Before the days of smart phones and internet we all had a constant best friend it was books. As funny as it may sound it was our major nightmare back them but at the same time novels were our best companions.
As a kid born in the 90s I can tell you that books were everything. If you had the kind of father I had then you had no other option, you are either reading or doing assignments. Looking back now those books really shaped our reading culture and I still think reading novels should be encouraged in schools.
Today we are throwing it back to the days when it was about the Macmillan books and some amazing authors like Ola Rotimi, Cyprian Ekwesi, Chinua Achebe etc. These authors sure made books our best companion, let’s have some nostalgic feeling shall we? Let me say this again if you don’t know any of these books feel free to kneel down to greet me when next we see (laughs).
Without a silver spoon by Eddie Iroh
This novel was so real and beautiful. This novel for young people portrays the rewards of hard work and the importance of honesty. It’s about a young boy, Ure, who works as a houseboy to pay his school fees and is accused of stealing money. He is however, saved by the well-placed total trust of his parents and his teacher.
Things fall apart by Chinua Achebe
This book was and is still a best seller. One of the most widely read book in modern African Literature, it deals heavily with the effect of colonialism on the native people of Africa. It is the story of a Nigerian man, Okonkwo the village wrestler popularly called “the cat” who lives in a group of nine villages which are ruled by a council of elders and we can’t forget Ikemefuna’s death.
The sugar Girl by Kola Onadipe
Ralia the sugar girl. This book is about a young girl called Raila, who goes missing from home under mysterious and unfortunate circumstances. She must overcome several ordeals in the hands of a wicked witch and a horrible hunter.
The drummer boy by Cyprian Ekwesi
It was one of the recommended text in junior secondary school. It is about a talented but blind boy called Akin, who used his wonderful drumming skill and melodious voice to bring joy to the people in the communities in which he performed. This book was a must have back in the days!
The gods are not to blame by Ola Rotimi
Ola Rotimi did justice with this one and it is still a best seller. It is about Odewale who was destined to kill his father and marry his father. It is a very interesting twist and all thanks to super story classics that made it even more interesting.
Passport of Mallam Illia by Cyprian Ekwesi
This is a novel that I can say is really standing the test of time. It is the story of mallam Illia who spent a greater part of his life seeking revenge for wrong done to him by one Usman. Though he was able to avenge the wrong done to him, it came at a very high price.
Eze goes to school by Michael Crowder and Onuora Nzekwu
It was one of the popular literatures back in the day. It portrays the life of a typical Nigerian community and inspiring determination in the face of challenges.
Our husband has gone mad again by Ola Rotimi
This is a very humorous book and the author sure did a great job. It tells the story of Lejoka-Brown, an ex-military major, who has taken to dabbling in politics so that he too can partake in the ‘national chin chin’. One of his problems is that he does not have the slightest understanding of the workings of politics, relying instead on his military tactics and maneuvers to conduct his ‘surprise and attack’ campaign. Even bigger problems are his three wives. This one sure got us laughing, Ola Rotimi describes politics using an unusual approach.
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What was your favourite? Let us know in the comment session.