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Readers’ Theatre Twelve Plays For Young People

ReadersTheatreTitle: Readers’ Theatre Twelve Plays For Young People

Author: Mabel Segun

Publisher: Mabelline Publications

Number of pages: 191

Type of Book: Fiction, African

Age: 8+

Available here: Terrakulture Victoria Island, Lagos

Price: N 800


First off, this book was a joint winner of the NLNG prize for Children’s Literature in 2007. It is a book of 12 plays for readers aged 8 – 15. The first 8 plays are based on popular folktales about talking drums, birds and tortoises. Each play has a moral lesson or two to be learnt without being didactic. The last 4 are based on Nigerian history, heroes and heroines such as King Jaja of Opobo, Queen Moremi, the Egungun Festival of Yoruba land. This book is fun and easy to read and the plays. I recommend this for reluctant readers and children who love drama/acting.


UP: The book is divided into 5 parts. The first 3 parts are guidelines on how to act each play complete with detailed information on costumes, props, scene changes, tone of voice and facial expressions, etc. These make it very easy for kids to act the plays.

DOWN: None


3.5 Stars 


  1. Which Igbo boy rose from the rank of slave to Head of a popular House in the Niger Delta and finally a King in Opobo? King Jaja of Opobo.
  2. Did Tortoise become pregnant after eating a pot of soup that was meant for his wife? Find out in The Pot of Medicine
  3. The theme ‘Everyday for the thief and one day for the owner’ was evident in which story? Tortoise and the Groundnut seller
  4. What became of the girl who was swallowed by a talking drum? Find out in The Swallowing Drum
  5. Which are more important, the eyes or the legs? Find out Akin’s choice in Akin, the Blind and Lame Man.
  6. Which popular festival in Yoruba Land started as a celebration of a mother and later became a commemoration of the ancestors? The Egungun Festival

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Fela Anikulapo Kuti


Title:  Fela Anikulapo Kuti   

Author: Ola Ajibola

Publisher: Lantern Books                            

Number of pages: 126        

Type of Book: Creative Non-fiction

Age: 10+

Available here: and other major bookshops.

Price: N400


This book is a beautiful account of the life of Afro beat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. It shows interesting details from his birth, his early childhood with strict parents and his career as a musician, to his rise to fame as the King of Afro beats and the voice of the Nigerian people in the fight against oppression and corruption in the 1980s. It details an important slice of Nigerian history in a fictitious/fictional and appealing manner. The perfect summer read for the child with a love for history.


UP: The description of the antics of the young Fela, the attacks on Fela’s home, Kalakuta Republic and the story behind most of the songs he released in the 1980s made this a pleasurable read. Another plus was the fact that the book features a glossary for complex words and a page filled with questions – for the parent who would like to ensure their child read the book. *wink

DOWN: The book was so badly written. The author seemed to write in ‘Nigerian’ English. “What a fool I have been all these while”, “He then started asking questions and was getting the right and convincing answers” “He fixed a cold gaze at the minister who still refused to mind him” “He saw that musicians will be the ones ruling the world …”, to list but a few. It is almost inappropriate for children who wish to learn proper use of English. I’m not sure whom to blame, the author, the editor(s), or the publisher. Maybe all of them really. It was also ridden with grammatical errors.


4 stars

I have rated it 4 stars in spite of these errors because it captures the life of a legend in a truly beautiful way.


  1. Why did Fela play music? He played music because he wanted to be the voice of the people and to stop oppression and other societal vices in Nigeria.
  2. How many wives did Fela marry in one day. 27 wives
  3. What course did Fela’s parents want him to study and what did he eventually study: Medicine and Music
  4. What were the first and last names of Fela’s band: Koola Lobitos and Egypt 80
  5. How did Fela stop Billy the bully? He shot stones at him many times with his catapult until Billy bled and had to have his head bandaged.
  6. What programme is held every year in honor of Fela’s memory? Felabration

CHALLENGE: Fela Anikulapo Kuti

Are you a true history buff? How well do you know Fela? Can you answer the question below:

Fela’s communal compound, Kalakuta Republic was located at ………………………. (give the address in full)

Send your answers to

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 8-12 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Thursday, August 20th.

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