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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Ishilove: 7:07pm On Jul 15, 2016
Explorers:
At all, except these...
Lmaoooo! Yoruba man cheesy cheesy
Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by naptu2: 7:10pm On Jul 15, 2016
This book is like a prophesy. It is timeless. It's like one of Fela's songs. It was written in the 1960s, but it perfectly depicts the behaviour of African politicians today. I've still got a copy of the book.

Chief The Honourable Minister by T.M. Aluko.


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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by naptu2: 7:14pm On Jul 15, 2016
O MY GOD! O MY GOD! You will die of laughter if you read this book. I'm not just saying it. You will actually die of laughter if you read it. This novel is totally hilarious.

Somebody stole my copy of the book, but I must buy another one soon.


The Interpreters by Wole Soyinka.

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Ishilove: 7:15pm On Jul 15, 2016
naptu2:
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).


Who is Kokoro?

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Yuneehk(f): 7:18pm On Jul 15, 2016
My favourite was "second chance".. I read that book so many times. Rich Mina Erein and poor Richard Pepple with their twin girls cheesy

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Explorers(m): 7:18pm On Jul 15, 2016
Ishilove:

Lmaoooo! Yoruba man cheesy cheesy


Na so grin
Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Ishilove: 7:19pm On Jul 15, 2016
naptu2:


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

I know it, but I never read it.
Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Ishilove: 7:21pm On Jul 15, 2016
naptu2:
This book is like a prophesy. It is timeless. It's like one of Fela's songs. It was written in the 1960s, but it perfectly depicts the behaviour of African politicians today. I've still got a copy of the book.

Chief The Honourable Minister by T.M. Aluko.



I love this one!! cheesy
Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Ishilove: 7:23pm On Jul 15, 2016
naptu2:
O MY GOD! O MY GOD! You will die of laughter if you read this book. I'm not just saying it. You will actually die of laughter if you read it. This novel is totally hilarious.

Somebody stole my copy of the book, but I must buy another one soon.


The Interpreters by Wole Soyinka.


Then you haven't read Great Ponds by Elechi Amadi cheesy

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by naptu2: 7:31pm On Jul 15, 2016
Ishilove:


Yes! What's the plot again?

It's a very crazy story about a delinquent boy called Akin and the absolutely crazy events that happened in his life.

You will read about the food riots that occurred in his school, his teenage female classmates that moonlight as prostitutes, the bathroom in the female hostel that can be seen from the building across the road, the time that he falsified his results, how he was either expelled from school or he dropped out (I can remember which) and how he stole a lot of money from accident victims and used that to start his company.

He therefore became the "Director" of the company and had lots of girlfriends and hosted lavish parties. He was also engaged in a lot of illegal activities (to keep the money flowing). Then you'll read about what happened to him in the end.

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by naptu2: 7:37pm On Jul 15, 2016
Ishilove:


Who is Kokoro?

Kokoro was a very famous blind musician. He used to busk on Igbosere Road and Broad Street (at least, those were the two places that I saw him everyday). He played the tambourine (just like Akin in the novel).

I was always amazed by the fact that he knew the streets so well that he could walk up and down them unaccompanied. I saw him on those streets everyday and he never had an accident (at least not to my knowledge).

I think it was in the 1990s that PMAN (finally) decided to do something for him, but unfortunately he died soon after that.

There's a statue of him at the new Tinubu Square fountain.

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by armadeo(m): 7:38pm On Jul 15, 2016
Ishilove:


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.

This was burning grass. Read it in JSS 2. Didn't get the gist till later. Even now I call my wandering friends " sokugo".

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by armadeo(m): 7:40pm On Jul 15, 2016
Ishilove:


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

Ure chokwe my boy. When teacher Steve's fiancee saw the missing money stuck in a drawer.

The teacher that used to sign on the cut edge of yam.

Erugo iyama the boy who always had oil from ' akara' on his lips.

This was a really touching story. Loved it.

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by naptu2: 7:40pm On Jul 15, 2016
Ishilove:


I know it, but I never read it.

