While you travel for vacation or just chill in the city during the summer, it is good to carry along one or more books with you.

This will encourage you to learn in the most relaxed mood and still have some fun.

Here are a few of old and contemporary books you can add to your luggage while heading out.


Stay With Me - Ayobami Adebayo

Set in the '80s, this book tells a fictional story about the challenges of motherhood and marriage.

Many of which are still prevalent in contemporary times.

In the book, Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at the university.

Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide have always agreed that polygamy is not for them.

But was the agreement able to stand the test of time?

The book was originally published in 2017 with the author getting a nomination for the prestigious Bailey Women's Prize for Fiction.


Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe

In case you have not read it, or you did long time ago, this is a book you should have in your bag this summer.

One of the most widely read books in modern African Literature, it deals heavily with the effect of colonialism on Africa.

Published in 1958, the book follows the life and times of Okonkwo, an Igbo leader and local wrestling champion in the fictional Nigerian village of Umuofia.

It also chronicles the effects of British colonialism and Christian missionaries on the Igbo community.

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Under The Udala Trees - Chinelo Okparanta

If you've ever wanted to know how love conquers all, read this book.

The social struggle that came with the desire for change during the time the book was set still matches society's current climate.

Published in 2015, the book tells a story of Ijeoma, a young Nigerian girl displaced during their civil war, who began a powerful love affair with another refugee girl from a different ethnic community.

When the pair are discovered, she must learn the cost of living a lie amidst taboos and prejudices.

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The book definitely inspires discussion on the impact of social change, religion and its changing role in society.


Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Half of a Yellow Sun recreates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra’s impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria, and the chilling violence that followed.

Published in 2006, Half of A Yellow Sun garnered numerous accolades and was awarded the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2007.

The novel takes place in Nigeria prior to and during the Nigerian Civil War (1967–70).

The effect of the war is shown through the dynamic relationships of five people’s lives including twin daughters of an influential businessman, a professor, a British citizen, and a houseboy.

After Biafra's declaration of secession, the lives of the main characters drastically changed and were torn apart by the brutality of the civil war and decisions in their personal lives.

The book jumps between events that took place during the early and late 1960s, when the war took place, and extends until the end of the war.


The Secret Lives Of Baba Segi's Wives - Lola Shoneyin

This could quite easily be the best book out of Nigeria, as the author touches on several social issues in one fell swoop and doesn't drop the ball from polygamy to rape to sexuality.

To the dismay of her ambitious mother, Bolanle marries into a polygamous family, where she is the fourth wife of a rich, rotund patriarch, Baba Segi.

She is a graduate and therefore a great prize, but even graduates must produce children and her husband's persistent bellyache is a sign that things are not as they should be.

Bolanle is too educated for the 'white garment conmen' Baba Segi would usually go to for fertility advice, so he takes her to hospital to discover the cause of her barrenness.

Published in 2010, the book is hilarious in its delivery and doesn't lose its message – definitely a book worth reading several times over.


Lagos Life London Living - Bobo Omotayo

This hilarious book is a collection of stories that document the writer's experiences living in London and Lagos – two contrasting but cosmopolitan cities.

It comes complete with a glossary providing definitions of slang and other colloquial sayings, specific to both London and Lagos, and will definitely entertain you the whole way through.

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