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Dalu's Diary by Ogechi Ezeji : Children's Literature in Nigeria is Coming Back

I felt like a child once again, after reading Ogechi Ezeji’s Dalu’s Diary, a book of fiction for children and adults alike.The feeling I got from reading this work is akin to the one I got from reading Chinua Achebe’s Chike and the River, Onuora Nzekwu’s Eze Goes to School, Cyprian Ekwensi’s The Drummer Boy and all other great children fictions of Nigeria’s literary golden age, so many years ago.
In the story, little Chukwudalu Aniche is obsessed with his diary, which he kept and wrote in at every turn of an important event that moves him to write. He initially lived in Owerri with his parents, Mr and Mrs Aniche and his beloved uncle Akachi, before his accountant father was transferred to Abuja, on account of his honesty and determination towards his job.
Through Dalu’s diary, we are able to understand the inner workings of the young boy’s mind, his family, his closeness with his uncle, his view of his maternal aunt and her erratic daughter and most of all, his perception of his new sch…

Literature & Publishing in Nigeria is Not a Billion-Dollar Industry. Talking with Author U. A Daniel

U. A Daniel had written a book with an alluring back cover design. And you hardly get a title as this in the list of Nigeria novels. We were excited to get across to him for this brief interview. Please read and always, get back to us where possible.




How long did it take you to write this book?
It took about a whole year. Or maybe less. I started writing it towards the end of 2016 into 2017. I abandoned it for a while to chase other things and then came back to finish it up. And by September of 2018, I had begun sending it out for editing.



It’s an interesting thing that you decided to write a story about boys, what are your
inspirations?
Boys of course will be my inspiration, but not exactly. I think my fascination for boarding school was the blueprint of my inspiration. I went to a boarding school for six years and a whole lot happened, so much so that long after I left every other thing was a reference to my time in the dormitory. I was bound to write about it.

How did you publish? How…