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Africa's 100 Best Books
Creative Writing
 Africa's 100 Best Books of
 the 20th Century – Full List
• Introduction

  Children's Literature:
• Al-Homi–Tadjo

  Creative Writing:
• Achebe–Diebar
• Emecheta–Nyembezi
• Okigbo–Yacine

  Scholarship/Non-fiction:
• 
Amin–Van Onselen
 

Of the 100 Best Books on the list 3 authors are cited twice: Chinua Achebe for Things Fall Apart and the sequel Arrow of God; Wole Soyinka for Death and the King's Horsemen and Ake: The Years of Childhood; and Ngugi wa Thiong'o for Caitaani Mutharabai-ni and A Grain of Wheat.

The list includes all three African Nobel Laureates for Literature: Wole Soyinka (1986), Naguib Mahfouz (1988) with The Cairo Trilogy, and Nadine Gordimer (1991) with Burgher's Daughter; and four presidents: Nelson Mandela (president of South Africa 1994-99) with Long Walk to Freedom, Jomo Kenyatta (president of Kenya 1964–78) with Facing Mount Kenya, Kwame Nkhrmah (prime minister 1957–60 and president 1960–66 of Ghana) with Ghana: Autobiographiy of Kwame Nkrumah, and Léopold Sédar Senghor (president of Senegal from 1960–80) with Oeuvre Poétique.

Unfortunately not all of the 100 books are still in print, and some of the rest are not easy to find. Kudos, therefore, must be extended to Heinemann who list 16 of the titles in their African Writers Series.

Creative Writing
Buchi EMECHETA
(Nigeria)
The Joys of Motherhood
Daniel O FAGUNWA
(Nigeria)
Ogboju Ode Ninu Igbo Irunmale
(Trans. A Forest of a Thousand Deamons)
Nuruddin FARAH
(Somalia)
Maps
Athol FUGARD
(South Africa)
The Blood Knot
Jamal al-GHITANI
(Egypt)
Zayni Barakat
Nadine GORDIMER
(South Africa)
Burgher's Daughter
Bessie HEAD
(South Africa)
A Question of Power
Luis Bernardo HONWANA
(Mozambique)
Nos Matamos o cão Tinhoso
(Trans. We Killed Mangy Dog)
Chenjerai HOVE
(Zimbabwe)
Bones
Moses ISEGAWA
(Uganda)
Abessijnse Kronieken
(Trans. Abyssinian Chronicles)
Archibald Campbell JORDAN
(South Africa)
Ingqumbo yeminyanya
(Trans. The Wrath of the Ancestors)
Elsa JOUBERT
(South Africa)
Die Swerdjare van Poppie Nongena
Cheikh Hamidou KANE
(Senegal)
L'aventure Ambiguë
(Trans. Ambiguous Adventure)
Ungulani Ba Ka KOSSA
(Mozambique)
Ualalapi
Ahmadou KOUROUMA
(Côte d'Ivoire)
Les Soleils des Indépendances
Camara LAYE
(Guinea)
L'enfant Noir
Sindiwe MAGONA
(South Africa)
Living, Loving and Lying Awake at Night
Naguib MAHFOUZ
(Egypt)
The Cairo Trilogy
Dambudzo MARECHERA
(Zimbabwe)
House of Hunger
Thomas Mokopu MOFOLO
(Lesotho)
Chaka
Tierno Monenembo
(Guinea)
Un Attieké pour Elgass
Vusamazulu Credo MUTWA
(South Africa)
Indaba, My Children
NGUGI wa Thiong'o
(Kenya)
Caitaani Mutharaba-ini
NGUGI wa Thiong'o
(Kenya)
A Grain of Wheat
Djibril Tamsir NIANE
(Senegal)
Soundjata ou L'épopée Mandingue
Sibusiso NYEMBEZI
(South Africa)
Inkinnsela yaseMgungundlovu


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