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#ThrowbackThursday: Which School Books Were Your Fave?



It’s Thursday and social media dictates that people reminisce and share past memories online – whether it is through old photos or old trends!

Today for #ThrowbackThursday, we are asking our BellaNaijarians, “Which school books were your fave?”

Let us know!


  1. Nkem

    March 30, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Animal farm.

    • Ottawa Queen

      March 30, 2017 at 5:52 pm

      Macmilian: Ali and Simbi. This is Edet, Edet leaves in Calalabr. . .HA!!

    • Keetay

      March 30, 2017 at 9:54 pm

      Beast of england,beast of Ireland, beast of every land and clime, hearken to the joyful tidings of the golden future la la la la la

  2. Tee

    March 30, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    The bottled leopard

  3. iwalewa

    March 30, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Without a silver spoon

    • Dr. N

      March 30, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      Me too!

  4. Nammy

    March 30, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    The Bottled Leopard

    • akama

      March 30, 2017 at 3:15 pm

      It would be nice to make a film out of it.

  5. Nammy

    March 30, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Time changes yesterday was also a good read

    • Ozyy

      March 30, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      One of my all time favs

  6. Marian

    March 30, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Ogboju Ode ninu Igbo Irunmole
    Ireke Onibudo
    The Drummer Boy
    Tomorrow is another day
    Jagua Nana
    The girl that borrowed my things fall apart still never return am sha.
    Ralia! Ralia! Ralia! her mother called her, come here/home? i need you…i still remember my mom making me read it out loud to her.

  7. Ruby

    March 30, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Sugar girl was my fav.

  8. Billionaire in grace

    March 30, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Tintin au congo,asterix et Cesar

  9. FutureThrowforward

    March 30, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Linda Ikeji’s blog, Bella Naija and Stella Darmakoko’s Blog Future Throwback answer.

    Sugar Girl – Real throw back

  10. Anti

    March 30, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Shey they said blacks don’t read. Hissing!!!!

  11. Somborri

    March 30, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Koku Baboni
    Ralia the Sugar girl
    NOAC (the English textbook that had the adventures of the Bako family)
    Only bread for Eze

    • Iyaalaje

      March 31, 2017 at 11:33 am

      Gosh! Took me down memory lane. Loved Kou Baboni

  12. Deleke

    March 30, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    The Adventures of Souza
    The boy slave
    Return of the boy slave
    Koku baboni

    Koku Baboni and the boy slave were about the saddest stories I had ever read, I still remember the description of Matamba, kai still gives me shivers. Nollywood, bring back these stories into blockbusters.

    • Manny

      March 30, 2017 at 11:03 pm

      Same here. I think Koku Baboni & Slave Boy were too sad to be for children.

  13. Fifi

    March 30, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Nancy Drew, Famous Five,Hardy Boys, Mills and Boon,Chicken Soup for the Soul collection, Jackie Collins, Jilly Cooper( Polo was my fave),William Shakespeare

    dizzy angel,joys of motherhood,things fall apart,there was a fabulous book written by the late MEE about a girl called Yola and her best friend, Pacesetters,Sinzwe Bansi is Dead,the gods are not to blame, no longer at ease, african night entertainment

    Infact i need to buy some of these books again

    • Marian

      March 30, 2017 at 3:02 pm

      Yes!!!! Enid Blyton!!!!I loved her like kilode back then. I used to collect and trade famous five, secret seven….

      We also have to mention The Babysitters Club

  14. funmilola

    March 30, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    drummer boy
    chike and the river
    ralia the sugar girl
    bellanaija,thank you for these memories.

  15. Ocean Beauty

    March 30, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Even before opening this post I was ready to type The Bottled Leopard.
    I also like those books from Pacesetters.
    Any visit to TerraKulture and that book store at The Palms, I never miss a chance to buy at least 2 books that someone will still borrow and never return.
    That year I bin dey read for Africa sha.

  16. Rekiya

    March 30, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Jaguar Nana’s daughter,and Things fall apart was my favorite.

  17. Wunmi

    March 30, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Waoh I loved Tunji the motor mechanic
    Akin goes to school and Raliat the sugar girl.Nigerian authors of them years were good then.Dunno of now TBH

  18. Jane

    March 30, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    OOhh the memories. I read all of them, but Bottled Leopard was my Fav. Read that book a million times. Pls any idea where one can buy these books? Hard copy preferable but I will take the soft copy if I get. Please help.
    This would be a good read for my kids.

  19. Zeeebby

    March 30, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Sugar Girl
    Koku Baboni
    Ade our naughty little boy
    Drummer boy
    Sisi Jetue
    Without a silverspoon
    Things fall apart
    Echoes of hard times
    Last Duty
    Bello and the greedy Waziri
    Our husband has gone mad again

  20. Rike

    March 30, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Oh my oh my! Ralia the sugar girl, Iya yaddi, Macbeth, Sizwe Banzi is dead, Without a silverspoon, Koku Baboni, I really liked Ade our little boy then. etc

  21. Cyprian Ekwensi

    March 30, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    The passport of Mallam Illia
    An African Night’s Entertainment

    • Kemi

      March 30, 2017 at 5:09 pm

      Juju Rock ..another by Cyprian Ekwensi

  22. Cyprian again

    March 30, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Juju Rock

  23. Miss_Flygerian

    March 30, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Eze goes to school
    Echoes of hard times
    The Incorruptible Judge
    Joys of Motherhood
    The Iroko man and the wood carver
    The bottled leopard
    Sizwe Banzi is dead
    Oliver Twist
    Things fall apart
    Arrow of God

    Tbh, I had no favorite. They were all interesting reads.