It's a delicious civil war novel. It's fictional, but it seems very real (remember that he worked in the Biafra Information Bureau during the war). He borrowed heavily from things that actually happened during the war.
Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by armadeo(m): 7:42pm On Jul 15, 2016
naptu2:
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).


Wait up. This was based on a true story?

Now I am completely awed.

I remember the joy with which he reunited with his fellow players. How angry he was because the madam drove them away. Lol.

Epic tale.

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by naptu2: 7:43pm On Jul 15, 2016
Ishilove:


Then you haven't read Great Ponds by Elechi Amadi cheesy

You won't understand what I mean until you read that book. I skipped the first few pages when I read it the first time, but once I got started, I couldn't put it down. I almost died of laughter several times.

I've laid many potent curses on the head of the person that stole my copy of the book, but I shall get another one soon.

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by armadeo(m): 7:43pm On Jul 15, 2016
Ishilove:


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

Also read this. Though I think an arrow aimed at a lizard killed emenike. He who climbed a palm tree and refused to come down till ihuoma was called.

Wakiri the wag and his knock knees.

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by naptu2: 7:45pm On Jul 15, 2016
armadeo:


Wait up. This was based on a true story?

Now I am completely awed.

I remember the joy with which he reunited with his fellow players. How angry he was because the madam drove them away. Lol.

Epic tale.

naptu2:


Kokoro was a very famous blind musician. He used to busk on Igbosere Road and Broad Street (at least, those were the two places that I saw him everyday). He played the tambourine (just like Akin in the novel).

I was always amazed by the fact that he knew the streets so well that he could walk up and down them unaccompanied. I saw him on those streets everyday and he never had an accident (at least not to my knowledge).

I think it was in the 1990s that PMAN (finally) decided to do something for him, but unfortunately he died soon after that.

There's a statue of him at the new Tinubu Square fountain.
Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by naptu2: 7:51pm On Jul 15, 2016
armadeo:


Wait up. This was based on a true story?

Now I am completely awed.

I remember the joy with which he reunited with his fellow players. How angry he was because the madam drove them away. Lol.

Epic tale.

Aha! We are in the information age! There's now a Wikipedia article about Kokoro. It's not very detailed, but it gives you an idea of who he was.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kokoro_(musician)
Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by armadeo(m): 7:52pm On Jul 15, 2016
Yuneehk:
My favourite was "second chance".. I read that book so many times. Rich Mina Erein and poor Richard Pepple with their twin girls cheesy

I wonder where I read these books. I also read this one and loved it.

Others not mentioned so far

There's tgis book about two guys who rob thier parents and run to lagos. They become business men but one dies in an accident driving a trailer and the other goes blind when his windscreen shatters. Can't remember the name.

Usman terror of the north and the deadly game of Shanshi

This story about an orphan who's mother dies and is taken in by a trader selling statues. While thinking of how to raise money the trader says 30naira to a couple of whites and they but the statues making her rich.

Agbo the lucky boy whose parents were rich.

Pacesetters bloodbath at lobster close.

All 21 famous five novels
The secret seven

Gwendoline lacy Mary ( I have no idea what that book is about but I read it all)


wow those days sha

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by naptu2: 7:53pm On Jul 15, 2016
Ishilove:


Who is Kokoro?

Aha! We are in the information age! There's now a Wikipedia article about Kokoro. It's not very detailed, but it gives you an idea of who he was.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kokoro_(musician)
Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Ishilove: 7:58pm On Jul 15, 2016
naptu2:


You won't understand what I mean until you read that book. I skipped the first few pages when I read it the first time, but once I got started, I couldn't put it down. I almost died of laughter several times.

I've laid many potent curses on the head of the person that stole my copy of the book, but I shall get another one soon.
Lmao! My dear, I join you in cursing the fellow cheesy
Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Ishilove: 8:00pm On Jul 15, 2016
armadeo:


Also read this. Though I think an arrow aimed at a lizard killed emenike. He who climbed a palm tree and refused to come down till ihuoma was called.

Wakiri the wag and his knock knees.
Emenike is different from Ekueme. Ekwueme was Ihuoma's husband while Emenike was supposed to marry her. Agwoturumbe boasted he could appease the Sea King but he was outsmarted at the end

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Ishilove: 8:03pm On Jul 15, 2016
armadeo:


I wonder where I read these books. I also read this one and loved it.

