Nigerian history is one many people are unfamiliar with
Nigerian history is not widely taught in schools. History in Nigeria is meant for only “art” inclined students. This practice has weakened the knowledge of many Nigerians about our country’s history.
The Naija history is one that has been fraught with hardships, wars, triumphs and more. Sadly not many will never know this.
As someone who loves to experience the written word, I have picked out five historical Naija novels every Nigerian should read:
1. Ake by Wole Soyinka
Ever wondered what colonial Nigeria was like? Then a look at Wole Soyinka’s Ake will enlighten you.
2. There was a Country by Chinua Achebe
The late Chinua Achebe is known as a master storyteller. His novel “There was a Country” will take you back to the Nigerian civil war. Experience the war through the eyes of one who lived during that period.
3. Sozaboy by Ken Saro-Wiwa
Another great book from the civil war era. It’s all fun and games to play soldier on video games. Sozaboy by late activist and writer, Ken Saro-Wiwa will show you the war through the eyes of a soldier.
4. Everything Good Will Come by Sefi Atta
For many Nigerians, the military era is what happened to our parents. The concept of military rule is one many of us do not remember or even fathom. Sefi Atta’s Everything Good Will Come explores the military rule of the 70s, political corruption, and gender inequality.
5. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie
No historical Nigerian novel list will be complete without the mention of Adichie’s “Half of a Yellow Sun”. Set in the Nigerian-Biafran civil war period, this book explores the horrors of the Nigerian civil war through the eyes of four protagonists.