As I am particularly interested in the African culture and multicultural dialogue, I had the honor to read two of this African author books, Nigerian folktales and other stories – 1st volume and one of the pocket books, The city that disappeared.
Personally I was impressed, first, by the way the writer puts down such wonderful happenings, not only that the traditional Nigerian stories are basically so catchy, but the personal way in which the stories are enriched by the author’s special way of writing. Both adults and children are committed to his writings once they get a book into their hands, and the same happened to me and to some children I personally read to from it, among them, my little brother.
Secondly, the fascination for letters comes from the wisdom of his Nigerian culture which actually reminds us that each nation has its own folktales that represent the germ of any wise proverb you can think of; it is a universal language. But having his books in your library it’s like a knowledge just achieved and not by the common theorization, but by developing your own imaginary world from which you can learn what life represents. Not to mention the characters who are so well defined, funny but wise at the same time.
The second book I could carefully read was The city that disappeared. I was even more excited of this one, as I personally stand for the social activism that I consider to be part of our obligations and rights as citizens. Therefore, the book points out a delicate social topic: the environmental issue. I truly believe that this tremendous little book is like the Bible of the environment, a manual for all ages in showing how to preserve nature, how to remain in good and balanced relationship with it. The story shows that the ultimate disaster could happen if we don’t think twice before acting against the environment.
Is not a common thing that this book is a pocket book; it really invites you to take in the simpler way path to wisdom by raising awareness about what is happening around you. I would perfectly use it in the context of any teacher’s manual in the classroom. Such example is definitely worth spread around, is definitely worth talking about in our educational system!
I recommend the fabulous Nigerian books that are an example of great talent, tradition based, wisdom, lots of knowledge and social awareness!
Congratulations to the author and best of luck!
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(©Ana-Lucretia Nedelcu/LiterAnART 2016)