This was written on the background of a backlash going on social network “Twitter”, at the parody account of Cote De Ivorian player Emmanuel Eboue lashed out at the Super Eagles and Nigeria at large. Well first of all, I’d like to say congratulations to the Super Eagles on their victory over Cote D Ivoire … Continue reading The Son of the Elephant Hunter
I have devoured the content of several Nigerian books and I am always taken aback as I read in dismay the very similar stories contained in Nigerian literal works. This gory sight has become a recurring decimal in the Nigerian literal community. What was turning to dusk for the Nigerian literal community turned out to … Continue reading The New Era
Author: Chimanda Ngozi Adichie This book was given to me as a gift by a dear friend of mine. Having read Purple Hibiscus by the same author, I looked forward to taking a peek into this literary work of art that I knew it would be. . . and I was not disappointed. It is set … Continue reading Half Of A Yellow Sun
We became good friends, Kambili and I, when I realized we have a lot in common. I have learnt a lot from her and her experiences. We met on the first page of Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I immediately decided to get closer to Kambili by reading the book quickly because I was … Continue reading Kambili And I.
Author: Eddie Iroh Book:Without a Silver Spoon Word count: 250 words. Without a Silver Spoon stirred up in me a love for reading Nigerian books. My heart went out to the protagonist Ure Chokwe, a brilliant boy from an impoverished family. In Ure’s last year in primary school, his parents could not afford his fees. … Continue reading You got me fired up!
I got back from school one day and the first thing I searched for was my ‘Concubine’. When I couldn’t find it after approximately ten minutes, I freaked. “Have you seen the concubine?” I asked my sister, frantically looking around the little room we shared. “Which one? The same book you’ve read to shreds?” she … Continue reading The hunter and the re-incarnated sea goddess.
The Gods are not to Blame Ola Rotimi ***** My Best Nigerian book is Ola Rotimi’s The Gods are not to Blame . It’s a classic that most literature student can not escape. The play strongly drives African belief in destiny and human attempt to turn it around. Gbonka, the king’s ward tried to re-write … Continue reading The Gods are not to Blame by Ola Rotimi
THINGS FALL APART Author:Chinua Achebe. Written by Kaosi Anyanwu. Location:Lagos. I remember that very day as if it was yesterday.The day I got this book.My dad came back one day saying that we must read it and give ann acount of it.Since I was the first child I was the first to read.At first I … Continue reading Things Fall Apart
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe As cliché as it might sound, Things Fall Apart was the book that did ‘it’ for me. For too long my literary world was colonized, I had never read any literature by Nigerians apart from stories in the MacMillan English readers. I had unconsciously assumed that we had no literature worth close … Continue reading Decolonizing My Literary Mind
Title of the novel – Purple Hibiscus Author’s name – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ‘Things started to fall apart at home’. That is what Chimamanda writes in the opening line of the novel and of course, by the time I was done with the book, I had noticed abundant similarities with Chinua Achebe. That’s not all … Continue reading My Best Nigerian Book
Say you’re one of them Uwem Akpan As a pupil in the secondary school , I knew my mother was a nurse in the Federal Medical center , Ikot Ekpene and that she was paid a substantial amount of money for her services. I was conscious of the fact that her salary far out weighed … Continue reading Challenging traditional female-gender roles
BOOK: PURPLE HIBISCUS AUTHOR: CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE As I flipped through the pages, I couldn’t help but to be increasingly enamoured of my best Nigerian book. It felt like the story of a part of my own life. Kambili! Her shyness, calmness, observant nature and intellectuality struck me. She reminded me of myself. She was … Continue reading Inspired
Everything Good Will Come by Sefi Atta did not strike a chord in me initially. It was slow-paced and the central theme evaded me. Fast-forward one hundred plus pages later, I was utterly blown away! This book stands out for me because it is a book brilliantly dissecting the diverse personalities and experiences of Nigerian … Continue reading Blazing Embers
When a hopeless sucker for magical realism and words extravaganza like me is asked to nominate his best Nigerian book he has only one choice: The Famished Road. Many good novels manage a couple of breath-taking set-pieces but this humdinger of a book, like Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, is one enchanting string of set-piece after spectacular … Continue reading With Words All Beings Are Possible
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 … Continue reading Chimamanda Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus