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15 Books By African Authors You Should Read

It's time to refresh your book list

BY Agnes Amondi

Aug 21, 2022, 09:59 AM

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There’s no shortage of African literature for you to read as upcoming and acclaimed writers in the continent and outside keep churning out books. If you are looking to catch up on your favourite titles or looking for new ones,  The Africa Report compiled a list of 15 books for your consideration.

What we love about this list is that it includes works that challenge socially established narratives. Case in point, Asylum, a memoir written by Nigerian writer and activist Edafe Okporo. He details his experience living as a gay man in Nigeria. Sexual relations are a taboo topic on the continent but works like this are bound to spark these conversations.

Another pick that caught my eye is Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head, a book written by Somali British writer Warsan Shire. The reason why this is a fantastic pick by The Africa Report is that it provides clarity on the experience of immigrants and explains the difficult choices they are faced with. It’s a book that will place you in the shoes of an immigrant and help you understand their lives.

The one book that’s not on The Africa Report list and we think is a must-read for anyone who fancies African literature is Nervous Conditions by the booker-nominated novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga

If you want to understand the struggles that women go through to fulfil their goals and explore how colonialism, race and poverty play a role in determining life outcomes for people on the African continent, get your copy. 

Additionally, we have our eyes set on Tsitsi’s new book 'Black and Female' - we’ll have a full review - in which she shares how racism and misogyny have impacted her position in the world as an author and woman.

We hope that these titles whet your appetite enough to go and check out the full list provided by The African Report.

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