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Do Nigerians Read?

Everytime I want to try my hand on writing, selling books, publishing etc, the first comment i hear is "Be careful, Nigerians do not read."

But I've found this not to be true. Nigerians do read. But they are very choosy and read only what they think will add value to them. Try the newspaper stands in the mornings, and you will see us gathering round to catch a glimpse of the head lines. Everywhere, Nigerians love information and will do what they can to get it.

Recently, preachers and motivational speakers have been able to create an awareness that you need to understand certain principles to make you a good leader or a successful entrepreneur. Today business books are now bestsellers in Nigeria.

So its all about value and the reading culture will surely improve.

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That statement was made by a white man and still hurts till date. And I want us to prove that statement wrong.

It is a white lie.

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screenwriting if you want to make money from writing in Nigeria!

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Leave the guy alone plz, We aint here to judge people but just to share opinions and have fun, Plz give him some credits as naijacutee told you

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Black Mamba,

Which economy is holding them back?

They read what they like.

Better Lover, pornographic booklets, Hints, Hearts, City People, Ovation International, etc.

Write a book and put a Coverless babe on the cover and just print 100,000 copies and simply spread them on the floor at CMS Bus Stop in Lagos for N200 each and watch and see how all the copies will disappear within a year.

I knew a very wealthy Nigerian and when I went to see him in his office, he brought out pornographic booklets and told me to select and read them and asked me the size of my joystick. That I should show him the proof. And he said we should be sleeping with girls. And he described how he made love to his secretary in his office.

He is a close associate of the President. And he was honoured by the government.

The wife of another top Nigeria also laughed at me when she found out that I loved books more than dating girls and women. She said I should use what I have (my manhood) to get what I need. But I felt sorry for her ignorance.

Most of our elders and leaders are the corrupt.

No wonder Nigeria is in such a mess.

What of the popular pastor who wants to be President and sold his book by peace and by force. But finds it difficult to appreciate the books written by members of his own congregation.

Nigerians read.

May God clear our blurred vision and remove the scales from our eyes so that we may see clearly the true picture of our true destiny in Jesus Name. Amen.

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@Orikinla

Please don't fault anyone for their choice of reading. The economy is to blame for Longman, Macmillan etc, rather than people's taste in reading.

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Nigerians read,but the percentage is low compared to a typical literate society.

The way people treasure libraries and books in the Western world is not the same in Nigeria.

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Leave the guy now, and give him some credit. His sentence construction is poor but his spellings are good. At least he is making an effort.

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Nigerian do read, but becos of the financial situation in the country, I started reading from 6years when my father always make sure all my family ready something everyday and we all come home to share our experiences. My father display a saying write from when I was born saying: He who does not Read is not different fron He who cannot read.

Uche

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Nigerians read , we read everything from fiction to non fiction , news papers to mags it all depends on how we see things i'll advise if we put up a survey to know here on nairaland

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Its a lie!

Nigerians do read and they read a lot, especially novels and stuff. I borrow must of the books I read from other fellow nigerians. It beats paying.

Many are really smart and use the information that they have read to influence their own lives. Many nigerians are very SHARP and SMART. Take for instance those that go to Unversity, they must have read something for them to be there.

Knowledge is power!!!

I would just like to point out that I can't speak for people inside Nigeria but for those outside.

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Let nobody deceive anybody, very few nigerians enjoy reading especially for self development.

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If Nigerians truly do not read, you just need to do a better job of marketing your book and they will start reading. If they don't read, it may be because books worth reading have not been marketed to them yet. I like your work.

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you know, there is a joke that if you want to hide something from a black man put it in a book. this goes a long way to reflect the level of piority place on reading by blacks and if nigeria is the highest black nation in the world one can conclude that Nigerians dont read. this is one of the reasons we are where we are presently.

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Nigerians don't read! If they have to open a book its because they either wanna pass exams, read gossips, follow political events ( and still not act!, just observers!), quote a scripture or fish out a money-making recipe! Its not in our culture, maybe it was and over the years, the developmental interest gradually receded and the need for knowledge empowerment got overtaken by "educational achievements"! That's why you'll see a post graduate still looking for a job! Do we read to make an impact or to feel the impact?!

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Well i know i read and many others obviously as seen on this forum.

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Yes Nigerians do read. People always assume that we do not read but that is not true. You have to realize that most people will not encourage you to do what u want to do out of envy or jealousy. Please write a book if u want to. I remember the time I had a discussion with some people in Houston some years ago about establishing a fast food business in Naija. They all screamed that it was not feasible as "Nigerian culture and attitude" is based on the mothers cooking for their kids/husbands. Look at the fast food industry now in Nigeria!!!

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