The Trouble with Nigeria is the work of one of the world’s most gifted writers, Chinua Achebe. A short yet potent piece of literature that encapsulates the woes bedeviling Nigeria in the 1980s (and today).

That the issues he raised then remain germane to Nigeria’s situation today only work to ennoble his literary immortality.

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Poetry and love. Islam and Christianity. A Sufi and a dervish. Elif Shafak. Magic!

Elif weaves a beautifully engaging story on the life of Rumi. This story traverses centuries, religions and geographical boundaries. She seamlessly marries 12th century vignettes with 20th century realities to give a thrilling account of one of the most famous poets.

As she is wont to, she explores and juxtaposes themes of love, gender, literature and religion. In her inimitable penmanship, she dissects these subjects to the core. She carries her reader through a fast-paced world of ever-changing dynamics.

All the while, regaling them with her unparalleled descriptive skills, literary prowess and impossible-to-hate story telling.

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Relationships can be the most comforting of spaces. Conversely, they can also be the most chaotic. We all feel and want love yet again at times love seems so… Hard?

Dr. Tatkin demystifies the psychology behind the chemistry of relationships. He draws lessons from the multitude of clients he has dealt with over the years and his own experience with his divorce and new marriage, to give it that all important personal touch.

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WTO’s incumbent Director General delivers an eye-opening retrospection of her time as Nigeria’s Finance Minister. She zeroes in on her experience in fighting corruption in Africa’s most populous country. 

Ngozi walks the reader through one of the most eventful periods of her life. From nasty headlines, butting heads with powerful forces, designing policy to the traumatic moments of her mother’s kidnapping. 

As she is wont to she offers practical recommendations to aid in the fight against corruption.

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Julia Gillard delivers a powerful recollection of her time at the helm of Australian politics.  Aptly titled My Story, she chronicles in fine detail key events during her tenure. She gives the reader a front row seat to the high octane, high stakes, world of politics.

Australia’s first female Prime Minister takes on governance, diplomacy, the global financial crisis, environment, gender and everything in between.

She draws lessons from her moments lobbying legislators in Parliament, overseeing rescue missions, reaching out to stakeholders and honouring her oath of office. 

It’s a bare-knuckle, reflective and enlightening recollection. 

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David Epstein draws from an eclectic pool of intellectual resources to bring the wisdom enshrined herein. He interviews athletes, artists, grandmasters, veterans, doctors and everyone in between.

He eruditely makes a case for a generalist in lieu of a specialist approach. He constantly draws from that rich eclectic pool to change the reader’s attitude and mindset.

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Have you ever lost someone you loved dearly? Have you ever felt the weight of grief on your shoulders? The drain in energy resulting from mourning?

That’s what Chimamanda captures in this short but powerful piece of art. She lost her dad to kidney complications and it weighed heavily on her.

Herein, she captures those somber, private and uniquely personal moments. The ebb and tide of healing and coming to terms with the reality of death.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a testament of the timelessness of Stephen Covey’s writing. Decades after it was written, its wisdom and insight remain just as potent!

Covey examines the essential attributes that make human beings excel in what they do. The universality of the principles shared herein further ennoble his place as a reliable authority on this subject.

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Ama Ata Aidoo proves was ahead of her milieu when she penned Our Sister Killjoy.

Sissie, a young brilliant Ghanaian lady gets an academic scholarship to go to Germany. There, she encounters a whole new world, with a new of life.

Through Sissie, Prof. Aidoo tackles salient issues of our time, as is quintessential of her.

Like the seasoned author she is, she combines poetry and prose in a beautiful, congenial and artistic way.

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Gerad Loughran eruditely revisits Kenya’s history in this eye-opening book. Having served over twelve years at the Nation newspaper in Nairobi, Gerad has seen it all.

From pre-independence fever, Kenya’s inaugural government, dictatorship, post-election violence, and everything in between.

He captures the salient moments in a way only a seasoned journalist could. He tracks the journey of the Nation newspaper. From its humble beginnings to the massive, multi-billion enterprise it now is.

Gerad opens the lid on the intricacies of establishing an independent press. He talks of the delicate balance of complying with government on one hand while maintaining an autonomous, reliable and truthful voice.

It’s educating, entertaining and insightful.

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