The Bookstore Interviews is part of Something Bookish interview series.
Opened in October 2017 as a quick stop for book lovers, Adam’s Pages Bookstore in Abuja has expanded into a perfect haven for bibliophiles and creatives away from the distractions of hustling in the Federal Capital Territory. They also boast of a functioning library which members of the public can borrow books from at a small fee.
The store is located at Machima Plaza. 2 Mombolo Close, Off Sultan Abubakar Way, Wuse Zone 2, Abuja. If you need to read or work in a quiet environment, there is a Cafe and Reading Room available with pretty fast internet service.
What is your favourite section in the store?
Fiction… especially Nigerian Fiction
What would you do if you had infinite space in the store?
Fill it books!!!! Books! Books! Books!! all genres!!
What do you do better than any other bookstore?
We have a library for those who would rather borrow books, a reading room, for those looking for a quiet cosy place to read. And we often host different literary events, book readings and discussion
Any trends or predictions for the bookselling industry?
I see a bright future, lots of new bookstores coming up. Though we need a solution to the high cost of importing books into the country.
What’s the craziest situation you’ve ever had to deal with in the store?
Big disagreement/fight between husband and wife in the bookstore. The husband was upset that she was spending too much on books.
What’s your earliest memory of visiting a bookstore as a child?
I think I was eight, ended up frustrated and sad because we were only allowed to pick two books each. It took me forever to decide which book to pick, finally did, while wishing I had superpowers to move all the books to my house.
If you weren’t running a bookstore, what would you be doing?
I would probably be practising as a lawyer, or be running me some business. But nothing beats Bookselling!
What’s been your biggest surprise about working in a bookstore?
I got a lot of discouraging remarks before opening the bookstore, about how Nigerians don’t read and how I was just wasting my investment. I, however, have been pleasantly surprised with the small percentage of our population that read! They have made the journey easy and inspiring. The typical Nigerian reader will go through any length to get a good book.
What are the booksellers reading?
*Becoming – Michelle Obama
*Manchester Happened – Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
*Becoming Nigerian – Elnathan John
*The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives – Lola Shoneyin (never gets old)
*The Path Made Clear – Oprah Winfrey
They offer nationwide delivery, so if you’re looking for a book, check out their website, ADAM’S PAGES. For them on Instagram @adamspages or Twitter @adamspagesabuja for more updates.
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