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Chibundu Onuzo: what I read growing up in Lagos

The author of The Spider King’s Daughter tells us how she grew up reading European classics in Nigeria, consuming her African literature orally until discovering Chinua Achebe when she was 14 years old Growing up in Lagos, the closest library to my house was an hour’s drive away. It was a private library, moderately well stocked and tidily catalogued but you could only borrow one book at a time. If you have to drive an hour each time you want to borrow a book, you’re going to borrow the biggest…

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