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If there’s one thing a lot of us Nigerian Youths learned this year is that we don’t know about Nigeria as much as we think we do. But fortunately, we had amazing people who documented and wrote several books about Nigeria that we can all learn from. If you’re looking to know more about Nigeria, read these books:


The Trouble With Nigeria by Chinua Achebe

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The eminent African novelist and critic, here addresses Nigeria’s problems, aiming to challenge the resignation of Nigerians and inspire them to reject old habits which inhibit Nigeria from becoming a modern and attractive country. In this famous book now reprinted, he professes that the only trouble with Nigeria is the failure of leadership, because with good leaders Nigeria could resolve its inherent problems such as tribalism; lack of patriotism; social injustice, and the cult of mediocrity; indiscipline; and corruption.

How To Be A Nigerian by Peter Enahoro


This famous little book is one of the funniest to come out of Africa. First published in 1996, it continues to be in demand. The Nigerian author turns a humorous and ironic eye on his fellow compatriots. The book is described as a guide for Nigerians and expatriates on the conduct, deportment, comportment, bearing, demeanor, mien, carriage, actions, the misdoings, misconduct, and misbehaviors of the Nigerian adult male and female. Sprinkled with anecdotes and cartoons, the book addresses the Nigerian essence.


The Nigerian Civil War by John de St Jorre

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No one can understand Nigeria today without some knowledge of the events of the civil war, and John de St Jorre – a British journalist who covered the war for the Observer – wrote a brilliant account soon afterward: a readable and scrupulously fair history of a conflict that aroused great passions across Africa and in Britain.


A History Of Nigeria by Toyin Falola and Matthew Heaton


Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country and the world’s eighth-largest oil producer, but its success has been undermined in recent decades by ethnic and religious conflict, political instability, rampant official corruption and an ailing economy. Toyin Falola, a leading historian intimately acquainted with the region, and Matthew Heaton, who has worked extensively on African science and culture, combine their expertise to explain the context to Nigeria’s recent troubles through an exploration of its pre-colonial and colonial past, and its journey from independence to statehood. By examining key themes such as colonialism, religion, slavery, nationalism and the economy, the authors show how Nigeria’s history has been swayed by the vicissitudes of the world around it, and how Nigerians have adapted to meet these challenges. This book offers a unique portrayal of a resilient people living in a country with immense, but unrealized, potential.


My Nigeria by Peter Cunliffe-Jones


Part family memoir, part history, My Nigeria is a piercing look at the colonial legacy of an emerging power in Africa. Marshalling his deep knowledge of the nation’s economic, political, and historic forces, Cunliffe-Jones surveys its colonial past and explains why British rule led to collapse at independence. He also takes an unflinching look at the complicated country today, from email hoaxes and political corruption to the vast natural resources that make it one of the most powerful African nations; from life in Lagos’s virtually unknown and exclusive neighborhoods to the violent conflicts between the numerous tribes that make up this populous African nation. As Nigeria celebrates five decades of independence, this is a timely and personal look at a captivating country that has yet to achieve its great potential.

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