Dele Giwa Literary Collection
Dele Giwa was born on 16th March 1947 in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. By a combination of a great intellect, a love of reading and hard work, he overcame the limitations of the poverty into which he was born to become one of the world’s most accomplished journalists. His career began on the staff of the New York Times. He returned to Nigeria where he worked variously as features editor of the Daily Times and editor of the Sunday Concord. In 1985, he co-founded Nigeria’s weekly news magazine, Newswatch. He was the editor-in-chief and chief executive of the magazine until his murder on 19th October 1986.
But death was not the end of him. As his son, Billy, wrote:
For “death (as my father suffered) hath this also, that it openeth the gate to good fame and extinguisheth envy,” “(Envied when alive) The same man, dead, will be loved.” (The Guardian, October 19, 1989)
His memory is celebrated with posthumous honours, biographies, a collection of his written works and his names have been emblazoned on monuments by states and local governments in Nigeria.
In celebration of his love for reading and an appreciation of the possibilities that education offered him, his children, Billy and Funmi, founders of Redeemed Camp, have created a literary initiative in his honour. The Dele Giwa Literary Collection is an assemblage of the world’s greatest seminal works. It is freely accessible to members of Redeemed Camp Library and it forms part of the Redeemed Camp initiative to facilitate social mobility by making access to life impacting tools freely accessible. It’s our hope that students and teachers of English language, literature, journalism and lovers of the classics will find in this collection tools to aid their studies and vocation.
The collection consists of eBooks in PDF and ePub formats. EBooks in the PDF format are better suited to desktops and laptops, while those in the ePub format are better suited to mobile devices.