One of the best books I have read in a long time – and I’m offering it to one lucky person in a lottery draw!
Written in 1958, it tells the story of a man called Okonkwo, who lived in what is now known as Nigeria. Apart from being a fascinating account of how the Ibo people lived, it is not so much about the man or his family, as about the way the first missionaries and other colonials imposed their views on Africa, and written entirely from an African point of view. At the same time it didn’t try to idealise life in Africa at that time: the brutality resulting from some of their beliefs isn’t hidden.
It’s a short book at 176 pages and I found it easy to read. You can see some Amazon reviews here.
It was BAFAB week last week (Buy a Friend a Book), so, all right I’m a little late but does it really matter? If you are interested in reading it (and are OK with emailing me your address) just leave a comment below. If more than one person comments, I'll pick names out of a hat. I'm happy to post it to you wherever you live. Closing date a week from now.