We are halfway through this year already! Time to take stock of what you have read so far! What was your New Year reading goals? Are you halfway through them yet? If you haven’t it’s not too late to change the course of your reading history at this half-year evaluation.
Last month, our theme was Social Justice. Did you complete any of the two suggested titles; Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Adichie and 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson? If you did, we hope you found them thought-provoking regardless of whether you agree with the positions taken on the issue of gender or not. As Chinua Achebe said, “to be educated is, after all, to develop the questioning habit, to be skeptical of easy promises and to use past experience creatively.”
This June, we are focusing on Justice. When we hear the word justice, we think about fairness and equity. Justice is something we desire when it concerns us and our loved ones. Often times, we also desire and demand justice in society as a whole. In Nigeria, we decry the injustice we encounter on a daily basis; brutalisation by security forces especially the police (Special Anti-Robbery Squad-SARS), abuse of human rights by those in authority and the slow pace of the administration of justice, to mention a few. Thus injustice affects every one of us.
On the world scene, we would encourage you to mark three dates this month that is directly connected to justice. These are June 20, World Refugee Day; June 23, International Widow’s Day; and June 26, United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Mark them on your calendar and as these days roll by, think how you can personally contribute to achieving more equity and justice in the world.
Our suggested reading this month are both plays with justice as the main themes.
Here is the list we put together:
- The Incorruptible Judge by D. Olu Olagoke is a familiar play which was compulsory reading in primary and junior secondary schools years ago. The climax of this book is the court case on allegations of corruption against a civil servant.
2. The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare. This well-known play about a merchant who defaults on a loan given by a shrewd moneylender has dramatic scenes on the administration of justice.
As you read these books, take note of how justice was served in both cases, what helped the innocents get justice?
We hope you enjoy reading these plays.
Do share your books that have justice as a theme in the comments section.