5 Books To Read This Sallah

In the spirit of the Muslim Eid festival, it will only be best that we have a variety to feast on.  For a feast of the mind, here is a list of 5 books we recommend to you to read before during the festive break.

The African Child by Camara Laye
This novel as written by Laye describes his life growing up in the village of Koroussa in Guinea. He explains the supernatural powers his parents possess and why of all the goldsmiths in the village, his father stands out. Soon, he must choose between home or pursuit of academic success elsewhere.

2. The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born by Ayi Kwei Armah
In this book, the author takes a satirical attack at Kwame Nkrumah’s regime in Ghana and the period immediately after independence in the 1960s. It tells the story of an upright railway worker who resists the temptations of taking bribes and gratification much to the anger of his wife. Feeling increasingly guilty for his innocence, the novel portrays the theme of corruption and greed that many African nations such as Ghana struggled with from post-independence till date.

3. Weep Not Child by Ngῦgῖ wa Thiong’o         
This book looks at the effects of the Mau Mau war on everyday men and women in Kenya, focusing on one family in particular. In the forests, the Mau Mau are waging war against the white government and two brothers, Kamau and Njoroge, and the rest of the family must decide where their loyalties lie.

4. Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Patton
The novel tells the story of a Zulu pastor Stephen Kumalo who travels to Johannesburg to find his son and other family members. He soon discovers that his son Absalom has been charged with murder of a white man. Paton looks at the social structures of society in a country ruled by racial injustice.

5. Urichindere by Dike-Ogu Chukwumerije
This highly hilarious book looks at the life of a teenager in an elite boarding school in Lagos.  Urichindere whom preferred to be called Pips McQueen learns to survive in his boarding school. Through this path, he discovers a friend Mac Jimmy.