#ReadingListNG: Top recommended books for Nigeria’s new cabinet

The inauguration of Nigeria’s new Federal Executive Council on Wednesday, the 11th of November, led to a variety of reactions from Nigerians, the good, bad, and funny. First came the congratulatory messages on social media, then came some criticisms questioning the competence of some ministers in relation to their portfolios, then the floodgates opened and the memes poured out.

It is a known fact that Nigerians have high expectations for the new Ministers and so they would be criticised daily, but the people took things up a notch when they started recommending books for the Ministers to read with the #ReadingListNG tag on social media. It was almost as if they said, “Yes we’ll criticise you. But first, here’s some assistance.”

Started by popular Nigerian journalist, Tolu Ogunlesi, #ReadingListNG was a Twitter Nigeria trend throughout Thursday, November 12th.

Here are some of the best recommended books for Nigeria’s new cabinet.

Book Reforming The Unreformable

Author Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala

Book The Quest

Author Daniel Yergin

Book  From Third World to First: The Singapore Story – 1965-2000

Author Lee Kuan Yew

Book – The Age of Intelligent Cities: Smart Environments and Innovation-for-all Strategies

Author – Nicos Komninos

Book – Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

Author(s) – Daron Acemoğlu and James A. Robinson

Book – The Myth Of The Strong Leader: Political Leadership in the Modern Age

Author – Archie Brown

Other recommended books included, “The Accidental Public Servant” by Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, “Eat That Frog!: Get More of the Important Things Done – Today!” by Brian Tracy, “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck, “Who Moved My Cheese: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life” by Spencer Johnson, and “How Asia Works: Success and Failure in the World’s Most Dynamic Region” by Joe Studwell amongst others.

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