The most stolen books in Nigeria are not one, or two, or ten, they are many. But I’ll focus this article on just five. One minute the book is there next minute it’s gone. The same applies for books in Nigerian schools. Everyone who has studied in a Nigerian school can attest to it that there were books which were the most stolen in Nigerian schools than others. Here is my list of the 5 most stolen books in Nigeria.
5 most stolen books in Nigeria
1. Guinness book of record
The GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORD has to be biggest most stolen books in Nigeria and Nigerian schools. It has been stolen from the Nigerian school libraries so many times that you hardly see a Guinness book of record in the Nigerian library anymore or when you do see the Guinness book of record it’s secured and out of reach.
Why is the Guinness book of record the most stolen book in Nigerian schools?
The Guinness book of record is one of the most stolen books in Nigeria simply because it’s exciting to read. It has amazing world records, images you’ve never seen before, weird facts and scenes and a mind tugging trivia. It’s simply astonishing and thus, why it’s stolen. Everyone wants to be in possession of it.
2. Archie comics
Yours truly riverdale. I bet you are not surprised Archie Comics is among the most stolen books in Nigeria. Archie comics comes next as the most stolen book in Nigerian schools because let’s face it. Everyone loves reading comics. I remember queuing to read Archie comics and most times the Archie comics I was lucky to read already had so many pages torn out of it. Archie comics was like a public book. The owner just sees it once and the end. Even when they do find it, it’s unlikely they can claim ownership of it. The good thing is that, Shoprite still stocks Archie comics on their shelves till date.
Why is Archie comics one of the most stolen books in the Nigerian schools
Who doesn’t enjoy the fictional story of the love triangle between Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge? The stories of Jughead Jones and Reggie Mantle, Sabrina Spellman, Josie and the pussycats would always remain unmatched. The double digest and Jumbo comics🥺. Oh Archie. I can’t think of any comic strip that beats Archie at the moment. A premium comic. Little wonder, the comic evolved into a movie.
3. Diary of a wimpy kid
Among the most stolen books in Nigeria was also, the diary of a wimpy kid. Greg Heffley was me. I was him😂. Strange I could relate to this book. I have to give the illustration in this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. It was really eye catching despite it lacking color. Definitely, if you weren’t the book kind of person you’d still long to read this book. I’ve never met anyone as silly as Rowley Jefferson and I’ve read all 13 volumes of this book😩. Can’t blame me. The image of Greg eating the rotten cheese on the football field is still etched in my memory till date 🤢
Why Diary of a wimpy kid is also one of the most stolen books in Nigerian schools ?
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID was one of the most stolen books in Nigeria because it was popular and expensive. Being popular and expensive in Nigerian schools many students saw it as a must have or read which led to the rampant stealing of the book. I’m ashamed to say all the volumes of the diary of a wimpy kid I read were never mine🙃.
4. Dork diaries
DORK DIARIES was also one of the most stolen books in Nigeria. But was more like the female version of the diary of a wimpy kid. I think I read it even before the diary of a wimpy kid. All Nikki Maxwell wanted was just to fit in and make her crush notice her but sadly there were other things in store for her. Just like the wimpy kid, great illustration. When you read a book like this the next thing you want to do is start a diary😂. The author Racheal Renée Russel has a similar book to the dork diaries which is the “the misadventures of max crumbly” I haven’t read the book yet but I bet it would make the most stolen books list soon
How is dork diaries a most stolen book in Nigerian schools?
Same reason as the diary of a wimpy kid. What makes it even more exciting as one of the most stolen books in Nigeria is, it comes as the female version of the diary of a wimpy kid.
5. Supa strikas
Supa strikas our very own🥺 that ranks among the most stolen books in Nigeria. The football adventures of Shegz, El-matador, twisting tiger, bloc, big bo, dancing rasta and the rest of the team including coach is one everyone loved reading. Supa Strikas has to be the best selling comic in Africa, that they had to make a cartoon out of it. It makes it quite thrilling to read football in another light.
Why is supa strikas one of the most stolen books in Nigerian schools
Given that supa strikas was free in most fuel stations and Mr Biggs. The comic had so many volumes which didn’t circulate well. So when people saw a volume they hadn’t read, they stole it to read. Besides, it’s one of the best Nigerian children books to read.
Now you might be wondering why aren’t these most stolen books in Nigeria not just borrowed instead of being stolen? Well, the hassle of going to borrow books is quite stressful in Nigerian schools plus sometimes you had to queue behind a number of people before you could read them and not everyone has that kind of patience.
Are there other books that you think are also part of the most stolen books in Nigerian schools? Feel free to let me know those books🤔
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