Visiting a bookstore is back in fashion. Shout out to all the book lovers who love the scent and feel of a physical book. A couple of weeks ago, a friend sent me a series of SOS messages asking for bookstore suggestions in the Lekki area and I thought, wouldn’t it be nice to do a Nigeria Top 5 Bookstore List. Allow me to introduce you to 5 of the most visited shelves in the country that have just the book you are looking for.
1. CSS Bookshops
Established as CMS Bookshops in 1869, this bookshop has earned its popular stripes such that it has its own bus stop. The head office is housed in Bookshop House, Broad Street, Lagos Island. Visitors can find a large variety of school recommended texts and religious books. Residents of Abuja can also visit a branch on Bamenda Street, Wuse Zone 3.
Arts and literature come alive at Terrakulture and its bookshop is no exception. Discover a wide range of African authors and your favorite Nigerian novelists. I discovered Chimeka Garricks’ Tomorrow Died Yesterday here. There are magazines, journals, and books from all genres and for all ages. The staff is knowledgeable and eager to help you add new authors to your personal library.
3. Odusote Bookstores
Started by Ola Odusote, a History University graduate, this bookshop began in Ibadan during the 1960s and has grown to include branches in 3 other states in the country. The most sought after titles are sold at Odusote. The principal bookstore is located along Awolowo Way in Oke-Ado, Ibadan, while the Ekiti branch is housed in Afe Babalola University. For Abuja residents, pick up your desired title at the ABM Plaza in Utako, Abuja.
4. Jazzhole Lagos
Jazzhole is more than a bookstore. Discover your favorite Afro beat record, listen to soothing music, and dine at the artsy café. People have been known to search all over the world for a particular title, only to find it at Jazzhole. Its location on popular Awolowo Road, Ikoyi makes it an easy find in the bustling city of Lagos. Jazzhole is an offshoot of Glendora Bookshop. Other Glendola outlets can be visited at Ikeja City Mall and the Lagos airport.
5. Laterna Bookstore
Laterna is located in Victoria Island, Lagos and offers the advantages of both a physical bookstore and an online store. You can find fiction and non-fiction from around the world, books on politics, marketing, entrepreneurship, leadership, and management. There is also a section for children’s books that are outside the school curriculum.