The Greatest Nigerian, Indian "Nonfiction" Books Since 1980

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  1. 1. Ake: The Years Of Childhood by Wole Soyinka

    "Ake: The Years of Childhood" is a memoir that chronicles the early years of a Nigerian boy growing up in the town of Ake. Set in the 1940s, the book vividly captures the author's experiences, from his close-knit family life to his encounters with colonialism and the struggle for independence. Through his insightful and lyrical prose, the author takes readers on a nostalgic journey filled with rich cultural traditions, humorous anecdotes, and poignant reflections on the complexities of childhood.

    The 2216th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Resources, Values And Development by Amartya Sen

    "Resources, Values, and Development" is a comprehensive examination of the interplay between the availability of resources, the values that guide their use, and the resulting impact on development. The book challenges traditional economic measures of development, such as GDP, and argues for a broader understanding that incorporates human welfare and freedom. It delves into the role of ethics in economics, the importance of individual capabilities, and the need for equity in the distribution of resources. The author's influential ideas on development economics and social choice theory are presented, advocating for a more humane and inclusive approach to economic development that prioritizes the enhancement of human lives over mere economic growth.

    The 4385th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Male Daughters, Female Husbands by Ifi Amadiume

    "Male Daughters, Female Husbands" is an anthropological exploration of gender roles and power dynamics within the Igbo society of Nigeria. The book challenges traditional Western notions of gender and sexuality, focusing on the concept of "female husbands" - women who assume the roles and responsibilities typically associated with men. Through extensive research and personal narratives, the author examines the historical and cultural context of these gender roles, shedding light on the complex intersections of gender, power, and identity in Igbo society.

    The 5117th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Development As Freedom by Amartya Sen

    The book in question is a seminal work in the field of economics and development studies, which argues that true development is best understood as the process of expanding the real freedoms that people enjoy. It challenges traditional indicators of growth, such as GDP, suggesting that they fail to capture the essence of human well-being. Instead, it posits that development should be assessed by the range of choices available to individuals, including access to education, healthcare, and the ability to participate in the economic and political life of society. The author emphasizes the interdependence of various types of freedoms, from political rights to economic opportunities, and the role they play in empowering people to live the lives they value.

    The 5542nd Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    The book explores the importance of feminism in today's society and argues that gender equality is not just a women's issue, but a concern for everyone. Drawing from personal experiences and anecdotes, the author highlights the various ways in which gender inequality manifests itself and offers insightful perspectives on how we can work towards a more inclusive and equitable world for all.

    The 6428th Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. A Month And A Day by Ken Saro-Wiwa

    "A Month and a Day" is a poignant memoir that recounts the personal and political struggles of an environmental and human rights activist in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. The author details his non-violent fight against the ecological destruction and economic exploitation wrought by multinational oil companies and the Nigerian government. His narrative provides an intimate glimpse into his dedicated activism, the resulting political imprisonment, and the broader socio-political issues facing his community. Through his eyes, readers gain insight into the complex interplay between environmental degradation, ethnic and economic tensions, and the relentless pursuit of justice and sustainability.

    The 7843rd Greatest Book of All Time
  7. 7. The Edge Of Physics by Anil Ananthaswamy

    "The Edge of Physics" is a captivating exploration into the most extreme and remote scientific observatories around the world, where physicists are pushing the boundaries of our understanding of the universe. The book delves into the challenges and adventures faced by scientists as they work in inhospitable and often dangerous environments—from deep underground mines to high mountaintops and the icy expanses of Antarctica—to conduct experiments that probe the mysteries of dark matter, cosmic rays, and the origins of the universe itself. Through vivid storytelling, the book not only sheds light on cutting-edge scientific research but also reflects on the profound human curiosity and relentless pursuit of knowledge that drive these extraordinary endeavors.

    The 9545th Greatest Book of All Time
  8. 8. Delhi by Khushwant Singh

    "Delhi" by Khushwant Singh is a captivating exploration of the city's rich history, culture, and people. Through vivid anecdotes and personal experiences, the author paints a vivid picture of Delhi's transformation from ancient times to the present day. From the Mughal era to British rule, and the struggles of Partition, Singh delves into the city's tumultuous past while highlighting its enduring charm. With a blend of wit and nostalgia, this book offers readers a delightful journey through the vibrant streets, monuments, and diverse communities that make up the heart of Delhi.

    The 9586th Greatest Book of All Time

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