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How This Nigerian Book Club is Spreading Joy through Literature

The founders of Book O'clock in Sokoto aim to share their love of African books in a part of Nigeria where an appreciation of literature isn't often encouraged.

Growing up in Sokoto, northwest Nigeria, Uchenna Emelife would often find himself gesturing with excitement as he passionately discussed a new book he read, or compared characters of novels that shaped his youth. From a young age, the 22-year-old developed the hobby of reading books -- a hobby considered a rare one where he's from.

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Growing communities of social media users, spread all over the continent, are evolving into a major powerhouse for African literature.

As Beyoncé and Pharrell Williams’ hit song, ‘Water’ plays overhead, Nokukhanya Ntsaluba sits in front of a bookshelf at her home in South Africa, red lipstick highlighting her luminous smile, as she holds up, in quick succession, five of her favorite books by African writers.

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