Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ten top books about Nigeria

Barnaby Phillips is a senior correspondent for Al Jazeera English, which he joined at the time of its launch in 2006. His documentary Burma Boy won the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Award. His new book is Another Man's War: The Story of a Burma Boy in Britain's Forgotten Army.

One of the author's top ten books about Nigeria, as shared at the Guardian:
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

You've read the history of the civil war [in the late 1960s], now read Adichie's novel. It's a story of ordinary people swept up in extraordinary times; a privileged young woman, an ambitious university lecturer, an illiterate houseboy and a British writer, all of whom struggle to stay faithful to their ideals, loyalties and loves as their world falls apart around them. Add colonialism, tribalism, class, race and sexual desire, and you have an epic.
Read about another book on the list.

Half of a Yellow Sun is among Pushpinder Khaneka's three best books on Nigeria and Lorraine Adams's six best books.

--Marshal Zeringue