  24. Abominable snow girl

    March 30, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Enid Blyton books, all of them; Mallory Towers, Famous Five etc. And “Great Ponds”, the author described vegetable soup so well, I ‘ve never forgot it.

  25. Abominable snow girl

    March 30, 2017 at 4:37 pm


  26. Cyprian again

    March 30, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Juju Rock

  27. Cyprian again

    March 30, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Juju Rock

    BN Please post this

  28. omotomiwa

    March 30, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Oh my gosh. Memories. Such a sweet feeling.
    The gods are not to blame
    Sugar girl
    Incorruptiable judge
    Eze goes to schoold
    SimbI goes to school.
    Drummer boy.
    Gosh! The memories cones with such a tingly feeling . Left me in smiles l.

  29. MercyI

    March 30, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Chike And The River,
    Koku Baboni
    Jaguar Nana
    Without a Silverspoon…etcetera etcetera

  30. Bowl

    March 30, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    Bottled leopard , Things fall apart, Enid Blyton (still reads her collection ) , Expo 77, Toads for supper, Chike and th river, Koku Baboni, Passport of Mallam Ila, and so many more

  31. Bowl

    March 30, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    And oh I forgot, The lion and the jewel- an all time classic !

    • Keetay

      March 30, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      And lakunle replied sidi: “a savage custom,barbaric,outdated,rejected, denouced, accursed, excommunicated,degrading, humiliating, remarkable, redundant, unpalatable, ignominous an infamous shaming our heritage before the whole world” I can’t remember wot dey were discussing about but my dad made me find out the meaning of dese words,i had to cram them….dis was my favourite booK.

  32. Oyda

    March 30, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Sugar girl! I loved that book

  33. Sisi

    March 30, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Juju rock – another good one by Cyprian Ekwensi

  34. Dr. N

    March 30, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    So many books here
    Who read Born to win? Ijendu
    O my heart

    • Tami

      February 19, 2020 at 9:22 am

      Yep, I bought Born To Win years ago. Poor Ijendu, she really suffered.

  35. Oyaga

    March 30, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    I read all these books! So amazing to see so many people read all of these books as well.

    I’m overwhelmed with nostalgia right now…. Peter Pan was right never to have grown up!

  36. Nwakeku

    March 30, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    The maids are not to blame, African child, Ten in the family

  37. Tour Eiffel

    March 30, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Still Born by Zainab Akali

  38. Keetay

    March 30, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    The African child by Camara laye

  39. Funke

    March 30, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Ah! this is really nostalgic, I will read these books again if I stumble on them
    The Victims, The Last Duty,The Unknown Tomorrow
    Chike and the River. Great Expectations, The Passport of Mallam Ilia= Cyprian Ekwensi
    In short all those Pacesetter books. I wonder if the upcoming Generation Z and Alpha will have anything to read, social media has taken away so many things.

  40. Lauli

    March 31, 2017 at 12:48 am

    My father’s car!

    • I know right?

      March 31, 2017 at 5:22 am

      SMO Aka!! Second Hand Car!! Help me push am!!

  41. aj

    March 31, 2017 at 6:26 am

    hmmm I remember Sizwe Banzi is dead, Eze goes to school and a few of the ones some commentators listed. I also remember A bucket full of stories for 9 year olds and so on.

  42. Jo

    March 31, 2017 at 7:15 am

    My faves were My Father’s Daughter, The African Child, Drummer Boy, The Bottled Leopard, Eze goes to School, The Boy Slave, Koku Baboni, Arrow of God, Triumph of the Water Lily, etc.

    The drawing of the witch in the version of Sugar Girl i read gave me nightmares. The Gods Are not To Blame made me really sad.

  43. MAN

    March 31, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Though a Cameroonian, I have and will always love Unoma goes to School.

  44. BijouxthisBijouxthat

    April 1, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Oooh the joys of reading and turning a leaf after leaf: sweet sweet and sweeter!
    One man, one wife
    Mine boy
    Anthills on the savanna
    Animal farm
    Things fall apart (that book is a rite of passage)
    The beautiful ones are not yet born
    Dilemma of a ghost
    Oedipus Rex(the gods are not to blame)
    So many Pacessetors books I can’t remember
    All Enid Blyton books
    All Sweet Valley high books
    All harlequin romance books
    All Mills and Boons books (these filled my head with stupid ideas of romance) ?
    I loved reading and I still love to read.. It does something therapeutic to you

  45. Zooaan.

    June 14, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    my favourite would be THE CONCUBINE by ELECHI AMADI, reading the book felt like i was watching a movie, i would read it over and over again.

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