10 Afropolitan Writers You Should Know

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  • Taiye Selasi
  • Olufemi Terry
  • Aminatta Forna
  • Kabelo “Sello” Duiker
  • Alain Mabanckou
  • 10 Afropolitan Writers You Should Know
  • Dinaw Mengestu
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Helen Oyeyemi
  • NoViolet Bulawayo
  • Teju Cole

Alain Mabanckou

Renowned Congolese-French author Alain Mabanckou’s 2013 fictionalized memoir Tomorrow I’ll Be Twenty, about a 10-year-old growing up in the People’s Republic of Congo, includes Chinese doctors, Indian movies, Senegalese shopkeepers and the French who “go on looking after our oil for us,” according to the protagonist. Praised for his probing thoughtfulness and exuberant satire, Mabanckou has been called a "shining ambassador for the French language."

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