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Recommended books (15)
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the Read Around Africa Challenge were written by authors from Nigeria. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche EN

Rating: 4     121 Votes
Country: Africa / Nigeria flag Nigeria
Description:
A searing new novel, at once sweeping and intimate, by the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun: a story of love and race centred around a man and woman from Nigeria who seemed destined to be together--until the choices they are forced to make tear them apart. Ifemelu--beautiful, self-assured--left Nigeria 15 years ago, and now studies in Princeton as a Graduate Fellow. Obinze--handsome and kind-hearted--was Ifemelu's teenage love; he'd hoped to join her in America, but post 9/11 America wouldn't let him in. Years later, when they reunite in Nigeria, neither is the same person who left... continue
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Recommended: 24 Apr 2022
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Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie EN

Rating: 4     270 Votes
Country: Africa / Nigeria flag Nigeria
Description:
From the award-winning, bestselling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists—a haunting story of love and war • Recipient of the Women’s Prize for Fiction “Winner of Winners” award With effortless grace, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra's impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria during the late 1960s. We experience this tumultuous decade alongside five unforgettable characters: Ugwu, a thirteen-year-old houseboy who works for Odenigbo, a university professor full of revo... continue
Recommended: 20 Feb 2022
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My Sister, the Serial Killer : A Novel by Oyinkan Braithwaite EN

Rating: 3.5     93 Votes
Country: Africa / Nigeria flag Nigeria
Description:
"Slasher meets satire in this darkly comic novel set in Nigeria about a woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends"--
Recommended: 07 Apr 2022
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Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie EN

Rating: 4     81 Votes
Country: Africa / Nigeria flag Nigeria
Description:
A promising new voice from Nigeria delivers an exquisite and powerful first novel about a 15-year-old Nigerian woman who is awakening at a time when both her country and family are on the cusp of change.
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Recommended: 01 Feb 2018
5.

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko EN

Rating: 4.5     8 Votes
Country: Africa / Nigeria flag Nigeria
Description:
An epic West-African inspired YA fantasy from an incredible new talent.
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Recommended: 10 Jun 2022
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Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo EN

Rating: 4     24 Votes
Country: Africa / Nigeria flag Nigeria
Description:
"A novel about a married Nigerian couple who must grapple with staggering levels of loss and betrayal in their quest to create a family for themselves" --
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Recommended: 25 May 2022
7.

Such a Beautiful Thing to Behold by Umar Turaki EN

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Country: Africa / Nigeria flag Nigeria
Description:
An inexplicable sickness. A small town cut off from the world. An unexpected community of survivors forges a family out of the despair, struggling against things known and unknown for survival and hope. A mysterious plague known as the Grey grips the small village of Pilam, which the world has quarantined without pity. Laying waste to Pilam's residents, the sickness saps its victims of strength, drains the color from their eyes, and kills all promise. Only the young are immune. But beyond the barricades and walls of soldiers--the manifestation of a nation's terror--there are rumors of a cure. ... continue
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Recommended: 26 Aug 2022
8.

The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi EN

Rating: 4.1     11 Votes
Country: Africa / Nigeria flag Nigeria
Description:
"A tender, potent, and compulsively readable novel of a Nigerian-Indian family and the deeply held secret that tests their traditions and bonds"--
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Recommended: 10 Jun 2022
9.

The Girl with the Louding Voice : A Novel by Abi Daré EN

Rating: 4     19 Votes
Country: Africa / Nigeria flag Nigeria
Description:
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A READ WITH JENNA TODAY SHOW BOOK CLUB PICK! “Brave, fresh . . . unforgettable.”—The New York Times Book Review “A celebration of girls who dare to dream.”—Imbolo Mbue, author of Behold the Dreamers (Oprah’s Book Club pick) Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and recommended by The New York Times, Marie Claire, Vogue, Essence, PopSugar, Daily Mail, Electric Literature, Red, Stylist, Daily Kos, Library Journal, The Everygirl, and Read It Forward! The unforgettable, inspiring story of a teenage girl growing up in a rural Nigerian village who longs to ge... continue
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Recommended: 07 Apr 2022
10.

The Palm-Wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola EN

Rating: 3.5     4 Votes
Country: Africa / Nigeria flag Nigeria
Description:
The ghosts live in the center of the jungle and this tells of what happens to the mortals who venture into the world of the ghosts.
Recommended: 07 Apr 2022
11.

There Was a Country : A Personal History of Biafra by Chinua Achebe EN

Rating: 3.5     7 Votes
Country: Africa / Nigeria flag Nigeria
Description:
From the legendary author of Things Fall Apart comes this long-awaited memoir recalling Chinua Achebe's personal experiences of and reflections on the Biafran War, one of Nigeria's most tragic civil wars Chinua Achebe, the author of Things Fall Apart, was a writer whose moral courage and storytelling gifts have left an enduring stamp on world literature. There Was a Country was his long-awaited account of coming of age during the defining experience of his life: the Nigerian Civil War, also known as the Biafran War of 1967-1970. It became infamous around the world for its impact on the Biafran... continue
Recommended: 08 Sep 2022
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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe EN

Rating: 4.1     8 Votes
Country: Africa / Nigeria flag Nigeria
Description:
The contemporary African writer's classic novel depicting the destruction of traditional tribal life by the white man
Recommended: 01 Jan 2018
13.

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta EN

Rating: 4     9 Votes
Country: Africa / Nigeria flag Nigeria
Description:
Inspired by her mother s stories of war and Nigeria s folktale traditions, "Under the Udala Trees "is Chinelo Okparanta sdeeply searching, powerful debut about the dangers of living and loving openly"
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Recommended: 27 Jun 2022
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Waiting For an Angel by Helon Habila EN

0 Ratings
Country: Africa / Nigeria flag Nigeria
Description:
WAITING FOR AN ANGEL marks the debut of one of Africa's most promising new writers. Lomba is a young journalist living under military regime in Lagos, one of the most dangerous cities in the world. His mind is full of soul music and girls and thenovel he is writing. But his room-mate goes mad and is beaten up by soldiers, his first love is forced to marry a man she doesn't love, and his neighbours are planning a demo which is bound to incite riot and arrests. Lomba can no longer bury his head in the sand. He must write the truth about this reign of terror . . . WAITING FOR AN ANGEL captures th... continue
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Recommended: 20 Feb 2022
15.

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie EN

Rating: 4     47 Votes
Country: Africa / Nigeria flag Nigeria
Description:
Offers an updated definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness.
Recommended: 12 Oct 2018

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