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Novels

The Life Changer

Khadija Abubakar Jalli’s "The life changer" explores several narratives of life on campus. The text uses the voice of Ummi to narrate various campus challenges. The narration follows the adventures of Salma and her roommates in the university as they journey through social and academic upheaval.

The life changer explicitly cuts across the changes that follow a person’s life in the university. The university is known to be a mystery to people who have never experienced it. This text shows the need for parental guidance and counselling in a new world where freedom is tied to many complexities such as temptation, lies, distrust, betrayal, bad association, crime, bribery and corruption, abuse of social media etc.

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The Lion and the Jewel

The Lion and the Jewel by Wole Soyinka is a play, first published in 1963. The play revolves around Baroka, the lion, who fights with the modern Lakunle over the right to marry Sidi, the Jewel. The play is a reflection of the difference between traditional African values and European values, male chauvinism, marriage, love, deceit, etc.

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Look Back in Anger

Look Back in Anger is a non-African play written by John Osborne written in the year 1956. It centres around the life and marital struggles of an intelligent and educated but disaffected working-class young man, Jimmy Porter, and his equally competent yet dispassionate upper-middle-class wife Alison. Jimmy Porter expresses scorn and disaffection with the established sociopolitical order of their country. The play typically features a rootless, lower-middle or working-class male protagonist, Jimmy, who views society with scorn and disaffection because of the established sociopolitical order of their country.

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Second Class Citizen

Second Class Citizen is a 1974 novel by Nigerian writer Buchi Emecheta. This is a story of a resourceful Nigerian woman who overcomes harsh tribal domination of women and countless setbacks to achieve an independent life for herself and her children. The novel focuses on the quests for equal treatment, self-confidence, and dignity as a woman.

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Unexpected Joy at Dawn

The novel is written by Alex Agyei Agyiri. The novel is a reflection of the political and economic history of Ghana. It is a story of two siblings, Nii and Mama Orojo, during the 1983 deportation of Ghanaians from Nigeria under the Shehu Shagari government. Unexpected Joy at Dawn centres around migration, identities, and lives threatened by distrustful and xenophobic politics.

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Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights is a novel by Emily Bronte, written in the year 1847. It concerns two families of the landed gentry living on the West Yorkshire moors, the Earnshaws and the Lintons, and their turbulent relationships with Earnshaw's foster son, Heathcliff. It focuses on love and revenge that revolves around the inhabitants of a desolate farmhouse called Wuthering Heights.

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Sweet Sixteen

The book "Sweet Sixteen" explores a unique father-daughter relationship between a 16-year-old girl and her father. The book narrates how Mr. Bello guides his daughter (Aliya) from childhood through adolescence, then puberty and also prepares her for adulthood.

The book borders on so many aspects of the life of a young adult. These include sex education, dating, stereotype, social skills, making right decisions and self esteem.

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The Wives' Revolt

The play is written by JP Clark. The Wives' Revolt tells the story of a Niger Delta community that received a payout from an oil firm drilling in its land. The money is to be shared in three ways among the elders, men, and women, with the community elders getting the lion’s share. The money eventually stokes the flame of revolution in the town. The play addresses issues with marginalization, discrimination, inequality, greed, etc.

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Animal farm

Animal Farm is a satirical allegorical novella written by George Orwell, first published in the year 1945. It tells the story of a group of farm animals who rebel against their human farmer, hoping to create a society where the animals can be equal, free, and happy. the novel is a political fable based on the events of Russia’s Bolshevik revolution and the betrayal.

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Witnesses to Tears

Witnesses to tears is a novel written by Abubakar Gimba. The novel tackles issues revolving around morality and uprightness in human society. The novel addresses the fact that bad friends corrupt good manners, contentment is key, one act of evil is often the gateway to many others, no society thrives where there is an instituted system of bribery and corruption, and for every evil act there surely will come a day of reckoning. Abubakar Gimba sees the art of writing and telling stories as a way of educating young minds, correcting the moral ills in society, and helping to create a conscientious generation of young people who would retain and pass on the good qualities and values of humanity.

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Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night is a romantic comedy by William Shakespeare. The play centres on the twins, Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. Viola (who is disguised as Cesario) falls in love with the Duke Orsino, who in turn is in love with Countess Olivia. Upon meeting Viola, Countess Olivia falls in love with her thinking she is a man. the play addresses love, appearance and reality, and ambition.

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Morountodun

Morountodun is a play written by Femi Osofisan which reflects the 1965 Agbekoya uprising when poor peasants revolted against the oppressive government. The playwright through flashbacks brought past events into the present to bear on the subject matter which is the evaluation of the contribution of women in nation-building and peacekeeping. The novel is based on the ancient myth of Moremi, the Ife queen who infiltrated the enemy camp to ensure her people's triumph.

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Native Son

Native Son is a novel written by the American author Richard Wright. It tells the story of 20-year-old Bigger Thomas, a black youth living in utter poverty in a poor area on Chicago's South Side in the 1930s. The novel addresses the issue of white American society’s responsibility for the repression of blacks. It centres around Racial discrimination; conflict; exploitation, etc.

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Faceless

Faceless is written by Amma Darko. Faceless reviews the pathetic and gripping story of children plunged into the streets by poverty and parental neglect. Amma Darko in details presents mind-boggling sociological issues of child neglect, child abuse, defilement of girls, gender, child trafficking, child labour, absent fathers, reproductive health risks, violence, and failed governance through the grim experiences of street children.

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Lonely Days

Lonely Days by Bayo Adebowale Lonely Days relates the agonies of widowhood; it shows the effects of unjust widowhood rites and rituals on women. Yaremi, Fayoyin, Radeke, and Dedewe all suffer maltreatment and deprivations because they are widows. The loss of a loved one is demoralizing on its own, adding unwarranted punishments to it is simply unreasonable. Widows suffer discrimination and marginalization.

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