Read Around Africa Challenge

Read at least one book by an author from each country in Africa.

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41.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese EN

Rating: 4     344 Votes
Country: Africa / Ethiopia flag Ethiopia
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Twin brothers born from a secret love affair between an Indian nun and a British surgeon in Addis Ababa, Marion and Shiva Stone come of age in Ethiopia, where their love for the same woman drives them apart.
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Recommended: 02 Jan 2018
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The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste EN

Rating: 3     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Ethiopia flag Ethiopia
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A gripping novel set during Mussolini’s 1935 invasion of Ethiopia, The Shadow King takes us back to the first real conflict of World War II, casting light on the women soldiers who were left out of the historical record. With the threat of Mussolini’s army looming, recently orphaned Hirut struggles to adapt to her new life as a maid in Kidane and his wife Aster’s household. Kidane, an officer in Emperor Haile Selassie’s army, rushes to mobilize his strongest men before the Italians invade. His initial kindness to Hirut shifts into a flinty cruelty when she resists his advances, and Hirut finds... continue
Recommended: 20 Apr 2022
43.

Mema by Daniel M. Mengara EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
Country: Africa / Gabon flag Gabon
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Mema engages the reader with its dramatic tale of a woman struggling against the constraints of her community, yet proves to be a multi-layered novel exploring a culture in transition.
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Recommended: 20 Feb 2022
44.

The Fury and Cries of Women by Angèle Rawiri EN

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Country: Africa / Gabon flag Gabon
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Gabon’s first female novelist, Angèle Rawiri probed deeper into the issues that writers a generation before her—Mariama Bâ and Aminata Sow Fall—had begun to address. Translated by Sara Hanaburgh, this third novel of the three Rawiri published is considered the richest of her fictional prose. It offers a gripping account of a modern woman, Emilienne, who questions traditional values and seeks emancipation from them. Emilienne’s active search for feminism on her own terms is tangled up with cultural expectations and taboos of motherhood, marriage, polygamy, divorce, and passion. She completes he... continue
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Recommended: 20 Feb 2022
45.

Reading the Ceiling by Dayo Forster EN

Rating: 3     5 Votes
Country: Africa / Gambia flag Gambia
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Destiny can be decided in a moment. Reading the Ceiling is a remarkable achievement: fresh, funny and wholly authentic, it paints a compelling portrait of the modern African experience for women, and introduces a stunning new voice to contemporary fiction. Ayodele has just turned 18. It's definitely a milestone, but it isn't the only one: she's also decided -- having now reached womanhood -- that the time is right to lose her virginity. It's an understandable decision, but what she doesn't yet know is that her choice of suitor will have a drastic effect on the rest of her life... Three men. Th... continue
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Recommended: 20 Feb 2022
46.

Roots: The Enhanced Edition : The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley EN

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Country: Africa / Gambia flag Gambia
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First published forty years ago, Roots electrified the nation: it received a Pulitzer Prize and was a #1 New York Times bestseller for 22 weeks. In the four decades since then, the story of the young African slave Kunta Kinte and his descendants has lost none of its power to enthrall and provoke. Roots: The Enhanced Edition features rare interviews with author Alex Haley from the NBC News Archives that took place as the Roots phenomenon unfolded over 30 years ago. There are also photos, footage, and recordings from the Haley family, all of which provide a unique understanding of Alex Haley's j... continue
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Recommended: 20 Feb 2022
47.

The Graveyard Cannot Pray : One Man's Battle to Save His Daughter from Female Circumcision by Baba Galleh Jallow EN

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Country: Africa / Gambia flag Gambia
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This book is an autobiographical account of one man's struggle to save his daughter from being taken to the bush; a struggle that defies a harmful traditional practice and defective constructions of normality. Perhaps the first to articulate the battle against Female Genital Mutilation from an African male perspective, The Grave Yard Cannot Pray throws into sharp relief three interconnected phenomena: the communal nature of conflict and conflict resolution among the Futa Fulani, the Fulani notion of son-hood, and the potential complications that arise when the sanctity of tradition is stood in... continue
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Recommended: 20 Feb 2022
48.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi EN

Rating: 4     1080 Votes
Country: Africa / Ghana flag Ghana
Description:
"Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into two different tribal villages in 18th century Ghana. Effia will be married off to an English colonial, and will live in comfort in the sprawling, palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising half-caste children who will be sent abroad to be educated in England before returning to the Gold Coast to serve as administrators of the Empire. Her sister, Esi, will be imprisoned beneath Effia in the Castle's women's dungeon, and then shipped off on a boat bound for America, where she will be sold into slavery. Stretching from the t... continue
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Recommended: 02 Jan 2018
49.

7 Deadly Sins of Women in Leadership by Kate Coleman EN

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Country: Africa / Ghana flag Ghana
Description:
For the first time in modern history, God is placing women in strategic positions of influence and leadership within the church, public, corporate, charity and voluntary sectors, in unprecedented numbers. Women are called to flourish in these arenas. However, there are significant external and internal issues that hinder women in leadership in unique ways. In the 7 Deadly Sins of Women in Leadership, Kate Coleman considers what lies at the root of the many challenges facing women leaders and discusses ways of dealing with them. Effective leadership starts with you and she explains how to: Over... continue
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Recommended: 29 Mar 2020
50.

The Dilemma of a Ghost : Anowa : Two Plays by Ama Ata Aidoo EN

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Country: Africa / Ghana flag Ghana
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Two dramas depict the stories of a man who returns to his native Ghana with his sophisticated American wife, and a young woman who marries the man she loves, against her parents' wishes
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Recommended: 19 Feb 2022

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