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Some selected Independence Day books to read

If you are looking to find out more about Nigeria, Africa’s most populous state, here are some books by Nigerian authors that can offer you a quick history lesson:

The trouble with Nigeria. Photo: BBC.com

Half Of A Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

For many millennials, Adiche’s novel was their first exposure to events surrounding the civil war and the campaign for the independent state of Biafra in fiction.

How to be a Nigerian by Peter Enahoro

The title of this book sums it up. Through his words and humour, Enahoro captures the conduct and characteristics of Nigerians in different scenarios.

A Platter of Gold by Olasupo Shashore

It tells the story of how Nigeria came to be. It also explores the colonial and pre-independence history of the country.

The Trouble with Nigeria by Chinua Achebe

Published in 1983, the book raises serious questions about leadership. Achebe explores ethnicity, patriotism and corruption.

There Was A Country by Chinua Achebe

This story is a powerful documentation of the coming of age of Nigeria, the experience of the civil war and its effects. Achebe writes about his experience during the civil war and his understanding of the effects.

The Complete Nigerian by Peter Enahoro

An observation of the peculiarities of Nigerian men and women.

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