Top 5: African Literature I Want To Read

I know I keep going on and on about Americanah and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, but that book opened my eyes to a world I was unaware of. It's made me want to read more books about African culture, so I thought I would share five of them

Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi

This is the story of a family that comes together after a death. I've heard that this book takes a look at all the people in this family, uncovering truths and lies. I think that sounds pretty great!

The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma

This book is set in Nigeria in the 90's and it's told from the perspective of a young boy who experiences an unforgettable childhood.

Waiting for the Barbarians by J. M. Coetzee

This is considered a modern classic, and though I don't really know what it's about, I know Coetzee is one of those "must-read" authors. Of his works, I find this the most intriguing.

salt. by Nayyirah Waheed

This is a poetry collection that explores language, culture and identity. As I've been making an effort to read more poetry lately, this popped up on my radar. 

The Hairdresser of Harare by Tendai Huchu

I don't really know what this is about either, but as hair is such an important part of Americanah, I thought perhaps this could be something interesting to read as well.

Let me know if you've read any of these, or if you have any recommendations for books about African culture!



  1. Your the first person I see you mentions Salt, I've read some exract and it blew me away and now I really want to read the whole collection!
    I also want to read Ghana Must Go, well... I actually started this toward the beginning of the year but it was not the right time so I put it aside and I'm waiting for the right time. The writing style is a bit stream-of-consciousness like so it was a bit hard for me to get into but I think when I try again it won't bother me.
    I also want to read The Hairdresser of Harare even though I know next to nothing about this book.

    I can recommend you another African author who's from Congo Sony Labou Tansi, the only book I read by him was Antipeople which a satire of the Congolese goverment at the time (1980ish) but the way he depicts the violence and despair in which Congolese poeple are is truly heartbreaking and makes one feel powerless.

    1. I want to read Salt so bad, but I can't find it anywhere without it costing so much :( But I will get my hands on it, one way or the other... I've read some extracts too, and it was mindblowing.

      I definitely need to be in the mood if I'm going to read a stream-of-consciousness book, so thanks for the tip :)

      Antipeople has been added to by TBR, thanks so much for the recommendation! Sounds gripping!

    2. Modern Poetry is definitely not cheap to buy... The only place I've found it so far is amazon and it is 20 euros (but it is still quite expensive... yet still some say that poetry doesn't have a prize).

      You're welcome :)


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