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Africa is a rich and diverse continent with interesting literary history. The people here faced several hardships that are relevant in literature even today. Mostly, African Literature stems out of themes of colonization and slavery.
The exotic literature of Africa is well-reflected through the below books:
A Girl is a Body of Water by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
Kirabo is a happy girl who lives with her family and friends. But her life seems to be incomplete. The absence of her mother pricks her heart. She tries to find her mother but in vain. This agony leads to a parallel rebellion force within her. Will she ever get the answer to her question?
This book talks about Ugandan history, generations of passing culture, and ‘mwenkanonkano’, i.e. meaning women’s movement and the feminist movement.
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
This powerful novel talks about the Igbo clan of Africa. With little contact with the outside world, the Igbos were self-restricted people. The man Okonkwo represents the clan as he becomes successful through hard work. He becomes the prominent member of the clan. But his fears and anger haunt every action of his.
A richly African book that analyses the African clans and intricate societies.
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
This novel follows the lives of Ugwu, Olanna, and Richard. Their lives are hell different. but the sudden entry of the Nigerian troops brings them together. The history of the Biafra state is expressed with great mastery by Adichie.
The symbol- half of a yellow sun signifies the arrival of a glorious future that’s ahead. The story of the book justifies the title aptly.
The Story of an African Farm by Olive Schreiner
This classic is one of the first African feminist novels. Em and Lyndall are exact opposites of each other. But just like a magnet’s opposites attract each other, these girls stick to each other. It is this attribute that brings to surface the African society’s rubric.
The book is not just about any farm but an entire belief system. It questions the value of men and women as each other’s counterparts and spirituality.
A Grain of Wheat by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
Set during the apex of Kenya’s independence from Britain, the book follows the story of a bunch of villagers. Their lives are at the brink of eternal change. Mugo is the hero of the village but he has a secret to hide. Kihika, Mumbi, Githua, Gikonyo, and several other members have their parables to tell.
A strong political narrative that hinges on colonialism, said through the stories of some vibrant characters.