Nigerian Bookstagram Accounts You Have Been Sleeping On…

Hello, beautiful people!

It’s no secret that bibliophiles are often creative, artistic, and innovative people: after all, they’ve learned the power of building new, beautiful worlds in every book they’ve read.

That’s why Bookstagram, a community within Instagram designed entirely for bookworms like you and you, is the perfect platform to share bookish wisdom and whimsy in creative ways.

I did a post about #Bookstagram last year, you should definitely check it out. What makes Nigerian Bookstagram so special though? The fact that they are Nigerians. That’s it.

It’s like a showcase of diversity. There are the YA lovers, Contemporary, Fantasy, Crime and most importantly pushing Nigerian Fiction out to the world. And it’s a duty they take seriously!

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We talk about the need for diversity and representation books, blogs, and internet magazines. Social media has made so much of this shift possible. Trying to populate my internet life with reviewers, recommenders, and authors of colour has helped me understand the need for these changes and diversify my own reading.

But more change, more diversity, and more gatekeepers are definitely needed. So, I want to specifically suggest you follow these beautiful bookstagram accounts run by Nigerians.



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Hey darling, waited for you a long time 😘

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I A M M U Z L A M I C➰: . . Yo! Happy #socksunday y’all (even though I don’t actually wear socks on Sundays but you get the drill 🤪) Anyway, I finished Don’t Panic I’m Islamic yesterday. I made sure I didn’t postpone it again when I realized June is almost over 😱. . . Don’t panic I’m Islamic is a collection of essays, arts, comics and short stories written by 34 different authors. This collection was published in response to the increased islamophobic atmosphere brought on Trump’s #Muslimban decision. Lynn Gaspard wrote in the afterword, “….it offers space to the contributors’ individual expressions, many of which are not usually heard in the mainstream.” And she was very correct. . . The collection is unlike anything I’ve read. The contributors that wrote essays and short stories were very diverse, uncommon, satirical and sometimes even abstract. The same goes for some of the arts. A few were direct in their meanings but majority had tons of hidden meaning. This is a collection I’ll definitely be rereading and it’s a 4 Star for me. . . My favorite artwork is There Are People: Cairo 2012 by Bahia Shebab and I really enjoyed Alex Wheatle’s Shade-ism, Leila Aboulela’s Majed and Moris Farhi’s Of Dolphin Children and Leviathans. You should consider picking this book up plus it’s a very light read with just 168 pages 👌🏾 Shoot! I forgot to mention that the kind people at @saqibooks sent me a copy of this book for an honest review 🤗🤗 . . Have you read this book? What are you reading? __________________ #QOTD: “Actually, I love minorities. They’re wiser because they are always discriminated as ‘others’.” ______________ Moris Farhi, Of Dolphin Children and Leviathans

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The Women's Auxlliary Territorial Service was formally established in 1938 as Britain faced the threat of war with Germany but it really began in the middle of the First World War. This book tells stories of those remarkable women who carried out duties, long thought to be beyond their feminine capabilities. The roles were non-combatant. Many women after loosing fathers or husbands or brothers took over the ATS so that more men could be released from there to actual front-line duties. They first worked as cooks and store keepers etc but by the Second WW, many of them were billeted to France and their duties became that of ammunition inspectors, radar operators, supply truck drivers, crew members for the anti -aircraft gunners. Infact, they were among the last to be evacuated from Dunkirk. *Google is your friend if you want info on Dunkirk* The ATS was restructured many times but significantly in 1949 after it was realised that the service of women during the Second World War had been vital. However, many men who survived the war upon returning wanted their jobs back. But by then, as we say in Nigeria, women ti take over. Women still get criticised in this day and age for taking on roles outside the home so you can imagine that in those days, they had it worse. But no mind, these women killed it. If I'm not mistaken, on the cover is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who I know joined the ATS when she turned 18 and took trainings as a driver. To the right of the cover is a group of women probably changing the spark plugs of that truck about to take supplies to the war front.🤔 The early part of the book talks about their recruitment, basic training and training kit. It describes their underwear and khaki  knickers as passion killers. Wish I could post a photo of their undergarments back in the day. Real passion killers I must say. P.S – Girls is Khaki is a library borrowed book due tomorrow. I didn't read it cover to cover. Just the bit of information I wanted. #bookstagram #womenshistorymonth #womenauthors #weshouldallbefeminists #femmemarchGA18 #history #ww2 #bookish #womenoftheworld #feminism #dunkirk #nonfiction #memoir #research #bookphotography

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The Woman At 1000 Degrees || Hallgrímur Helgason 🌝🌝🌝🌝🌚 Very rarely do I enjoy a man writing about women's experiences (especially those involving rape), but Helgason does quite a formidable job. When @kenyanbibliophile recommended this book, she said Herra(the main protagonist) reminded her of me and by God I hope I truly LIVE and embrace life as much as Herra did. • • First of all, Herra is blunt and brunt. And that's something women rarely get to be, even in literature. And, something I don't see as often is women living to their greatest potential.  Herra did so much–and was forced to do so much–so it's completely understandable why she takes upon such a harsh tone through Helgason's writing.  She falls in love multiple times, gets pregnant multiple times, is forced to flee multiple times–all while being accompanied by her father's hand grenade. • • There's also some great passages about being a woman within this book that I so wish I had underlined.  Like I said before, I was a little wary about this being written by a man, but wow.  I think he understands how much and how often women sacrifice themselves in order to appease men (whether on a personal level or a political, global level). • • Overall, this book was so incredibly enjoyable and interesting that I had a hard time putting it down.  I definitely recommend this to those who like fiction, biographies, and WWII literature.

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And don’t forget to get creative with your own Bookstagram! There are tons of ways to make a splash with your Bookstagram account. You can opt for simply posting swoon-worthy shots of your bookshelves (A.K.A. literary eye-candy) or you can get involved with reading challenges. I have an active challenge going on right now if you want to get a headstart!

Don’t be afraid to reach out to authors and other Bookstagrammers: comment on their posts, ask questions, invite conversation. It often helps to pick a theme for your content and stick to it. Or not. Because I absolutely don’t have a theme, lol. Except you consider random chaos your thing.

The most beautiful part about Bookstagram is the sense of unity it fosters. An entire community of bibliophiles desperate to share their favourite reads with the world, Bookstagram allows an avenue for connection and comfort with like-minded bookworms all around the world.

Don’t know what to read next? Need a bibliobuddy to fangirl with? Just head to Instagram and start swooning over words with bloggers who just might become your new best friends. This might be a nice place to start, follow the page below.



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