10 Nigerian literature books we read while growing up

10 Nigerian literature books we read while growing up

Before there were smart phones and internet, many children spent their time reading books.

If you were one of those born in the 80s and 90s, books were your everything, your escape from boredom, your companion. It was like a competition. You wanted to be among those who had read certain books and brag about it.

As we grow older, it’s easy to forget how important it is to keep reading. We tend to forget how our lives were positively affected by reading. We seem to have lost that excitement and pleasure we derived from reading.

Since the arrival of mobile and smart phones, reading has begun fading from our culture and children are concentrating more on keeping up with the trends on social media.

Here are some memorable Nigerian literature books that kept 90s children company.

1. The gods are not to blame by Ola Rotimi

10 Nigerian literature books we read while growing up

The novel is set in an indeterminate period of a Yoruba kingdom. It is dramatic tale of a man named Odewale who was born with a destiny he tried to run away from.

2. Eze goes to school by Onuora Nzekwu and Michael Crowder

10 Nigerian literature books we read while growing up

It was one of the popular literatures back in the day. It portrays the life of a typical Nigerian community and inspiring determination in the face of challenges.

3. The bottled leopard by Chukwuemeka Ike

10 Nigerian literature books we read while growing up

This novel explores the differences between Western Christian concepts and the indigenous African tradition. The writer uses two children and two backgrounds to juxtapose two varying cultures and the conflict that results from the inability of the West to understand the indigenous African culture.

4. Sugar girl by Kola Onadipe

10 Nigerian literature books we read while growing up

This is about a young girl called Raila, who goes missing from home under mysterious and unfortunate circumstances. She must overcome several ordeals in the hands of a wicked witch and a horrible hunter.

5. The Drummer boy by Cyprian Ekwensi

10 Nigerian literature books we read while growing up

It was one of the recommended text in junior secondary school. It is about a talented but blind boy called Akin, who used his wonderful drumming skill and melodious voice to bring joy to the people in the communities in which he performed.

6. Chike and the River by Chinua Achebe

10 Nigerian literature books we read while growing up

This novel is a tale about a young Nigerian boy named Chike and his experiences in the big city of Onitsha. He moved from his native village of Umuofia to the city to live with his uncle. There is much to learn culturally for modern day young readers from this novel.

7. Without a Silver Spoon by Eddie Iroh

10 Nigerian literature books we read while growing up

This novel for young people portrays the rewards of hard work and the importance of honesty. It’s about a young boy, Ure, who works as a houseboy to pay his school fees and is accused of stealing money. He is however, saved by the well-placed total trust of his parents and his teacher.

8. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

10 Nigerian literature books we read while growing up

One of the most widely read book in modern African Literature, it deals heavily with the effect of colonialism on the native people of Africa. It is the story of a Nigerian man, Okonkwo who lives in a group of nine villages which are ruled by a council of elders.

9. Flying Tortoise by Anezi Okoro

10 Nigerian literature books we read while growing up

For the first time, Tortoise leaves his home on earth to explore outer space, tackling environmental problems and many timeless themes of mankind and society.

10. Burning Grass by Cyprian Ekwensi

10 Nigerian literature books we read while growing up

This is a fascinating tale about Mai Sunsaye, who is afflicted with sokugo, the wandering sickness, and his experiences. The story focuses on Northern Nigeria where, when the grass is burnt on the plains, Fulani cattlemen move southwards towards the banks of the Niger

Source: Legit.ng

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