Chinua Achebe. Things Fall Apart. Wole Woyinka. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. These are the familiar writers and book titles that feature on African literature lists. It’s hardly surprising since they are among the greats – and we are of course big fans – but Africa has contributed so much more to the art of writing that also deserves to be recognised. And at long last it seems that the international community is starting to recognise that more and more. So we have narrowed down a selection of five lists of books and novelists that show a range of African literature from classic to contemporary. Let us know what you think. Do you have any favourite lists of your own? If so, please share with us in on Facebook or Twitter.
Our sister programme Gateway for Africa, the event listings and culture blog teamed up with Bookshy to compile this list of books by African women that we think that you should read. You can find part two here
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