception of her roommate Grace? – She was nice and a generous person

#16. What was the proof that Aliya was serious in her chemistry for the term? – It reflected her in her continuous Assessment and she made an A at the end of the term

#17. What kind of girls did Mr. Bello say boys like? – Dumb girls

#18. According to the book sweet sixteen, what is the main aim of a chess game? – To capture opponents king

#19. Why did Aliya not return tokunbo’s teddy bear which he gave her on valentine’s day? – She thought she won’t do that without hurting him

#20. Aliya’s religion was? – Islamic religion

#21. What is the title of Aliya’s 16th birthday letter – Letter to my daughter

#22. What was Aliya’s sixteen birthday present? – A portable digital camera

#23. What was so special about Aliya’s 16th birthday letter? – It had 16 pages and each page for each year of her life


Though the Jamb novel questions and answers were not provided in this post, the full summary is available. For the PDF format, you may want to search on the internet.

Many thought Jamb was still going to use The Independence for 2019 UTME exams. This year’s Jamb English Novel summary is now on your palm use it.

The summary is here to guide you through reading and also for reference sake. Try to read the whole Sweet Sixteen Novel to gain more knowledge of the book.

  • Who is the Author of Sweet Sixteen?

Bolaji Abdullahi wrote the novel Sweet 16 and this the recommended novel for 2019 Jamb Use of English Exam.

  • What is the Number of Pages in Sweet Sixteen? 

The novel has 157 pages and published on Feb. 1st, 2017.

  • Where can I buy Sweet Sixteen?

After a successful Jamb 2019 registration, you will get a copy. But if you want it sooner, check bookshops nationwide.

  • How many days will it take to finish the Book?

Depending on how you love reading novels, but if you read 5 pages per day, you should finish the book in a month.

We do not claim rights over this summary and description. The summary was taken from Flashlearners.com and is only meant for educational purpose.

Readers are responsible for whatever they used the summary for.

Sweet Sixteen Summary For 2019 Jamb English Questions

Aliya has to constantly remind her father that she is not a child but ‘a young adult.’ He does not always agree with her.

But now that she is turning sixteen, he is sitting up and taking notice. The expected birthday card from him is replaced by a present and no holds barred letter – a page for each year she has lived.

It chronicles the lessons he has tried to teach her and the wisdom he has attempted to pass to her. It unburdens the burning questions she has about life and sometimes shows through the cluelessness of parental units.

Aliya questions who she is and why she is; with her father as a guide on this journey of discovery. An engaging coming of age guide on life and love for the teenage girl.



Review And Summary of Jamb Novel “Sweet Sixteen”

In Bolaji Abdullahi’s Sweet Sixteen, the protagonist, 16-year-old Aliya, whom her father refers to adoringly as ‘My First Lady,’ bombards her father with questions, some of which threw her journalist father off balance.

‘’Okay Daddy, what do HAK and KOTL mean?,’’Aliya asked. And when the father expressed his ignorance of the acronyms, Aliya gleefully supplied them; ‘’HAK means ‘Hugs and Kisses’ while KOTL means ‘Kiss On The Lips’.

And when she added that some students were caught on the school’s basketball court at night having ‘’53X’ (s3x), Mr. Bello almost fainted.

‘’But…how do you know all these?,’’ he asked almost in consternation, to which Aliya replied: ‘’Come on Daddy, everybody knows these things.”

In his debut fictional work, Bolaji Abdullahi, who has written extensively over the years on politics, policy, and development, laid bare in an absorbing page-turner, murky truths, and hitherto unspeakable issues in the ever-challenging world of teenagers and young adults.

Divided into seven sections; The Letter, The Drive, Work, The Gandhi Test, Dating, Stereotype and Beauty, Sweet Sixteen’s central focus is a series of conversations between Mr. Bello and her 16-year-old intelligent and precocious daughter on the ‘facts of life.’

These are topics which the book’s editor, Molara Wood, referred to on the book’s cover jacket as ‘’everything a teenage girl ever wanted to know but was afraid to ask.”

Another part of the book’s blurb referred to it as ‘’a parenting manual and a guidebook for young adults.”

The above notwithstanding, sociologists, educationists, and policy-makers, as well as parents and guardians, are still divided on how much ‘sensitive’ information, especially on s3x education, should be divulged to teenagers.

For example, in a recent UK survey, more than half of parents do not think s3x education should be taught to children at school.

According to a poll by baby product website babychild.org.uk; ‘’Many think it is inappropriate to teach children about s3x, whilst others think it should be a parent’s choice to inform their own children.”

However, on the other side of the coin, it is believed that, just as Aliya put it in Sweet Sixteen, most teenagers are already aware of what adults seem to be hiding from them.

According to one expert; ‘’Comprehensive s3x education doesn’t encourage kids to have s3x. Just like abstinence-only programmes, good comprehensive programmes teach students that abstinence is the only surefire way to prevent pregnancy and STDs.

The difference is that these programmes also give students realistic and factual information about the safety of various s3xual practices, and how to improve the odds.

In writing Sweet Sixteen, BolajiAbdullahi, a former Nigerian Minister of Youths and Sports, among other previous jobs, must have critically weighed the above positions before taking on a smorgasbord of young adult topics that ranged from bullying, dating, stereotype, ethics and s3x education, among others.

In pushing out his themes, the author finds a good ally in Aliya Bello, a teenager with a curious, fascinating and inquisitive mind and a devoted as well as a responsible father.

Mr. Bello, as expected of any good father, took responsibility for the education of his daughter, including the tricky but very important aspect of s3x education.

Aliya is, therefore, fortunate to have a father who does not leave her to struggle alone with the demons that usually torment teenagers when awash in a flood of hormones and the pull of peer pressure.

The result is a compelling tale, loaded with morality and textured with a rich lyrical prose and young adult lingo…story-story, my bestie, OMG among others.

The storyline has an upper-middle-class flavor with luxuriant meals, leisurely Saturday drives and a Mrs. Bello, the nurse, often distant from father and daughter.

But in the hinterland between fact and fiction, the author is able to deftly sift the core values from the emotion, the treat from the trick and for this, parents and guardians will forever be grateful.

Tips To Remember All you Read About Sweet Sixteen

  • Read with a sense of imagination.
  • See your self as though you were the main character.
  • Underline the difficult words and consult your dictionary letter.
  • Jot down important statements, figures of speech, riddles and quotes.
  • Finish the novel in 3 days and start a slow and steady reading this time.
  • After reading, write your own summary.

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