A Year of Nigerian Reading
It’s hard to believe a year has passed and my project is over. A year ago I decided that because I had been left with quite bad memories of Nigeria thanks to an ex, I would immerse myself in Nigerian literature as a way of ensuring that any time I thought of the country, I would think only of the good. After a year of reading (mostly) fantastic books I am happy to say that the project was a success. I’ve also been lucky enough to make friends via twitter and the blog with some really fantastic Nigerians with whom I can discuss books and news.
I read quite a lot of titles through the year, and have linked to all of my reviews on the dedicated page. Some of my new favorite authors have come via the project and certainly some of my favorite books of the year. I expanded from my usual reading fare to include children’s books, romance, mystery, as well as fiction and non-fiction. I sought out authors who are still in Nigeria though that was a bit more difficult. Thanks to technology these days, however, it is becoming easier and easier.
I’m unsure if I can keep up every Friday, but I certainly won’t be giving up on Nigerian literature. The country is a fascinating one with such a huge population, with the divide between religions, and with the history the country has experienced. Authors there are coming out with some really great books, and there are so many of them to check out. I am also planning on hosting another Nigerian reading challenge this year though perhaps doing more like Kinna did with her Ghanaian Reading Week and expanding it to a week-long event filled with different exciting activities. Do let me know what you think on that idea.
I will leave you with a new short story from a new favorite author, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, that she shared with me. All readers and collectors of books will be truly touched, I guarantee!