The 5 Books Nigerian Millennials Can Never Ever Forget

March 16, 2022

Many millennials discovered their passion for books in different forms: a literature book, FOMO because all your friends were reading or just general curiosity, etc. Whatever reasons that made us love books were good enough. 

In this article, I’m going to share some of my personal favourite books that were definitely some of yours too. 

1. Koku Baboni  Kola Onadipe

I read this book when I was in Primary 5 and it’s one of the books that have stuck with me since then. It was part of the school curriculum but it was very well written for kids. Koku Baboni is a story about an abandoned boy who was rescued by an old lady and raised by her. I hope to get a copy and read it again. 10/10 book. 

Koku Baboni by Kola Onadipe

2. A Woman in Her Prime Asare Konadu

I’m glad that books written by African authors have come a long way from being forced into school curriculums. But I’m also glad that this was included in mine back in the day (the day being 2010). This book made me know what a woman being in her prime really means to society. It touches on barrenness, the need to have children before your “time” runs out and how much women sacrifice to have children of their own.

Amazon.com: Woman in Her Prime: 9780435900403: Konadu, Asare: Books

3. The  Joys of Motherhood  Buchi Emecheta

The first time I read this book, I was too young to understand the intricacies of it, but I know I felt nothing but grief at the end. A young woman who had many children died on the road at the end of the book. The Joys of Motherhood conjured so many emotions in it: from rage, to hope, sadness, pity, exhaustion, more rage, etc. It’s  What a life!

The Joys of Motherhood - Bookly.ng

READ: These 7 African Books Need to Be Adapted Into Film ASAP

4. The Concubine – Elechi Amadi

The concubine is about a woman whose husbands die after marrying her. The book touches on Igbo culture, tradition and the worship of gods amongst the eastern people of Nigeria. I don’t remember much about it, but I know it’s a book I should pick up to read again. 

The Concubine, by Elechi Amadi | ANZ LitLovers LitBlog

5. Purple Hibiscus Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Purple Hibiscus touches on several topics, but for me, it mostly opened my mind up to the complexities of fanaticism. Beyond its focus on religion, the book also focuses on life from childhood to teenagehood and family and societal impacts on young adults. 

Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

QUIZ: If You Get 10/25 On This Quiz, You’re A True Bookworm

Join The Conversation

Bring a friend.

You'll like this

December 8, 2020

As if we can afford normal AirPods, Apple have released a new set of headphones called AirPods Max. They cost $549. First question: Why do these companies not just go ahead and make their prices a round figure? Just call it $550 with your chest. Coward. Well as a Nigerian, I’ve converted $549 to naira […]

April 9, 2021

You’re at a job interview, answering all the questions and feeling yourself when the one person that hasn’t spoken throughout the meeting suddenly asks, “Why should we hire you?” If you’ve ever been in this situation and you didn’t know what to say, we’re sorry we didn’t write this earlier. Here are some of the […]

Watch

Now on Zikoko

Recommended Quizzes

November 7, 2019

These days, everyone is always talking about how much sex they’re getting, or how little sex they’re getting, or how disgusting sex is etc. There’s just so much talk about sex, it’s almost impossible to know who’s lying and who’s telling the truth. In anticipation of our new series about the sex lives of young […]

December 11, 2019

In the past month, we’ve made quizzes that guessed the last time you had sex, how many people you’ve slept with, and just how good you are in bed. For our latest attempt, we will use your taste in Nigerian music from the 2010s to ascertain what you’re like in bed. Take to find out:

What are you like in a relationship?
February 7, 2020

Your taste in music can say a lot about you, and this time, it’s going to reveal what you are like in a relationship. So, pick a few of your favourite Nigerian love songs, and we’ll let you know if you’re typically a distant, passionate or unbothered partner. Here you go:

More from Inside Life

Watch

Trending Videos

Zikoko Originals

September 13, 2022
Vs The World is a Zikoko original video series that follows best friends Astor and Hassan as they take on the world.
August 23, 2022
Zikoko Ships is a Zikoko Original series where we invite two people who share a relationship to play the Zikoko card games
December 14, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
November 2, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
October 26, 2020
A collection of videos documenting some of the events of the EndSARS protests.
June 22, 2020
'The Couch' is a Zikoko series featuring real life stories from anonymous people.
June 22, 2020
Hacked is an interesting new series by Zikoko made up of fictional but hilarious chat conversations.
June 4, 2020
What happens when a group of chatty young Nigerians talk about things they're passionate about? You get Nigerians talk. A show that discusses very familiar struggles for the average Nigerian. From relationship deal breakers to sex education with Nigerian parents to leaving Nigeria, be prepared for a ride.
June 2, 2020
Quickie is a video series where everyone featured gets only one minute to rant, review or do absolutely anything.
May 14, 2020
Isolation Diary is a Zikoko series that showcases what isolation is like for one young Nigerian working from home due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Z! Stacks

Here's a rabbit hole of stories to lose yourself in:

Zikoko amplifies African youth culture by curating and creating smart and joyful content for young Africans and the world.
X