Nigerians have constantly been accused of having a lack of interest towards developing reading culture.
Even in our schools, any student who reads for non-academic purposes is usually referred to as being overzealous.
While reading takes one to many locations and on a journey of various experiences, it is also good for mental development.
As the Richard Steele saying goes, reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
The following books are great options for this month of September:
Chasing Facades by Elizabeth Adeolu
Published in April 2016
Nothing is as it seems in this thriller. The author manages to weave events in the book in a way that makes a story about betrayal a favourite to any reader. Set in a fictional Nigerian state, the main character’s experience as a law enforcement agent is put to the test when she finds herself caught in a shocking series of events.
Morning Does Come by Rita Okoroafor
Published in October 2015
If you love transitional Nollywood movies, you will get a kick out of reading this book. The main character, Kaine, allows her belief in God steer her life’s decisions as a young girl. But what happens when she passes through literal hell in her quest to remain true to her beliefs?
Bitterleaf by Chioma Okereke
Published in January 2012
The reader has the freedom to place happenings in this book in whatever geographical location s/he chooses. This is because the story is set in an unknown African country. Characters within the story are carried through on a life-changing journey very different from what they are used to. In fact this story can be likened to the changes we constantly occur in life. These changes may or may not favour us but will definitely take place.
Black Ass by Igoni A. Barrett
Published in August 2015
Furo Wariboko cannot understand his sudden transformation to a white man. Although he feels uncomfortable in his new skin/identity, he soon discovers everyone else is quick to grant him favours. But what happens when Furo’s past, present and future seem to merge?
Windmills of the Gods by Sidney Sheldon
Published by November 1987
An amateur diplomat is caught in a world of political and international intrigue in this classic book. Used as a pawn by people she should trust, Mary Ashley finds out the hard way, that the world of politics is a different planet altogether.