Political theorist and author of ‘Are Nigerians Black Enough to Talk about Race?’, Ẹniọlá Ànúolúwapọ́ Ṣóyẹmí’s writing ‘almost always starts from a place of unreasonable obsessiveness.’
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What books or kinds of books did you read growing up?
My memories of the kinds of books that I read in early childhood are somewhat vague. I do remember a lot of Enid Blyton—Famous Five and Secret Seven, mostly. I also remember reading the encyclopedia and the dictionary quite a lot. I am not quite sure what this says about me but I remember, probably like most other children, very frequently wanting to know what things were or what specific words meant. I also remember a fair amount of comic books, though I could not tell you which ones in particular.
What I definitely do not remember of growing up is a lot of children’s books about Nigerian or African children written by Nigerian or African authors and illustrators. Consi
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