Hello Friends, Happy Thursday!Early last year I joined an African Literature Book Club (Also Known as the Afro-Literarians). You can check out the book club website here It has definitely changed and opened up my world of Literature to a whole new level. I also have come to understand what it Africa is all about through each of these uniquely different stories and characters told through these very talented writers/authors. We ended up reading four amazingly interesting stories about government, being a foreigner, the traditional views and perspectives of motherhood and what it truly means to be an African living in the 21st century. Reading is an activity that I love to do and I wanted to share and com highly recommended. There 4 books, take you on a journey through the African continent and travel through reading. Like the show, "Reading Rainbow" these stories take you to many different places and exciting imaginative travels through your mind. Its a great way to relax indoors in the winter time. Check out what I wore when I spent the day at a local cafe reading, the Wizard of the Crow, which I highly recommended! Last year I also got to attend the African Film Festival Premiere of "Half of a Yellow Sun" where I had the pleasure of meeting the author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie through a book signing! Check out the full post here. Reading in the Winter is definitely a relaxing way to enjoy weekends! My book list is below. Enjoy!
Read the Blog post and Outfit Details: Reading is Fashion too
Here's the Book List! Read the Blurbs and Links are Below!
1. The Wizard of the Crow by Ngugi Wa Thiong'o
In exile now for more than twenty years, Kenyan novelist, playwright, poet and critic Ngugi wa Thiong’o has become one of the most widely read African writers. Commencing in “our times” and set in the fictional “Free Republic of Aburiria,” Wizard of the Crow dramatizes with corrosive humor and keenness of observation a battle for control of the souls of the Aburirian people. Fashioning the stories of the powerful and the ordinary into a dazzling mosaic, this magnificent novel reveals humanity in all its endlessly surprising complexity.- Amazon
*Read a complete summary here
2. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A powerful, tender story of race and identity by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun. Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland. - Amazon
3. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
With effortless grace, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra's impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria during the late 1960s. We experience this tumultuous decade alongside five unforgettable characters: Ugwu, a thirteen-year-old houseboy who works for Odenigbo, a university professor full of revolutionary zeal; Olanna, the professor’s beautiful young mistress who has abandoned her life in Lagos for a dusty town and her lover’s charm; and Richard, a shy young Englishman infatuated with Olanna’s willful twin sister Kainene. Half of a Yellow Sun is a tremendously evocative novel of the promise, hope, and disappointment of the Biafran war.- Amazon
*Check out the Full Blog Post, African Film Festival: Half of a Yellow Sun Premiere
4. The Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta
First published in 1979, The Joys of Motherhood is the story of Nnu Ego, a Nigerian woman struggling in a patriarchal society. Unable to conceive in her first marriage, Nnu is banished to Lagos where she succeeds in becoming a mother. Then, against the backdrop of World War II, Nnu must fiercely protect herself and her children when she is abandoned by her husband and her people. Emecheta “writes with subtlety, power, and abundant compassion” (New York Times).- Amazon
If you could only pick one African story to read this year, which one would you choose?
Thank you for Reading. Until Next time.
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