Happy International Women’s Day! In the spirit of celebrating women, here are 5 books every Nigerian woman should read. Each book is packed with tools needed to overcome gender discrimination in today’s world, as well as pointers for building one’s self and eventually becoming your own boss.
- FAILED WOMAN by Tealson Taylor
A tale of four women desperately in search of love, peace of mind and stability. Ola, the least wealthy of the bunch, had always thought herself to be the failed woman of the group, until discovers that everyone has their fair share of misfortune.
On the surface all will seem well until the charade they call friendship is tested, and things begin to unravel, leaving them all plagued with more doubts than achievements. Each woman will arrive at a crossroad where she must decide whether to throw in the towel or step up to the plate. Read here
- DEAR IJEAWELE by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
This feminist manifesto by one of Nigeria’s greatest writers has been considered the 21st century female bible. It was birthed from a letter Chimamanda received from a childhood friend, a new mother who wanted to know how to raise her daughter to be a feminist.This book strives to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. Filled with compassionate guidance and advice, it gets right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century, and starts a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman in today’s world. Get it here
- WOMEN WE KNOW by Isaac Newton Akah
This book tells the tales of six women, each trying to boss the daily, but unique challenges life throws at her. This book discusses theme ranging from love and relationships to issues of abuses and sexual assaults, domestic violence, prostitution and sacrifices women make. Each theme was carefully chosen to highlight issues the society fails to address, and to encourage women who find themselves in any of the situations addressed. Read here
- THE NIGERIAN WOMAN by Toyin Olowoporoku
Women are being robbed of love, happiness, attention, passion and their personal identity, yet this injustice is persistently overlooked by the Nigerian community. This book explores the sources of a woman’s struggle, using marriage as a direct starting point.It also serves as a motivation aimed at re-assuring the Nigerian woman that she is a Queen amongst women. Read here
The true story of a young woman’s pursuit of wealth, taking her on a journey of career validation, personal identity, marital conflict, adultery and spiritual enlightenment, and leading her to the discovery of true wealth and purpose. This autobiographical book is packed with wealth and life-coaching tips to help every woman live the Richer life: a truly well-rounded life that is successful, without the need to compromise on personal relationships in order to gain financial success. Read here