Spotlight on African Authors
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The fallout from President Trump’s alleged comments on African nations has continued in full force, with South Africa and Ghana adding themselves to the list of countries that have called US diplomats to meet with their governments.
For further context read Trump Questions Taking Immigrants From 'Shithole Countries'
Rather than be dragged down by vulgar language and small-minded views we should take the opportunity to instead celebrate African culture and self-expression, and for myself, that means diving into the literature of great African authors, many of whom have been at the forefront of literary discussion and acclaim in recent years.
Of course, it would be a mistake for me to represent Africa as a single homogenous unit. With over 50 countries, there is a wealth of diverse cultures, languages and ethnicities to be found within each country, let alone the continent of Africa as a whole. The idea that this vast and complex space can be summed up in a single word, any single word at that, is plainly ridiculous. Instead this list hopes to look at the representations of life across these various countries, with all their struggles and hardships but also their exuberance, and vibrancy.
For this list we will put the spotlight on 8 novels by African authors, from across the continent. To reach as far as possible we are choosing works from 8 different countries. This of course still only covers a tiny fraction of the incredible and exciting literature being produced at the moment (to say nothing of the great nonfiction, poetry, and short story writing being published). Please do comment your own favourites and recommendations below this article.