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.
- The Night of the Full Moon by Muheki-Rushedge
- In the chest of a woman by Efo K)dzo Mawugbe
- Grief Child by Lawrence Darmani
- Burning Grass by Cyprian Ekwensi
- The Palm-wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuola
- Beyond the Horizon by Amma Darko
- A Cowrie of Hope by Binwell Sinyangwe
- The Purple Violet of Oshaantu by Neshani Andreas
- The Jewel of Kabibi by Mawuli Adzei
- So long a letter by Mariama Ba
- As The Crow Flies by Veronique Tadjo
- The New Tribe by Buchi Emecheta
- Voices Made Night by Mia Couto
- Mema by Daniel Mengara
- Queen Pokou by Veronique Tadjo
- The Concubine by Elechi Amadi
- Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono
- Neighbours: The Story of Murder by Lilia Momple
- The Housemaid by Amma Darko
- Can We Talk and other stories by Shimmer Chinodya
- The Ordained of the gods by Kwanima Boateng
- Mine Boy by Peter Abrahams
- The Witch of Lagbasi by Mawuli Adzei
- Chaka by Thomas Mofolo
- Money Galore by Amu Djoleto
- A Squatter’s Tale by Ike Oguine
- Dew In The Morning by Shimmer Chinodya
- Nile Baby by Elle Boehmer
- Arrows of Rain by Okey Ndibe
- The Mystery of The Haunted House by Ruby Yayra Goka
- Black Heat by J. Chobe
- 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