10 must read books about Nigeria
Nigeria as a country has come a long way. The country has been through the thicks and thins of reality. We have got a lot to say about our history.
Good enough, some of our stories have been stored in ink strokes and pages of books.
Therefore, in this post, we shall talk about the top 10 books about Nigeria you should get your hands on today.
1. Things Fall Apart
Just two years before Nigeria got her independence, China Achebe published his debut novel titled Things Fall Apart.
The story describes the beauty of the Nigerian culture, and the clash it had with the European invasion. Achebe also smoothly intertwined the Nigerian proverbs in such a way he passed the message clearly.
2. A History of Nigeria
This is yet another worthy book about Nigeria that you should read. It was published in 2008 by Toyin Falola, a Nigerian historian and Matthew Heaton.
In this book, the authors reviewed the recent problems with Nigeria by tracing our pre-colonial, colonial-era down to its nation and statehood.
3. Half of a Yellow Sun
Half of a Yellow Sun is a book written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Through the book, she revealed various situations that arose during the Nigerian/Biafran war. It was themed around war, marriage, academia, and Nigerian politics.
4. Aké: The Years of Childhood
This book is a memoir written by Wole Soyinka. It was first published in 1981.
In this book, Soyinka told a story of his childhood and life in Aké (a town in the present-day Ogun State) before and during
5. World War II.
It reveals what life was like in the early days of the country. Oil, Politics and Violence: Nigeria’s Military Coup Culture (1966-1976)
In 2009, a Nigerian historian, Max Siollun published this book. In it, he unravels the secret behind the early Nigerian crisis, and how the British influenced and gained from the country’s political and economic crisis.
Sozaboy is a novel written by Late Ken Saro Wiwa. The book features the story of a boy who perceived soldiery in an interesting way. But when he finally enrolled, he saw something else.
The book was themed around the Nigerian civil war. Interestingly enough, it was partly written in Nigerian pidgin English.
7. Boko Haram: Inside Nigeria’s Unholy War
This book was published in 2016 by Mike Smith. It swipes open the secrets behind the Boko Haram insurgency in the country.
From tracing the history of the Islamic sect down to the voices of a forgotten officer and wives of maimed men, the book unravels the corruption that has kept Nigeria in the dark.
8. A Fistful of Shells
Toby Green is a British historian who has a Ph.D. in African studies. In this book published in January 2019, Toby shares the history of Africa during the slave trade.
He also revealed how the “Scramble for Africa” left the originals with no better description than “uncivilized people” yet, the Benin bronze artworks were stolen by the Whites.
9. Nigeria: A New History of a Turbulent Century
In this book, Richard Bourne traces the history of Nigeria right from the colonial era down to the present time. The book was published in 2015.
Richard pays serious attention to the greatness and wealth of Nigeria, but due to erring leadership, the country has been unable to compass herself to true greatness.
10. There was a Country
Yet another book you must read if you really want to know about Nigeria is “There was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra.”
It was written by China Achebe and published in 2012. Through this personal account, Achebe offloaded the expectations and pains and he hoarded for years about Nigeria and Biafra.