When most people walk into a bookshop, their eyes scan around looking for covers, titles & authors they have heard about or seen with someone – or perhaps on someone’s timeline.
This should change. When next you see, buy or read a (Nigerian) book, review it and share with the world. It could be just one sentence and/or an image post… out you could go all out and write an essay.
I daresay the main reason foreign books seem to be eternally more accepted than indigenous books is that we hear about their new titles & authors every day via various media while ours, close to home, are published without anyone hearing about them.
That is why word-of-mouth (tweets, statuses, blog posts, etc.) is one major way we can encourage fellow book lovers to go for more (Nigerian) books. In other words, we all need to talk more about the books we read.
Let’s do it for the industry, for the culture.