My favourite Nigerian book is Chimnmanda Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus for several reasons beyond her writing style, structure, topic and story.
The novel highlights various issues from family to society to government. I learnt that rules are made for man and not man for rules. The book x-rays the smallest unit of the family and its effect on the larger society. There i learnt that it is better to allow your children have a voice in the home and how it can help the family and the society at large. I also learnt that as a woman it is good to have a voice and speak up as at when due.
Furthermore, I learnt that we should learn to be in touch with our roots and reality. The children were able to have another perspective of life when they visited their grandfather. The holiday at Enugu further broaden their horizon. The lesson from this part of the novel is that it is good to be well exposed aprt from education. It is better as it informs the decisions and our views in various spheres of life. It helps one appreciate all one has no matter how small it is as. I also learnt to enjoy all that life has to offer.
I also learnt that whatever we do has its repercussion. The dogmatic and stereotypical nature of the man led to the rebelling of every family member. This led to the different reactions that followed.The novel further points at the ills of the society – corruption, poor governance, poor educational system, improper development of the Nigerian youth just to mention a few.
Above all, i learnt the outcome of our lives, our children, family and the society is a result of our input.