Others not mentioned so far

There's tgis book about two guys who rob thier parents and run to lagos. They become business men but one dies in an accident driving a trailer and the other goes blind when his windscreen shatters. Can't remember the name.

Usman terror of the north and the deadly game of Shanshi

This story about an orphan who's mother dies and is taken in by a trader selling statues. While thinking of how to raise money the trader says 30naira to a couple of whites and they but the statues making her rich.

Agbo the lucky boy whose parents were rich.

Pacesetters bloodbath at lobster close.

All 21 famous five novels
The secret seven

Gwendoline lacy Mary ( I have no idea what that book is about but I read it all)


wow those days sha
I remember the tale of the ones who ran to Lagos. When they were dedicating the truck, people got drunk and fought themselves, and eventually had blood splattered on the truck. The two were warned that this was a bad omen.

The one of the orphan who was taken by the trader selling statues is a vague memory but I recall the beginning.
Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Nobody: 8:09pm On Jul 15, 2016
Who remembers "My father's car"? ...second hand motor, help me push am...

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by naptu2: 8:15pm On Jul 15, 2016
armadeo:


I wonder where I read these books. I also read this one and loved it.

Others not mentioned so far

There's tgis book about two guys who rob thier parents and run to lagos. They become business men but one dies in an accident driving a trailer and the other goes blind when his windscreen shatters. Can't remember the name.

Usman terror of the north and the deadly game of Shanshi

This story about an orphan who's mother dies and is taken in by a trader selling statues. While thinking of how to raise money the trader says 30naira to a couple of whites and they but the statues making her rich.

Agbo the lucky boy whose parents were rich.

Pacesetters bloodbath at lobster close.

All 21 famous five novels
The secret seven

Gwendoline lacy Mary ( I have no idea what that book is about but I read it all)


wow those days sha

Gwendoline Mary = Mallory Towers. I read those books more than 30 years ago, so I don't remember the names of the individual books, but I remember a bit of the plots. Do you remember when they had an American student at Mallory Towers? They also had a very snobbish girl in one of the books. I think her name was The Honourable Clarissa Carter (or something like that).

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Ishilove: 8:25pm On Jul 15, 2016
naptu2:


Gwendoline Mary = Mallory Towers. I read those books more than 30 years ago, so I don't remember the names of the individual books, but I remember a bit of the plots. Do you remember when they had an American student at Mallory Towers? They also had a very snobbish girl in one of the books. I think her name was The Honourable Clarissa Carter (or something like that).
Emmm, eskiz sir, how old are you? undecided
Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by naptu2: 8:28pm On Jul 15, 2016
Ishilove:

Emmm, eskiz sir, how old are you? undecided

3 years old.

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Ishilove: 8:32pm On Jul 15, 2016
armadeo:


This was burning grass. Read it in JSS 2. Didn't get the gist till later. Even now I call my wandering friends " sokugo".
Burning Grass!! I remember now cheesy

What happened to Nigerian literature?? sad
Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Ishilove: 8:33pm On Jul 15, 2016
naptu2:


53 years old.
Berra grin

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Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by PRESTIGERYHME(f): 8:33pm On Jul 15, 2016
AH CAN REMEMBER READIN SOME BUH ONLY WENT THRU ODAS

IT HAS BEEN A WHILE SHA
Re: Nairalanders, How Many Of You Remember These Timeless African Classics? by Ishilove: 8:36pm On Jul 15, 2016
naptu2:


It's a very crazy story about a delinquent boy called Akin and the absolutely crazy events that happened in his life.

You will read about the food riots that occurred in his school, his teenage female classmates that moonlight as prostitutes, the bathroom in the female hostel that can be seen from the building across the road, the time that he falsified his results, how he was either expelled from school or he dropped out (I can remember which) and how he stole a lot of money from accident victims and used that to start his company.

He therefore became the "Director" of the company and had lots of girlfriends and hosted lavish parties. He was also engaged in a lot of illegal activities (to keep the money flowing). Then you'll read about what happened to him in the end.
You're absolutely brilliant! Marry me cheesy cheesy

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