Half of a Yellow Sun

16 September 2019 | By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | Filed in: western africa.

A masterly, haunting new novel from a writer heralded by The Washington Post Book World as the 21st century daughter of Chinua Achebe, Half of a Yellow Sun re creates a seminal moment in modern African history Biafra s impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria in the 19

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

16 September 2019 | By Ishmael Beah | Filed in: western africa.

The devastating story of war through the eyes of a child soldier Beah tells how, at the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence By thirteen, he d been picked up by the government army, and became a soldier My new friends have begun to suspec

Purple Hibiscus

16 September 2019 | By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | Filed in: western africa.

Fifteen year old Kambili and her older brother Jaja lead a privileged life in Enugu, Nigeria They live in a beautiful house, with a caring family, and attend an exclusive missionary school They re completely shielded from the troubles of the world Yet, as Kambili reveals in her tender voiced acco

Aya (Aya #1)

16 September 2019 | By Marguerite Abouet | Filed in: western africa.

That s what I wanted to show in Aya an Africa without the war and famine, an Africa that endures despite everything because, as we say back home, life goes on Marguerite Abouet Ivory Coast, 1978 Family and friends gather at Aya s house every evening to watch the country s first television

Americanah

16 September 2019 | By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | Filed in: western africa.

Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military ruled Nigeria for the West Beautiful, self assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join

Homegoing

16 September 2019 | By Yaa Gyasi | Filed in: western africa.

A novel of breathtaking sweep and emotional power that traces three hundred years in Ghana and along the way also becomes a truly great American novel Extraordinary for its exquisite language, its implacable sorrow, its soaring beauty, and for its monumental portrait of the forces that shape famili

The Fishermen

16 September 2019 | By Chigozie Obioma | Filed in: western africa.

A striking debut novel about an unforgettable childhood, by a Nigerian writer the New York Times has crowned the heir to Chinua Achebe Told by nine year old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, THE FISHERMEN is the Cain and Abel esque story of a childhood in Nigeria, in the small town of Akure

Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria

16 September 2019 | By Noo Saro-Wiwa | Filed in: western africa.

Noo Saro Wiwa was brought up in England, but every summer she was dragged back to Nigeria a country she viewed as an annoying parallel universe where she had to relinquish all her creature comforts and sense of individuality Then her father, activist Ken Saro Wiwa, was murdered there, and she didn

There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra

16 September 2019 | By Chinua Achebe | Filed in: western africa.

From the legendary author of Things Fall Apart comes a longawaited memoir about coming of age with a fragile new nation, then watching it torn asunder in a tragic civil warThe defining experience of Chinua Achebe s life was the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War, of 1967 1970 The con

Allah is Not Obliged

16 September 2019 | By Ahmadou Kourouma | Filed in: western africa.

ALLAH IS NOT OBLIGED TO BE FAIR ABOUT ALL THE THINGS HE DOES HERE ON EARTH.These are the words of the boy soldier Birahima in the final masterpiece by one of Africa s most celebrated writers, Ahmadou Kourouma When ten year old Birahima s mother dies, he leaves his native village in the Ivory Coast,

God's Bits of Wood

16 September 2019 | By Ousmane Sembène | Filed in: western africa.

In 1947 the workers on the Dakar Niger Railway came out on strike Throughout this novel, written from the workers perspective, the community social tensions emerge, and increase as the strike lengthens Ousmane Semb ne envinces the color, passion, and tragedy of those formative years in the history

The Viceroy of Ouidah

16 September 2019 | By Bruce Chatwin | Filed in: western africa.

In 1812, Francisco Manoel da Silva, escaping a life of poverty in Brazil, sailed to the African kingdom of Dahomey, determined to make his fortune in the slave trade Armed with nothing but an iron will, he became a man of substance in Ouidah and the founder of a remarkable dynasty His one remainin

We Should All Be Feminists

16 September 2019 | By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | Filed in: western africa.

What does feminism mean today That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently argued essay adapted from her much viewed TEDx talk of the same name by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award winning author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun With humor and l

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives

16 September 2019 | By Lola Shoneyin | Filed in: western africa.

African born poet Lola Shoneyin makes her fiction debut with The Secret Lives of Babi Segi s Wives, a perceptive, entertaining, and eye opening novel of polygamy in modern day Nigeria The struggles, rivalries, intricate family politics, and the interplay of personalities and relationships within th