ABSTRACT
This paper looks at the Nigerian and African context of literature and its
usefulness in enhancing the process of child literacy. In a bilingual situation and rapid change from rural to urban economy, it reveals the issues involved in acquiring literacy and literary consciousness via a Western system of education such as Nigeria upholds in her schools and colleges. Finally it recommends that the goal of literacy must not supersede the desire for a perfect intellectual, moral, and spiritual development of the child.