23 Books By African Women That You Should Absolutely Be Reading

Luso Mnthali Oct, 19, 2017

There’s no time like the present to enhance your reading list and these books written by 23 extraordinary African women afre the perfect place to start. 

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Best known for the poetry featured prominently in Beyoncé's 2016 feature-length film Lemonade, this collection is essential. Hers is a brilliant, intuitive and deeply empathetic voice, full of the range of human emotion.

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Long a darling of the UK literary scene, this 32-year-old author had already published five novels and two plays before this short story collection.

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A book of family ties, histories and migration. Tackles the pain of emigration with the sense of loss and grief associated with splintered families. Such assured and stylish, poetic prose.

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A humorous, yet also serious and brilliantly executed, Robin Hood tale set in Nigeria’s economic hub. A very welcome addition to the stories Nigerians tell about themselves and their country.

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An acclaimed, complex book set against the backdrop of the 2007 post-election violence in Kenya.

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An exploration of friendship and changing race relations over 60 years of South African history told through the experiences of two women who are neighbors. One is Black, the other White.

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A Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Award winner, she’s written 12 books in the fantasy, sci-fi and speculative fiction genres. Who Fears Death will be adapted by HBO into a TV series exec-produced by George RR Martin, the writer of the Game of Thrones books.

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Set during the Ethiopian Revolution of 1974, a richly drawn and compassionate story regarded as one of the best books about Ethiopia.

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