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40 books by African Women You Should Read

By Chidinma Okere on 12 Mar, 2020

 From Chika Unigwe’s story on human trafficking and prostitution to Nawal El Saadawi’s Woman at Point Zero that shares the real life story of a female prisoner waiting for execution in Qanatir Prison, Wayetu Moore’s dramatic story of Liberia’s early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond and Dr Stella Nyanzi’s continued activism against dictatorship in No Roses From My Mouth, African women are championing conversations that are long overdue to be had.

Gender disparity in religion, health care, education, and how they affect women in different circumstances ranging from wealth to poverty and even war are finding more common place in books and in everyday discourses. Women from different countries on the continent are right at the heart of championing a revolution in the stories we tell.

Here’s a list of books by African female writers that you should absolutely get your hands on.

  1. Aegis by Isioma Onyegikei
  2. Akata Witch - Nnedi Okorafor
  3. Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  4. Aya of Yop City by Marguerite Abouet
  5. Black Mamba Boy by Nadifa Mohammed
  6. Black sisters speak out by Awa Thiam
  7. Changes: A love Story - Ama Ata Aidoo
  8. Children of Blood & Bone by Tomi_adeyemi
  9. Children of Virtue and Vengeance by tomi_adeyemi
  10. Cinderella By Any Other Name by Annemarie Musawale
  11. Daughters who walk this path Yejide Kilanko
  12. Disowned- Nina Iphechukwude Anyiaku
  13. Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
  14. Everything Good Will Come by Sefi Atta
  15. Ghana Must Go - Taiye Selasie
  16. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  17. House of stone by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma
  18. Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga
  19. Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangaremba
  20. New daughters of Africa - a collection of stories from 200 women edited by Margaret Busby
  21. News From Home by Sefi Atta
  22. No Roses From My Mouth by Stella Nyanzi.
  23. On Black sisters Street by Chika Unigwe
  24. Part of my Soul by Winnie Mandela
  25. Ripples in the pool by Rebeka Njau
  26. She Would Be King by Wayetu Moore.
  27. Cloth Girl by Marilyn Heward Mills
  28. So long a letter by Mariama Mariama Bâ
  29. Stay with me by Ayòbámi Adébáyò
  30. Teaching my Mother How to Give birth - Warsan Shire
  31. The Accidental Wife by Abimbola Dare
  32. The girl with the louding voice by Abimbola Dare
  33. The memory of love by Aminatta Forna
  34. The secret life of Baba Segi's wives  by Lola Shoneyin
  35. The Seven Necessary Sins For Women And Girls - Mona Eltahawy
  36. Thirteen months of Sunrise by Rania Mamoun
  37. Unbowed by Wangari Mathai
  38. We need new names by Noviolet Bulawayo
  39. We should all be feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  40. Woman at point zero by Nawal El Saadawi

This list certainly doesn’t cover all the exceptional books by amazing African women. Drop more ideas in the comments, we would like to hear from you. Visit our elibrary here or our physical place at 196, Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.