Author and speechwriter for the Vice President of Nigeria, Ore Ogunbiyi, thinks everyone should read Emmanuel C. Eze’s Race and the Enlightenment: A Reader before leaving university.
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What books or kinds of books did you read growing up?
As a child, I binged on Jacqueline Wilson and graduated to Cathy Cassidy. Cute, girly trash. I don’t think I read much else until I was about 11 when my mum decided I had to read something more ‘serious’ and bought me To Kill A Mockingbird—which I didn’t fully understand until I re-read it much later. The following year, I read my first Chimamanda book, The Thing Around Your Neck, and then quickly read Purple Hibiscus (potentially my favourite book ever), and then Half of a Yellow Sun right afterwards. I think this was where my partiality towards fiction written by black female authors began and I can’t say much has changed since.
If you could rewrite a classic book/text, which would
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