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Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Ishilove: 6:28pm On Jul 15, 2016
If you grew up in Nigeria in the 80s and 90s, before the advent of social media, there is no way you wouldn't have escaped reading some of these books. I read most of them, especially those from the classical African Writers Series and Pacesetters.

Going through the list was a bitter-sweet experience for me because I am a lover of books, and it greatly reminds me of the gradual death of literature not only in Nigeria, but the world at large. It also reminds me of my childhood and the swift passage of time. One minute you're a child without a care in the world, and the next instant, you're an adult with adult responsibilities...

I grew up reading these books, so lets go on a journey in exploration of these all time African classics.

I will start with my all time favourite:

The Bottled Leopard by Chukwuemeka Ike. I read this book uncountable times until the rats in my father's house ate it up, as if saying "ENOUGH!!". Lol.

It's a boarding school story set in 1949, about a boy, Amobi, possessed with the spirit of a leopard who ran amok destroying things until African juju chained it up. I remember the main character's best friend is a Nigerian-American half-caste boy named Chucks ( or is Chuks?). Chucks later spread false rumours about Amobi. Very interesting read and my personal all time favourite.

http://www.lailasblog.com/2016/07/lailans-how-many-of-you-remember-these.html

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Ishilove: 6:29pm On Jul 15, 2016
Time Changes Yesterday by Nyengi Koin. A precocious girl match makes and hooks up her teacher with her widowed dad.

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Ishilove: 6:31pm On Jul 15, 2016
The Second Chance, also by Nyengi Koin. Mina and Richard's unlikely rich girl, poor boy love story. The story almost made me weep at the romance and the lovely way it turned out.

Yeah I remember this one. The twins were separated at birth over Mina's father's refusal to allow poor Richard marry his daughter.

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by niceprof: 6:33pm On Jul 15, 2016
It was an interesting read,because as a student of the Government College Umuahia then,which was the setting of the book,i could relate with everything written therein.From Bottled leopard to Arrow of god to Forest of flowers(Ken saro-wiwa) to The Concubine,all were written by our old boys.

Proudly Umuahian. Our will to shine as one.

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Ishilove: 6:33pm On Jul 15, 2016
One Week One Trouble, by Okoro Anezi. The ultimate boarding house story. One week one trouble. Wilson Tagbo. I have never seen someone as beleaguered with mischief as Wilson Tagbo, the protagonist. Lol

Wilson Tagbo the trouble maker!! cheesy

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Ishilove: 6:35pm On Jul 15, 2016
Dreammaker by RMD's late first wife, MEE Mofe-Damijo. Assad Lawson, Ama St Clair and Kayode something (I forget now). Honestly I can barely remember the plot.

I honestly don't know this one. I'm just seeing this book for the first time

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Ishilove: 6:36pm On Jul 15, 2016
Another personal favourite, God's Big Toe, by Obii Nwachukwu-Agbada. Who remembers Onwubiko? The only son of his rich igbo dad who previously had several daughters before him. Spoiled rotten, he was a brat who thought the world was his oyster, until daddy died and reality came crashing in...

I love this one. I read it uncountable times. Onwubiko is God's Big Toe who must never be stepped on! What a punk grin

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Ishilove: 6:37pm On Jul 15, 2016
The Virgin by Bayo Adewole. Very funny premise. I'm pretty sure if this story came up on Naija twitter today, there will be war. Lol


I don't think I read this one

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Ishilove: 6:39pm On Jul 15, 2016
An African Night's Entertainment, by the late and great Cyprian Ekwensi. All I remember about this book is that it is set in Hausa land, the main character lost an ear and then went on a very long voyage of revenge. Very interesting read. Cyprian also wrote the classic Passport of Mallam Ilia, for those who can remember.

This took me down memory lane. Wow!!

I also remember another one written by Cyprian, about an old man struck with a spell of the wandering disease. Each time someone mentions Sokugo, the old man loses his senses and starts wandering upandan distant lands. I have forgotten the name but the plot has stayed with me all these years.

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Ishilove: 6:41pm On Jul 15, 2016
The Birthday Party by Segun Adebanjo. If my memory serves me well the writer used to be a journalist. This babe in the story was a serious runs girl. Had four guys at her beck and call. All came crashing when all four sponsored her party. Oh gosh, when they crashed the party it was a huge mess and scandal, with broken bottles flying and broken heads as well. Lol

I remember this one. The girl's hoe game was weak cheesy tongue

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Ishilove: 6:43pm On Jul 15, 2016
Rich Girl, Poor Boy by the late UNILAG Creative Arts lecturer, Bode Osanyin. It is about aluta continua and how love triumphed at the end. I won't say it is particularly interesting but it was hugely popular back then,
I agree. Very dry novel with a very unrealistic ending. It was written and published during the military era, in 1983 when Osanyin was still wet behind the ears.

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Ishilove: 6:45pm On Jul 15, 2016
Ade Oguntoye's Too Cold For Comfort comes next. Mother-in-law vs Daughter in-law palaver.

I barely remember this one, but I know it was very interesting

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by olanshile2016(m): 6:46pm On Jul 15, 2016
Ishilove:

This took me down memory lane. Wow!!
yeah, I read this one like five times,but like two years ago,
Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Explorers(m): 6:46pm On Jul 15, 2016
At all, except these...

