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The Most Anticipated African Books To Read In 2018

The Most Anticipated African Books To Read In 2018

The year 2017 was an exciting time with great reads bursting at its seams for the African literati. A debut year for some amazing books both fiction and nonfiction which redefined the literary landscape with themes that challenged socio-cultural sphere across the world. It was undisputedly a remarkable year for women writers who graced our bookshelves with incredible titles including ‘What We Lose – Zinzi Clemmons, ‘Stay With Me – Ayobami Adebayo’, ‘ A Moonless, Starless Star – Alexis Okeowo’, ‘Hunger – Roxanne Gay, ‘Dear Ijeweale Or A Feminist Manifesto In 15 Suggestions – Chimamanda Adichie’, Binti: Home – Nnedi Okoroafor, ‘The Power – Naomi Alderman’ amongst others.

But there is still a lot to be savoured in 2018, as it promises to be another great year in books for African literature especially which is burgeoning with startling international interest. Some of these anticipated titles for 2018 cut across different genres including fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama.

Freshwater – Akwaeke Emezi (Grove Atlantic)

Freshwater explores the surreal experience of having a fractured self. Akwaeke’s debut novel is narrated from the perspective of the many selves within Ada, and based in the author’s realities. It explores the metaphysics of identity and mental health, plunging the reader into the mystery of being and self.

 Happiness – Aminatta Forna (Bloomsbury)

Happiness is a delicate yet powerful novel of loves lost and new, of past griefs and of the hidden side of a multicultural metropolis.  Aminatta Forna asks us to consider the values of the society we live in, our co-existence with one another and all living creatures – and the true nature of happiness.

Speak No Evil – Uzodinma Iweala (Harper Collins)

Uzodinma’s second novel explores being different in a fundamentally conformist society and how that difference plays out in our inner and outer struggles. Speak No Evil is a novel about the power of words and self-identification, about who gets to speak and who has the power to speak for other people.

Binti: The Night Masquerade – Nnedi Okoroafor (Tom Doherty Associates)

Binti: The Night Masquerade is the concluding part of the highly-acclaimed science fiction trilogy that began with Nnedi Okorafor’s Hugo- and Nebula Award-winning BINTI.  Once again it is up to Binti, and her intriguing new friend Mwinyi, to intervene—and try to prevent a war that could wipe out her people, once and for all.

Children Of Blood And Bone – Tomi Adeyemi (Pan Macmillan)

Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. But everything changed the night magic disappeared.

Brit(ish) – Afua Hirsch (Penguin Books)

Afua Hirsch reveals the identity crisis at the heart of Britain today, while blending history, memoir and individual experiences. Britain is a nation in denial about its past and its present. Brit(ish) is the story of how and why this came to be, and an urgent call for change.

Hold – Michael Donkor (4th Estate)

Hold is a story which explores the relationship between a masters’ daughter and which was set in London and Ghana. It is an exceptionally captivating read from a new African voice which explores the issues of navigation across different cultural spaces.

 

Written By: Torinmo Salau

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January 12th, 2018

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