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Niketche: A Story of Polygamy – Paulina Chiziane

A story about how these women all find out that their husband has many other wives, and how they find solidarity and solace with one other…

Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“Why did people ask ‘What is it about?’ as if a novel had to be about only one thing?”…

Disgrace – J M Coetzee

I keep this on my bookshelf as one of those books I know I will want to read again, and again after that…

The Famished Road – Ben Okri

I don’t know why The Famished Road takes me back to the time when, as a seven year old walking the streets of Lagos at night, I slipped and fell up to my waste in sewage in an open drain…

African Titanics – Abu Bakr Hamid Kahal

There’s been this huge outcry about migration in the past couple of years, and what African Titanics does is humanise the situation…

What Will People Say? – Rehana Rossouw

This book is about a family trying to raise a kid the best way they know how…

A General Theory of Oblivion – José Eduardo Agualusa

“Our capital is full of mysteries. I’ve seen things in this city that would be too much even in a dream…”

David’s Story – Zoe Wicomb

Unsure at first, given its unique narrative structure, I am now convinced it is one of the most accomplished pieces of literature I have ever read…

Measuring Time – Helon Habila

I left Nigeria when I was 11, so I read a lot of Nigerian authors to deal with homesickness. And then I came across Helon Habila…

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

This was a really helpful book to read at this point in my life – aged 21 and beginning to figure out the path ahead. Reading The Alchemist gave me confidence…

Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe

My dad gave me this book on my 18th birthday. When my uncle saw, he smiled and started reciting the title’s poem…

The Honey Guide – Richard Crompton

Every time I opened The Honey Guide, I could almost feel the Nairobi heat hit my face…

Ebola ’76 – Amir Tag Elsir

It’s kind of a black comedy, this book…

Sozaboy – Ken Saro-Wiwa

It really gives you a sense of a very working-class boy and his life. I feel that, a lot of the time, we don’t get that perspective…

July’s People – Nadine Gordimer

July’s People imagines a South Africa descended into violence and confusion…

Jebel Marra – Michelle Green

Green humanises the war in Darfur, offering the perspectives of 15 different people “just trying to make their way through chaos”…

The Fishermen – Chigozie Obioma

It is one of those books that grabs you and knocks you for ten…

We Need New Names – NoViolet Bulawayo

It was so shameless, so bold…