To be Young and Well Read

As young Nigerians we are increasingly becoming aware of our society and we’ve come a long way from the days of complete ignorance and disinterest in issues of politics and general news about the country. With social media, many young Nigerians are more engaged, even if that engagement is no more than on twitter, facebook etc. The graduation from complete ignorance is commendable, but we are not quite there yet in terms of knowledge and skills. At this point in our lives, our generation ought to be the most sophisticated and knowledgeable on an array of issues: politics, history, art, culture, music, literature and so on. We are after all the internet generation where information is at the click of a button.

My observation: Nigerians are lacking a lot in this field. To me, literature is one of the most important aspects of culture and its value cannot be overemphasized. Literature allows us to clarify our thoughts, improve our vocabulary, travel and escape into worlds previously unknown. Literature has the ability to transform and return us to our core self as we rediscover ourselves in the lives of others. Some of the fundamentals of American democracy and constitution were gathered from the French enlightenment philosophers who wrote books on rights and freedom.

On the journey to worldliness, why don’t you grab a book today? I am not talking about religious or academic books that are meant for passing exams, but a good work of fiction or creative non-fiction. During this long vacation and strike period, why don’t you consider picking up a book or two and be transported into a world that is both familiar and unfamiliar. I waiting to go to camp probably in November or whenever they decide so I have been keeping myself busy reading some really good books by African. These are the books I have read so far: Say You Are One of Them, Everyday Is For The Thief, Purple Hibiscus, I Do Not Come To ByYou Chance, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, Everything Good Will Come, The Thing Around Your Neck.

The following books are still on my I’m looking forward to reading are: Nairobi Heat, which is a crime novel, Igoni Barrett forthcoming collection of short story, Love Is Power, Or Something Like That, Bom Boy by Yewande Omotoso and Nnedi Okorafor’s What Sunny Saw In the Flames. You can buy many of these books from places like konga, Jumia, Buyam.com or even bookshops or even check out the websites of Nigerian publishers like http://www.cassavarepublic.biz or http://www.kachifo.com/

Why you don’t you share what your reading, especially by African writers.

Concerned Nigerian Youth for Reading

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