World Book Day Recommendations: “Five Books I Love” — Femi Morgan
For World Book Day, 2021 and #365DaysOfBookOclock, we asked Nigerian writer, Femi Morgan to share with us five books that have either shaped his writing or he generally loves.
Femi Morgan is a writer, editor and creative entrepreneur. He is the author of Renegade and five other books. His works have been featured online and elsewhere. Renegade was shortlisted for the 2019 Pius Adesanmi Memorial Prize. He lives on the edge of Lagos.
1. You Must Set Forth at Dawn by Wole Soyinka
I have always loved Ake;My Years of Childhood but YMSFAD springs me back into a journey from personal to national and to global, from a mere swaddling to a World Genius. It is a book that gave me hope in my worst days and burnt my hair and my rug while I was glued at it.
2. The Sahara Testaments by Tade Ipadeola
Personally, The Sahara Testaments came to improve the palate of poetry readers and frustrate 'poor' and badly conceived poetry in Africa.
3. The Wives Revolt by JP Clark
I cannot forget The Wives Revolt. I cannot forget the conversations that we had way back in secondary school and how our teacher made us debate the themes. Something sparked the writer in me further.
4. The Famished Road by Ben Okri
In my own estimation, Ben Okri is perhaps the only Nigerian Writer that inches closer and closer to the Nobel Prize if it ever comes home (I may be wrong).
Ben Okri’s Famished Road is multidemensional, inspirational in its multimodalities, surrealist in the African Sense, Science Fiction before the craze, and Poetic in a very dazzling ambitiousness.
5. Renegade by Femi Morgan
I am grateful for my creative journey, I thank myself, I brace up for more stories, more lines, more grace. Renegade has encouraged me to test new frontiers in creative writing. I never thought it would get this international reception.
Book O’Clock WBD Recommendations is a series of book recommendations made by African contemporary writers for World Book Day, 2021 and Book O’Clock’s anniversary.