By Amaka Abayomi, with Agency reports

ON Sunday, April 23, Nigeria joined the rest of the world to celebrate the 2017 World Book Day (WBD) or World Book and Copyright Day. It is a day set aside by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO, to promote reading, publishing and copyright.

The connection between 23 April and books was first made in 1923 by booksellers in Catalonia, Spain. The original idea was of the Valencian writer, Vicente Clavel Andrés, as a way to honour author Miguel de Cervantes, first on October 7, his birth date, then on April 23, his death date.

In 1995, UNESCO decided that the World Book and Copyright Day would be celebrated on 23 April, as the date is also the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, as well as that of the births or deaths of several other prominent authors.

In celebrating the WBD, here is a collection of the best books ever read, as shared by some Nigerians.

Adebayo Cecelia’s favourites are books by Agatha Christie, James Hadley Chase, Sydney Sheldon, Harold Robin, Mario Puzo, Robert Kiyosaki. “As for books, I am a reader any day any time, however, the best I have read is Tell Me Your Dream by Sydney Sheldon,” she said.

For Funmi Fatoyinbo, Agatha Christie’s books are my favourite but the best I have ever read is the Holy Bible because it so interests me to know that every aspect of life is treated in the Bible and whenever I read it, it amazed me.

“Before the Da Vinci Code was deciphered, the world was left at the mercy of  Angels & Demons but mine  is The Lost Symbol,” Nnadozie Onyezewe said.

Emeka Goodluck’s are Macmillan textbooks such as Ali & Simbi, Omo, Edet who lives in Calabar, etc.

Stressing that he loves reading as it gives him hope that he will be great someday, Olumide Samuel  said his favourites are The Law Of Attraction by Richard Carswell and Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, and is about to get Take The Risk by Ben Carson.

For Idogho Rita, the best book so far is the Holy Bible, but my most interesting is Don’t Make A Black Woman Take Off Her Earings by Tyler Perry. I also enjoyed Aura of Divinity.

Victor Francis  said he enjoyed Joy of Motherhood, Mr. Commitment, Act Like A Lady And Think Like A Man, No Excuse, Understanding Your Marriage, Think & Grow Rich, Talent Is Not Enough, and most of all, the Holy Bible.

For Mohammed Musa, his best read is  the holy Quran, Hadith of The Holy Prophet, Madhah as-sahabi, Fatawi ahlil Madina, Criminal Law of Islam (by Abdur-Rahman Id’oi), the Law of Inheritance (by Abdur-Rahman Id’oi), and many more Islamic books because they are the codes leading to the successful life in this world and the hereafter.


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