Helon Habila recommends three Nigerian fiction books

By | August 8, 2010

Helon Habila is a Nigerian novelist and poet. His first novel Waiting for an Angel won the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Best First Book, Africa Region) in 2003.

His three choices for Nigeria are;

1. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

2. The Man Died by Wole Soyinka

3. The Famished Road by Ben Okri

From the BBC Worldservice (with audio). Why can’t one embed BBC media anymore?

I can’t quarell with the list and his reasons for choosing them. I remember the pleasures of reading the first two on the list, and the struggles of reading the third.

Habila himself is one of the better contemporary Nigerian writers. See this review of his new book, Oil on Water.

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