Half of a Yellow Sun

26 January 2020 | 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

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

26 January 2020 | 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

Purple Hibiscus

26 January 2020 | 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

Aya (Aya #1)

26 January 2020 | 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


26 January 2020 | 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


26 January 2020 | 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

Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria

26 January 2020 | 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

There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra

26 January 2020 | 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

Allah is Not Obliged

26 January 2020 | 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,

The Fishermen

26 January 2020 | By Chigozie Obioma | Filed in: western africa.

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize Astonishing remarkable, mythic Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple Impressive and beautifully imagined EconomistIn a small town in western Nigeria, four young brothers take advantage of their strict father s absence from home to go fishing at a

The Viceroy of Ouidah

26 January 2020 | 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

God's Bits of Wood

26 January 2020 | 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 Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives

26 January 2020 | 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

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears

26 January 2020 | By Verna Aardema | Filed in: western africa.

In this Caldecott Medal winner, Mosquito tells a story that causes a jungle disaster Elegance has become the Dillons hallmark Matching the art is Aardema s uniquely onomatopoeic text An impressive showpiece Booklist, starred review.Winner of Caldecott Medalin 1976 and the Brooklyn