Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. New York, Anchor, 1994.
Chinua Achebe is one of Nigeria's greatest living writers. In this book, first
published in 1958 and now considered a modern classic, he tells of Christian
missionaries among the Ibo people and the clash of cultures that has long
Ohaeto, Ezenwa. Chinua Achebe: A Biography. Bloomington, Indiana University
A biography by a former student of Achebe's that sets the life of Achebe against the
context of modern Nigeria. Achebe has struggled to uphold human rights in his country,
and this has brought him into conflict with the government.
Okere, Theophilus. Identity and Change. Washington D.C., The Council for Research in
Values and Philosophy, 1996.
This book provides a description of Nigerian culture that emphasizes the unity of the
ancient and the modern.
Okri, Ben. The Famished Road. New York, Anchor, 1993.
This novel, which won the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1991, is by a Nigerian-born writer
and tells of life in a ghetto on the eve of independence from Britain.
Rupert, Janet E. The African Mask. New York, Clarion Books, 1994.
A book for young adults that tells the story of a 12-year-old Yoruba girl in the 11th