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

My Sister, the Serial Killer
The Girl with the Louding Voice
At Night All Blood is Black
The Death of Vivek Oji
His Only Wife
The Promise
Behold the Dreamers
How Beautiful We Were
Butter Honey Pig Bread
Stay with Me
The Shadow King
The Fortune Men
Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1)
Half of a Yellow Sun
Purple Hibiscus
The Thing Around Your Neck
So Long a Letter
We Should All Be Feminists
No Longer at Ease (The African Trilogy, #2)
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Lailah Gifty Akita
Africa! Africa! Africa! Africa my motherland! Africa, your people cries for you! Africans must educate their citizens. Africans must reach out to it's people and empower them to build the nation. Africans you are the only people who can liberated your citizens from poverty through education. Africans must pay the price to rebuild the continent. ...more
Lailah Gifty Akita

Chinua Achebe
What I can say is that it was clear to many of us that an indigenous African literary renaissance was overdue. A major objective was to challenge stereotypes, myths, and the image of ourselves and our continent, and to recast them through stories- prose, poetry, essays, and books for our children. That was my overall goal.
Chinua Achebe, There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra

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