Everyone knows that Nigerian women are best in everything, including writing books. In these books, there are good and bad women, there are strong and weak women who fight for themselves and for those around them. Here’s a list of books written by Nigerian women that everyone should read.
1. Second Class Citizen — Buchi Emecheta
This book features a middle-aged woman who defies tradition to find independence. If that’s not enough empowerment for women’s month, I don’t know what is.
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2. Vagabonds! — Eloghosa Osunde
In this book, the women are fearless. We learn that being bad and being good are social constructs. We also learn to support not just women’s rights but also women’s wrongs. You should inject it this minute.
3. Ogadinma Or, Everything Will Be All Right — Ukamaka Olisakwe
The book follows a teenager in the 1980s as she finds her voice after a traumatising event. It’s a soft read that you’ll want to share with your friends.
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6. Stay With Me – Ayobami Adebayo
Ayobami Adebayo wrote a timeless book about how the pressure to have children and perform the duties of women in a patriarchal society takes its toll on women over time. You can even share this book with your mummies and aunties.
5. Everything Good Will Come – Sefi Atta
In Everything Good Will Come, women define what independence meant to them after the Biafran war in a Nigeria where even men had to bow to authority. 10/10 recommendation.
6. On Black Sisters Street – Chika Unigwe
The story follows four African women who become sex workers in Belgium to raise money for their families and pay back their traffickers. It’s a heartbreaking story but it’s one of those books everyone should read to learn about worlds beyond theirs.
7. Under The Udala Trees – Chinelo Okparanta
This book follows a girl who discovers early that she’d have to hide her love for women. This secret almost costs her her life. In the end, though. she chooses herself. It’s one of Chinelo Okparanta’s finest works.
8. Ordinary People – Diana Evans
Similar to the theme in Stay With Me, Ordinary People depicts a middle-aged couple struggling with different layers of marital crisis. It’s a well-written book that deserves its flowers.
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