Nigerian Books Waiting to be Read

Happy New Year!!!

I went to Lagos and searched for books to buy, I currently have these in my possession:

Iska by Cyprian Ekwensi
Burning Grass by Cyprian Ekwensi
No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe
Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe
Ake by Wole Soyinka
Yellow-Yellow by Kaine Agary

I am expecting to recieve Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe in the post in the next few days. I had to buy it on Amazon 'cos I couldn't find it anywhere(where I had the time to check) in Lagos...

What book am I going to read first? I am spoilt for choice :-)


I'd nominate Burning Grass any day. It was one of the first novels I ever read and I've reread it like 20 times over the years. It's that good.

12:53 PM  

I bought a couple of books in Lagos though truth be told, I'm not the biggest fan of Nigerian writers ....I'm open to reading changing my mind though!

I bought Yellow-Yellow and Kemi's journal by Abidemi Sanusi. any chance I could borrow a couple of books when you're done? Burning Grass definitely appeals after Azuka's high praise.

I have to update my reading choices on this blog more often!

12:39 AM  

Ake is an awesome book - i've read it and i love it! you just have to get used to Wole Soyinka's big words but its an awesome heartwarming and sometimes funny novel!

I bought the penekelemes years by Wole Soyinka.... i hope its as good as Ake...
i'm going to do a search for burning grass on Amazon..

2:30 PM  

Ok, Azuka - I will start with Burning Grass. Thank you :-)

Vickii, ofcourse you can borrow a couple! Let me know what you think of Kemi's Journal, I saw it but didn't get it... and I agree you SHOULD update more often on this blog! :-)

I'll read Ake after Burning Grass and let you know what I think about it Onada... You should update more often on this blog too! :-)

4:57 AM  

I was thinking of doing a series called 'In Praise of Nigerian Writers' or African Writers soon.

Is anyone interested in working together? Who's read any book by Dan Fulani or The Year of the Locusts by Adebayo Williams?

11:41 AM  

@ Azuka, I'd definitely be interested but it depends on when you do it because at present, I haven't read that many Nigerian writers that I have been impressed with so far ... but I've got a few recommendations so I'm sure that will change.

Let me know details though! Thanks

Buki, you can borrow Kemi's journal when I'm done with it!

1:57 AM  

Wow. I really wish I was in London :-(. I'd have loved to do some trading with you all.

So are we sticking to Nigerian or African writers in general for the sries?

5:10 AM  

Thanks Vickii :-)

Hmmm... I don't know - African or Nigerian?

I have started reading Burning Grass :-)

Azuka, London is the place to be - NOT!!! (LOL!!! The UK gets on my nerves sometimes...)

7:53 AM  

I'm loving this discussion, lol. Running out of cash so I haven't been able to splurge on dozens of $0.01 books on Amazon.

Some people like Achebe and Soyinka have been discussed ad nauseam. Should we try a hand at Cyprian Ekwensi for starters or is there someone else more appealing while we wait for everyone to enjoy Burning Grass? I'm open to any writer...

2:05 PM  

I quite like the idea of opening it up to African writers; it'll be more diverse and give us more opportunity to discover some really great stuff.

@ Azuka, there have to be some advantages to living in London!

I really want to read Ake and Burning grass as onada and azuka have been going on about them but are there any other recommendations from anyone? Even if it's something that you haven't read but heard a lot about.

1:47 AM  

Erm, Vickii, do we have any common book between us? You can start on the post and send to me then I'll complete it or vice versa.

What books [and authors] do you recommend?

2:50 AM  

I finished Burning Grass yesterday... will write about it today or tomorrow.

Ake will be the next book, then Things Fall Apart.

3:34 AM  

Ake will knock your socks off. I just read it about six months ago yet I can still remember Soyinka's wacky sense of humor.

I have to look for the Penkeleme Years.

8:14 AM  

I am looking forward to Ake!

I saw The Penkeleme years but didn't get it... let me know what you think of it if you read it. Same goes for Onada

2:27 PM  

@ Azuka ... The most recent Nigerian book I read was Purple Hibiscus. I thought it was great! Have you read it?

Otherwise I guess we should pick a book, I'll read it and then we'll go from there?

3:58 AM  

I haven't read Purple Hibiscus yet. I really hope I get to do so.

2:21 PM  

@ azuka, lol we haven't read any books in common. Hmmm what do you suggest we do?

10:13 AM  

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