Ten African Novels You Should Know

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  • 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
  • Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe
  • The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born Ayi Kwei Armah

The Famished Road — Ben Okri

This novel's magical realism, time-travel and themes of corruption and colonialism earned Nigerian author Ben Okri a Man Booker Prize in 1991.

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