African Literature

African literature refers to literature of and from Africa. As George Joseph notes on the first page of his chapter on African literature in Understanding Contemporary Africa, while the European perception of literature generally refers to written letters, the African concept includes oral literature.
As George Joseph continues, while European views of literature often stressed a separation of art and content, African awareness is inclusive:

"Literature" can also imply an artistic use of words for the sake of art alone. ... traditionally, Africans do not radically separate art from teaching. Rat
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My Sister, the Serial Killer
Someday, Maybe
The Promise
The Girl with the Louding Voice
The Visit (Black Stars, #1)
Afterlives
Zikora
The Death of Vivek Oji
At Night All Blood is Black
Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband?
Wahala
Sankofa
Stay with Me
Treasure
Freshwater
Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1)
Half of a Yellow Sun
Americanah
Purple Hibiscus
Homegoing
The Thing Around Your Neck
Disgrace
We Should All Be Feminists
So Long a Letter
No Longer at Ease (The African Trilogy, #2)
The First Wife by Paulina ChizianeSleepwalking Land by Mia CoutoGungunhana by Ungulani Ba Ka KhosaChoriro by Ungulani Ba Ka KhosaRain by Mia Couto
Literature of Mozambique
28 books — 5 voters

Segu by Maryse CondéMathématiques congolaises by In Koli Jean BofaneDésert by J.M.G. Le ClézioL'Étranger by Albert CamusSous L'orage (Kany)Roman, Suivi De La Mort De Chaka, Pièce En... by Seydou Badian
Afrique Francophone
25 books — 3 voters

Things Fall Apart by Chinua AchebeHalf of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichiePurple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieAmericanah by Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieSo Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ
African Fiction
568 books — 431 voters


Idowu Koyenikan
Most people write me off when they see me. They do not know my story. They say I am just an African. They judge me before they get to know me. What they do not know is The pride I have in the blood that runs through my veins; The pride I have in my rich culture and the history of my people; The pride I have in my strong family ties and the deep connection to my community; The pride I have in the African music, African art, and African dance; The pride I have in my name and the meaning behind it. ...more
idowu koyenikan, Wealth for all Africans: How Every African Can Live the Life of Their Dreams

William Pitt the Younger
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