Funmi Iyanda has become a name to reckon with in the Nigerian media; some love her, while others simply hate her guts. But no one can easily forget Good Morning Nigeria and New Dawn With Funmi, neither can the children whose lives have been touched via the Change-a-life-Project forget her in a hurry.
Your reading list: A list of ten best books of all time Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt, Ogboju Ode ni Igbo Irumole by D. O Fagunwa, The Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli, Creation by Gore Vidal, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelheo, Ake by Wole Soyinka, Half of A Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The Prophet by Khalil Gibran, The Art of War by Sun Tzu.
Books you are reading at the moment and why?
Jagua Nana by Cyprian Ekwensi, to refresh my memory and to determine if Jagua Nana was a misunderstood independent spirit often miscast in popular culture as a loose woman. The More You Ignore Me by Jo Brand because l like Brand’s wicked sense of humour and her refusal to be dragged into the eternal bastion of female non progress that the weight issue is.
Favourite book quote: I like these two:
- “Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy”. Khalil Gibran, The Prophet 1923.
- “The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently”. Friedrich Nietzsche, The Dawn 1881.
What do you think of books? Liberation from the tyranny of ignorance
What will a book about your life be called? Yetunde’s daughter
Who are your literary heroes? Chimamanda Adichie, Agatha Christie, Gore Vidal and Mark Twain
What is the last thing you read that made you laugh?“Everyone knows that a ‘Do not disturb’ sign means don’t come in, we are having sex” – Mrs Mill’s response to a reader’s question in the Sunday Times.
What book changed your life? Still searching for it
What is the strangest research you’ve done? The argument about whether elephant eggs exists or not with my 8 year old. She won.
What is the worth of a book? Priceless.