RAINBOW CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH NIGGER AT ETON

Nigger at Eton by Dillibe Onyeama narrates the author’s experiences as the second black boy in one of the world’s most prestigious public schools, in England, in the 60’s.

The Rainbow Book Club discussed this book at its February reading moderated by Mrs Daniella Menezor. The issue of ethnicity, which someone described as racism without colour drew interesting reactions especially since, in the book, the first black Etonian, a Yoruba, was not exactly close to Onyeama, an Ibo, and it appears that their relationship was affected by ethincism. Discussants also talked about the changes that have occurred between the time the author wrote about and today.

Discussions about the emotional, psychological and physical effects of bullying were not left out as everyone present at the book reading weighed in on the issue of bullying and possible solutions.

Conclusively, The group stressed on the fact that Africans, especially Nigerians, can fight racism by believing in ourselves, empowering ourselves mentally, economically and by solving our own problems which include greed, corruption, ethnic and religious differences, rather than resorting to leaving the country for a ‘better life’ outside.

Our book of the month for March is The Smart Money Woman by Arese Ugwu. The reading would hold on Saturday 25 th March. Copies of this book can be picked up at Hairven in Vineyard Mall, Woji Road, G.R.A, PH and House of Tara in 95 Tombia Extension, G.R.A Phase III, PH. Cost is 5,000 Naira.