I love books. I enjoy reading. I blogged about my love of books and reading here so I’m not going to do it again.
Anyway every now and again, I browse bookshops and amazon.co.uk to see what’s out there. I heard about a book titled ‘In my dreams, it was simpler’ written collectively by a group of bloggers headed by Tolulope Popoola, via a blog so went to amazon.co.uk to check it out. Whilst doing this, I noticed several other titles by Nigerian authors.
I had no idea we had so many contemporary writers from Nigeria. I’m not sure what that reveals about my knowledge of the literary advancement Nigerians are making but I’m ashamed to admit that the forecast doesn’t look good.
Of course, the more prominent and award-winning Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie featured quite a bit but then there was a long list of less popular authors including Abidemi Sanusi (Kemi’s journal, God has daughters too, Zack’s story), Helon Habila (Waiting for an Angel), Chika Unigwe (On Black Sisters’ Street), Sarah Ladipo Manyika (In Dependence), Myne Whitman (A heart to mend) and Sefi Atta (Everything good will come). This is by no means an exhaustive list and I would encourage you to check out the Amazon websites to look up many more.
It’s so encouraging to see all their names in print knowing that they’ve all overcome various challenges to achieve this.
I find that reading helps a lot in the writing process. For me it opens my eyes to different writing styles, improves and increases my vocabulary, gives me fodder for ideas and opens up whole new perspectives I’d not previously considered.
I have put some of these titles in my shopping basket (I’ve read some of them already) and I’m awaiting a windfall to actually purchase them. By the way, Amazon.co.uk does gift tokens so if you are feeling generous or would simply love to help me on my writing journey, feel free to purchase me a few. When I become a famous and award-winning author, you could say “I knew her when she was just starting out.” That could be your claim to fame.
In the meantime, while I wait on that windfall, or your generosity, I’ll endeavour to keep writing. Please keep reading and commenting.