Ten African Novels You Should Know

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  • Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
  • The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born Ayi Kwei Armah
  • Maru Bessie Head
  • Weep Not Child — Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
  • The Famished Road Ben Okri
  • Half of a Yellow Sun — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • So Long a Letter — Mariama Ba
  • Our Sister Killjoy — Ama Ata Aidoo
  • The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears Dinaw Mengestu
  • Butterfly Burning — Yvonne Vera

The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born — Ayi Kwei Armah

This fictional commentary on corruption is centered on the life of an unnamed Ghanaian rail worker who is pressured to accept bribes and indulge in other corrupt activities for the material gain of his family.

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