Akwaeke Emezi and Alain Mabanckou
Photo credit: Akwaeke Emezi (left) and Alain Mabanckou (right)
Photo source: Al Jazeera
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Combining the keepers of the literary faction and exciting new voices, the titles in our list feature a number of the simplest books by African writers. These are published in 2020 to excavate a forgotten history, reflect on life today and manoeuvre through an uncertain future.

The selection below may be a mixture of fiction and non-fiction, essays and poetry, all representing an exciting year in African literature.

  • Chronicles of the Happiest People on Earth – Wole Soyinka
  • The First Woman/A Girl Is A Body of Water – Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
  • Travelling While Black: Essays Inspired by a Life on the Move – Nanjala Nyabola
  • Afterland – Lauren Beukes
  • The Death of Vivek Oji – Akwaeke Emezi
  • Transcendent Kingdom – Yaa Gyasi
  • The Death of Comrade President – Alain Mabanckou
  • The Akashic Noir Series – Accra, Addis Ababa, Johannesburg and Nairobi Noir
  • No Roses From My Mouth – Stella Nyanzi
  • Stranger Faces – Namwali Serpell
  • Six Years With Al Qaeda: The Stephen McGown Story – Tudor Caradoc-Davies

Data source: Al Jazeera

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