African Lit. & Other Books I read in 2016

I grew up not reading a lot of books written by African authors, mainly because I didn’t have access to them. I’m African. I’m Ghanaian. Somehow I think I should have had more access, if not ‘right’, to these books.

So why didn’t I have access to them? Where were our African books? Were they so few? Were they not good enough? It’s a bit confusing, now that I think about it.

A friend once told me he wasn’t enthused about reading books by African Authors. Could it be an issue of content, or like me, was he only exposed to books by western authors so much so that the interest for reading African Literature was basically low?

In November 2015, I resolved to spend deliberate time reading books by African Writers. This was an unknown territory. It was content I was not used to, but I was ready to explore.

You will find below the list of books, in no particular order, by African Authors I have read since November 2015. You can also click on the links to read my thoughts on some of them.

If you have read any of the books mentioned here, I’d love to hear your comments on it. Also feel free to recommend any you find interesting. It might save me the stress of having to comb the whole of Accra (well,  not exactly THE WHOLE of Accra, but you get the point), sifting through blurbs, font styles, and page colors for one I find worth my curiosity.

African Literature 

  1. The Night of the Full Moon by Muheki-Rushedge
  2. In the chest of a woman by Efo K)dzo Mawugbe
  3. Grief Child by Lawrence Darmani
  4. Burning Grass by Cyprian Ekwensi
  5. The Palm-wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola
  6. Beyond the Horizon by Amma Darko
  7. A Cowrie of Hope by Binwell Sinyangwe
  8. The Purple Violet of Oshaantu by Neshani Andreas
  9. The Jewel of Kabibi by Mawuli Adzei
  10. So long a letter by Mariama Ba
  11. As The Crow Flies by Veronique Tadjo
  12. The New Tribe by Buchi Emecheta
  13. Voices Made Night by Mia Couto
  14. Mema by Daniel Mengara
  15. Queen Pokou by Veronique Tadjo
  16. The Concubine by Elechi Amadi
  17. Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono
  18. Neighbours: The Story of Murder by Lilia Momple
  19. The Housemaid by Amma Darko
  20. Can We Talk and other stories by Shimmer Chinodya
  21. The Ordained of the gods by Kwanima Boateng
  22. Mine Boy by Peter Abrahams
  23. The Witch of Lagbasi by Mawuli Adzei
  24. Chaka by Thomas Mofolo
  25. Money Galore by Amu Djoleto
  26. A Squatter’s Tale by Ike Oguine
  27. Dew In The Morning by Shimmer Chinodya
  28. Nile Baby by Elle Boehmer
  29. Arrows of Rain by Okey Ndibe
  30. The Mystery of The Haunted House by Ruby Yayra Goka
  31. Black Heat by J. Chobe
  32. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Non- African Literature

1. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie: Crime fiction that was made into a film (of the same name) in 1978.

2. Morning Noon & Night by Sidney Sheldon

3. The Partner by John Grisham

4. Guardian Angel by Patricia Wilson

5. Left Behind by Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins

 

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