The Girl Who Married a Ghost and Other Tales from Nigeria

Gr 3—6—Onyefulu has compiled 10 stories that were told to her as a child. They show the spirit of Nigerian village life, and each has a moral at the end. The title story describes arrogant and picky Ogilisa, who refuses to marry any of the men from her village. She finally finds a handsome man but he turns out to be a ghost and, scared, she runs back home, humbled. Other stories concern wily Tortoise; a famous wrestler who challenges a ghost; and lazy Dog, who refuses to help the other animals build a well. Pencil drawings accompany each tale. The writing is simple and straightforward and includes some of Onyefulu's native Igbo language. These stories can provide a basic introduction to readers unfamiliar with Nigerian folklore.—Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, Kearns Library, UT

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