A Stitch on a Little Flag – A Poem by Frank Onuoha

Weeks ago,

I bought a cute little flag

From a kind little lady

Deep bright greens adorned its two sides

In the middle was white

As pure-snow as the untamed furs of a ram

But it was torn at the edge

And flew in the wind like a dried leaf

In the Sahara desert of the north 

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Looking for a good book to read? Every week, ZODML spotlights three great books from our extensive collection to inspire readers to try out books they might not have previously heard of. The selections fall under three major categories – fiction, non-fiction and children and young adult literature – so there’s a book to suit every taste. All of the books are available to borrow for free at our Community Library on Awolowo Road, Ikoyi. Be sure to check out our archives to see which books have been selected in the past. 

Fiction: Arrows of Rain by Okey Ndibe

A young woman runs into the sea and drowns. The last man who spoke to her, the curious individual known as Bukuru, is asked to account for the suicide. His shocking revelations land him in court. Alone and undefended, Bukuru has to calculate the cost of silence in the face of stories which must be told.

Both humorous and poignant, Arrows of Rain dramatises the relationship between an individual and the modern African state.

Non-fiction: A Way of Being Free by Ben Okri

In this inspirational volume, the Booker Prize-winning author of The Famished Road makes essays into an art form. The ten pieces in this beautifully crafted collection range from the personal to the analytical, and includes a meditation on the role of the poet, a study of Picasso’s Minotaur, an ode to human freedom in honour of Salman Rushdie, and an appraisal of fellow Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe.

Children and Young Adults: Femi and His Dog – Olajire Olanlokun

Femi wants a dog for his birthday; his sister Nife wants a bike for hers. Baro, Femi’s new dog, helps get Femi get his sister her birthday wish.

Find more great books in the ZODML Book Catalogue. What are you reading this week?

If you’re in Lagos, stop by our Community Library on Awolowo Road in Ikoyi to borrow one of these great Books of the Week:

A father takes his sons on an outing to witness a death by firing squad; a young girl blinded in a household accident starts seeing things others cannot; a Nigerian deported from America tries every trick in the book to get himself back to the US; American oil workers hanging out at in a Port Harcourt bar become the targets of kidnappers and more – this book by the winner of the 2009 Caine Prize is a collection of captivating tales about Nigeria and America, and the frayed bonds that connect the two countries.

This book is the result of in-depth research into the Igbo worldview of the ogbanje phenomenon famously addressed through the character of Ezinma in the book Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.

Awarded the John Newbery Medal as “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children” in the year of its publication, Adam of the Road tells of the adventures eleven-year-old Adam has as he travels across thirteenth-century England searching for his missing father, a minstrel, and his stolen red spaniel, Nick.

Have you read any of these titles before?

I am involved in the Book Corner Project, where we take a bookshelf to the secondary schools within our vicinity. Seeing some of the books I read while in secondary school, I would just love to read them all over again but aside from that, I am happy to be among the team that makes quality books accessible to secondary school students.
—  A National Youth Corps member serving at ZODML.

Looking for a good book to read? Every week, ZODML spotlights three great books from our extensive collection to inspire readers to try out books they might not have previously heard of. The selections fall under three major categories – fiction, non-fiction and children and young adult literature – so there’s a book to suit every taste. All of the books are available to borrow for free at our Community Library on Awolowo Road, Ikoyi. Be sure to check out our archives to see which books have been selected in the past. 

Fiction: The Grandfather’s Mandate by Dele A Sonubi

The Grandfather’s Mandate is the story of a grandfather who bequeathed his title and socio-political ideology to one of his grandchildren, who transforms into a man bold and courageous enough to step into his grandfather’s huge and seemingly matchless footprints.

Set within the Yoruba cultural civilisation of the south-western part of Nigeria, The Grandfather’s Mandate is a trilogy, which begins with the end of the grandfather’s era and the transfer of authority to the grandchild.

Non-Fiction: Take Time! by Abiodun Olusoji

Time is the seed of every desired harvest in life. And whatever you do with time today will determine your placement in life tomorrow. The chief aim of this book is to enhance your proactiveness and efficiency with the use of time, so that you can achieve more in life with the time you have while on earth.

This book is inspired to change your life, revolutionise your time perspectives, and help you access your desired outcomes in every area of life.

Children and Young Adults: The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born by Ayi Kwei Armah
This novel is a treatment of the theme of corruption wrought by poverty. It is the story of an upright man resisting the temptations of easy bribes and easy satisfactions and winning for his honesty nothing but scorn even from those he loves.

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