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‘The Lesson is in Design’ Merlin Uwalaka’s First Draft

Essayist and author of ‘From Glamour Girls to Nolly Babes: Nollywood Nostalgia and the Modern Nigerian Woman’, Merlin Uwalaka, finds it ‘ridiculous that there are Nigerians who are proud to say that they do not watch Nigerian movies.’ Our questions are italicized. What books or kinds of books did you read growing up? Growing up Jehovah’s Witness, my favourite books were Bible-based publications with phenomenal stories from far-flung corners of the world. Stories of people chosen and loved by God; prophecies of worlds to come; stories of lives and cultures of people; stories of friends and family learning the importance of love. Having access to diverse stories made me conscious of the world in ways that I wouldn’t have otherwise, especially spiritually. I loved the enlightenment that came with connecting with something bigger than myself. My favourite publication growing up as Awake! Magazine. I particularly enjoyed the feature section titled ‘Wa

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