An essay from the collection, Of This Our Country
Defining Nigeria bold, a half-truth. Several have tried, but most came to the conclusion that it is really difficult to capture the true scope and consideration of the most populous nation in Africa through expressions or images.
Yet here, through personal essays from 24 of its writers, a more accurate picture comes into view, and in her essay, Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ recalls memories of her time in the National Youth Service and her growing understanding of her Nigerian identity through the words of the national anthem.
Powerful, lyrical and entirely unforgettable, the essays from OF THIS OUR COUNTRY weave together a living portrait of Nigeria, one that is as beautiful as it is complex.
Jendella Benson, author of Hope and Glory :
The read I never thought I needed … Moving, funny at times, insightful and so relatable. It's a necessary read.
As eclectic and diverse as the country itself, and you can go from laughing to wanting to weep in a matter of moments as you’re taken through the ups and downs of a nation.