There is a new generation of Nigerian writers who are making waves in different parts of the world. To say the least, you will find a Nigerian name almost every prestigious literary prize from the Nobel prize for Literature to the Man Booker Prize, The Caine Prize for African writing, among others.
For any traveler who wants something to read on the road but may be in a dilemma on which Nigerian book title to select,there are some you should read:
Things Fall Apart
Things Fall Apart may not be classified as a new generation read but it is an evergreen book that can be enjoyed by everyone, including an avid traveler. The book was written by Chinua Achebe in 1958. It chronicles the life of Okonkwo whose craze for greatness triggered a chain of events which had a lasting impact on his life. One thing makes the book unique was Achebe’s use of proverbs complemented by its thrilling Igbo setting. Things Fall Apart is credited with unveiling African literature to the world.
Half of a Yellow Sun
This is a perfect book for every traveler. It offers an enthralling account of the Biafran war between 1967 and 1970 in Nigeria. It was written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It takes readers through the emotional encounters of Odenigbo-a Mathematics Professor and a revolutionary at Nsukka University; Ugwu-Odenigbo’s Houseboy, Olanna-Odenigbo’s Mistress and Kainene (Olanna’s sister) during the war. You will be engrossed by Adichie’s sterling narration as you will be left wondering what happened to Kainene.
Joys of Motherhood
Joys of Motherhood is weaved around the terrifying experiences of the African woman. The opening chapter catches the attention of the reader which is about a young woman running like Usain Bolt to a bridge to commit suicide because she just lost her child. She was only rescued by her husband’s friend who recognized her. The story unfolds as the story drives readers through the struggles of women including her painstaking effort to provide for her children. At the end, what will the reward for her struggles? Buchi Emecheta’s Joys of Motherhood with tell you more.
Everything Good will Come
If you want a bit of inspirational read on the road or on board, Everything Good Will Come by Sefi Atta is your best pick. It is set against the backdrop of the military rule in Nigeria in the 1970s and efforts to bring down the military government and end the repression of women.
Set five years after the 9/11, it follows the life of Julius, a young Nigerian graduate doing his residency in Manhattan. He found it difficult to integrate himself into his new foundAmericanness, thus began to wander the streets. This aimless wandering offered him a very much deserved break from his daily routine as a medic. It also enables him to console himself on his recent breakup with his girlfriend. These encounters during his wandering meeting different people and culture largely shape him.