Nuruddin Farah: a life in writing by Maya Jaggi

Born in Baidoa in what was Italian Somaliland in 1945, Farah has produced a series of novels, plays, essays and journalistic reflections on his native Somalia.

Yvonne Vera

Born in 1964 in Bulawayo in what was then Southern Rhodesia, Vera’s life was cut tragically short when, in 2005, she died of meningitis aged just 40. She has come to be regarded as one of the most important sub-Saharan female novelists to have emerged in recent decades.

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.

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.

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.

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