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Ishilove: 6:47pm On Jul 15, 2016
Uncle Eddie Iroh with this classic Without a Silver Spoon. If you schooled in Nigeria, you must have read this. Dirt poor boy is sponsored through school by his stingy teacher, who he serves as a house boy. The poor boy goes to the bush to look for palm kernels to break and eat because of hunger because his honesty wouldn't permit him to steal. A classic any day any time.

The part that got me was when the boy's father spat into his hands and asked him to lick it embarassed embarassed

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Ishilove: 6:48pm On Jul 15, 2016
The Virtuous Woman by Zainab Alali. I can barely remember the plot, but i know it is about a childless woman searching for the fruit of the womb. Quite interesting.

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by youngaz(m): 6:49pm On Jul 15, 2016
Haven't read "anyone" of dose storybooks ooocheesycheesycheesy bt i tink i saw dat "The Birthday Party" somewhere bt can't rememba...aaaahhh ave read "Without A Silver Spoon"....dat book almost made me cry...no...it made me cry....twas poverty at its peak
Hmm Ishilove is d Op..it might make Fpgrin

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by naptu2: 6:49pm On Jul 15, 2016
The Drummer Boy by Cyprian Ekwensi.

I owned a copy of this book and I saw Kokoro everyday in traffic, yet it didn't occur to me that the book was about him (until just before his death).

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Ishilove: 6:51pm On Jul 15, 2016
Another favourite, The Concubine by the recently deceased Elechi Amadi. This timeless classic is about beautiful, gap teethed Ihuoma, wife of a Sea King (spirit husband) who can only be a concubine to a man, but never a wife. All the men who married or tried to marry her died tragically. Ekwueme her husband, Madume (that one's death was terrible), and Emenike. Very painful, this story, but very interesting. One of my personal favourites.

When I read it the cover was different. Ekwueme died from the injuries he sustained in a fight with Madume. Madume, the greedy lecher began eyeing Ihuoma after her husband died. I think Madume later hung himself on a tree after he went blind. The spirit husband came in the form of a snake and spat into his eyes, blinding him. He sunk into depression afterwards, and then committed suicide.

Truly an unforgettable classic... smiley

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by naptu2: 6:52pm On Jul 15, 2016
Ishilove:


The part that got me was when the boy's father spat into his hands and asked him to lock it embarassed embarassed

I preferred Forty-Eight Guns For The General. My God, I lost myself in that book!

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Ishilove: 6:53pm On Jul 15, 2016
Mother's Choice by Agbo Areo (I wonder where this writer is. I read so many of his books growing up). This is a story about a mama's boy. My memory is so fuzzy...

Who can remember the other books written by Agbo Areo?

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by naptu2: 6:54pm On Jul 15, 2016
Ishilove:


This took me down memory lane. Wow!!

An African Night's Entertainment and Eze Goes To. School. Wonderful memories.

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Ishilove: 6:55pm On Jul 15, 2016
Buchi Emecheta wrote The Joys of Motherhood. It is one of the most recent in this collection, having being written in the early 2000's. I never finished the book because my copy was stolen by a big eyed thief who I was never able to catch, but from what I remember, it is about a woman who worked her back off for her children but died before she could reap the fruits of her labours.

Quite sad, although I am more acquainted with Second Class Citizen

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by MidasTouche01(m): 6:56pm On Jul 15, 2016
I love Ralia the sugar girl And Footsteps in the Dark, by Theresa Meniru


The [b]Bottled Leopard [/b]is also exciting, I read more than 7x

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by eitsei(m): 6:56pm On Jul 15, 2016
The books that I've read are not here

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Ishilove: 6:57pm On Jul 15, 2016
If you remember Ralia the Sugar Girl, you will also remember The Boy Slave and Return of the Boy Slave because they were all written by the same author, Kola Onadipe. If my memory serves me well, it is a biblical Joseph the slave kinda story. I think the protagonist also rose to become a king or something. It has been so long.


I thought i saw Ralia Odinga grin cheesy

I know I've read this Boyslave book, but each time i try to conjure up the memory, Koku Baboni keeps popping up.

Who also remembers My Father's Daughter by Mabel something?

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Ishilove: 6:58pm On Jul 15, 2016
The Drummer Boy by Cyprian Ekwensi. This one about a blind boy who lived on the streets. He had a very sweet singing voice, was affiliated with a restaurant and somehow got mixed up with the wrong crowd.

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Ishilove: 7:01pm On Jul 15, 2016
Truly a walk down memory lane. Social media has effed up so many things cry

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by blessedvisky(m): 7:03pm On Jul 15, 2016
I read the bottled leopard sugar girl D Ó Fagunwa books men reading book good oo

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by naptu2: 7:04pm On Jul 15, 2016
I read tons of Pacesetter novels decades ago, but this is the only one that has totally stuck in my head. I can almost remember every single line.

The Director by Agbo Areo.

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by naptu2: 7:05pm On Jul 15, 2016
[quote author=Ishilove post=47575598][/quote] Do you know who this novel is about?
Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Ishilove: 7:05pm On Jul 15, 2016
naptu2:
I read tons of Pacesetter novels decades ago, but this is the only one that has totally stuck in my head. I can almost remember every single line.

The Director by Agbo Areo.


Yes! What's the plot again?

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