We have curated a list of top-rated books written by Nigerian authors and each of them have come highly recommended by book experts. Check them out.
Yes, we are back with another selection of books you should add to your reading list ASAP. If you’re not a fan of foreign authors or you just don’t know what Nigerian authors to check out, you’re in luck. We have curated a list of top-rated books written by Nigerian authors and each of them have come highly recommended by book experts. Check them out:
- “The Icarus Girl” by Helen Oyeyemi: This book tells the story of an eight-year old who befriends a mysterious girl in her mother’s compound. What she doesn’t know are the big and small secrets this mysterious girls knows. If you enjoy magical realism, this book is rife with a lot of Nigerian mythology with a dose of psychological suspense.
- “Everyday Is For The Thief” by Teju Cole: People that have lived in other countries or who have been immigrants will be able to relate to the story of a young Nigerian living in New York who has decided to come back home to Lagos. Thoroughly captivating book that explores the immigrant life and all that comes with it.
- “Stay With Me” by Ayobami Adebayo: As a woman and her husband struggle to conceive for years, the addition of a new wife who is also more fertile, threatens the once peaceful lives of the couple. This book explored a much talked about topic in Nigeria – polygamy and it is a wonderfully woven story of motherhood, marriage and sacrifice.
- “The Fisherman” by Chigozie Obioma: With the socioeconomic state of Nigeria in the 1990s at the forefront, this book looks at the mystical and dangerous prophecy that pushes a family out of control. A rewarding, heartrending read.
- “Half of a Yellow Sun” by Chimamanda Adichie: Told through five really memorable characters including a pair of sisters whose return from studying in the UK finds them struggling to adjust in a now war-torn homeland, this book is set during the Nigerian civil war. Chimamanda tells the story of the Biafra struggle – a subject often avoided in Nigerian consciousness – with supreme tact illuminating an important moment in recent African history. A must read for every Nigerian.
As always, let us know what other books you think we should check out in the comments. Happy reading!
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