6 Contemporary Nigerian Books You Should Have On Your Shelf

Reading is very helpful with cognitive stimulation and is also a great way to productively entertain yourself. Growing up, if you weren't reading Enid Blyton's Malory Towers or Jacqueline Wilson's Bad Girls, then low-key you were razz.

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Nigerian books were usually for literature in school, which kind of gave them a bad rep because it seemed like they were just moral and history lessons nobody would ever read outside of  class. These days however, we have cooler, more interesting books by modern day writers that will engage anyone outside of a classroom.

Here are some of the best books by Nigerian authors that reflect the society impeccably whilst telling great stories and of course will warrant a giggle or two: 

Lagos Life London Living - Bobo Omotayo

This hilarious book is a collection of stories that document the writer's experiences living in London and Lagos – two contrasting but cosmopolitan cities.

It comes complete with a glossary providing definitions of slang and other colloquial sayings, specific to both London and Lagos, and will definitely entertain you the whole way through! 

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Fine Boys - Eghosa Imasuen 

Telling a story about 'The Wounded Generation', born out of the advent of General Ibrahim Babangida's military presidency which all but turned Nigeria on its head.

The story follows the lives of young boys who were left victim of this time and the effects that it had. 

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I'm Judging You - Luvvie Ajayi

If you needed reasons why people (read Nigerians) ain't shit, this book will give you exact scenarios that fit the description.

From uncles trying to jump out of the plane from seat number 60D before the seatbelt sign has even gone off to people who 'forget' their wallets at home at a group dinner, you'll definitely find a story in there that resonates with you.

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The Secret Lives Of Baba Segi's Wives - Lola Shoneyin

This could quite easily be the best book out of Nigeria, as the author touches on several social issues in one fell swoop and doesn't drop the ball from polygamy to rape to sexuality.

Beyond that, it is hilarious in its delivery and doesn't lose its message – definitely a book worth reading several times over. 

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Under The Udala Trees - Chinelo Okparanta 

If you've ever wanted to know how love conquers all, read this book. The social struggle that came with the desire for change during the time the book was set still matches society's current climate.

It definitely inspires discussion on the impact of social change, religion and its changing role in society.

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Stay With Me - Ayobami Adebayo 

Set in the '80s, this book tells a fictional story about the challenges of motherhood and marriage. Many of which are still prevalent in society today. The author was nominated for the prestigious Bailey Women's Prize for Fiction, and that should tell you how good the book is!

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