Books

The Face: Cartography of the Void by Chris Abani

Part of a wonderfully eccentric series from Restless Books, Chris Abani’s exploration of his own face is a kind of mini-memoir, unpacking the histories, stories, and genealogies contained (and fetishized) inside this window to the soul. It’s a quick and easy read, a minor work by a major writer, though it will give you a good sense of why you should continue on and sample his poetry—Sanctificum, for example, is magnificent.

Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Born in Kamiriithu, Kenya, in 1938, Thiong’o is one of the most celebrated African intellectuals and writers. He has enjoyed international acclaim as a novelist, essayist, playwright, social commentator and activist.

BOOK REVIEW: Africa’s Industrialization & Prosperity

In a new book titled “Africa’s Industrialization & Prosperity: From Esau Syndrome to Structural Adjustment Strategy,” renowned Ugandan journalist and editor David Ssepuuya combines personal anecdotes from several African countries with research and data from institutions like the World Bank, to show his concern that the occasional bubbles of growth on the continent never morph into prosperity.

Ayi Kwei Armah

Born in Takoradi, Ghana, in 1939, Armah is widely considered one of the most important African writers to have emerged in the post-colonial period. Educated at Harvard, Armah has worked as a translator and scriptwriter, in addition to his activities as a novelist.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Adichie is often spoken of in the same breath as Achebe, with many believing she has assumed his creative mantel. She is widely regarded as one of the most important voices to have emerged in contemporary African literature and has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards.

Review of Jeffery Gettleman’s ‘Love, Africa’ Book by Francis Tapon

You might expect to read swashbuckling tales of Gettleman putting his life at risk in the name of getting a good story. Don’t worry, you’ll get plenty of that. You’ll also get a deeply personal book about his other major love: his wife, Courtenay Morris. Love, Africa reveals how they first met at Cornell University, their long-distance struggles, their marriage and their rocky moments.

Mariama Bâ

Mariama Ba's life and work were preoccupied with issues such as gender relations, power and inequality, as well as the ways in which these were framed and affected by African and Islamic cultural beliefs.

The Miseducation of Obi Ifeanyi

Obi got home to find Ike asleep beside Nkechi while she watched television. Seeing the image of his family, the one he had consciously created, made it crystal clear to him that these two people were his main priority in life. This was his wife and his son, and he had chosen them.