Books to read in 2020 from African authors – BBC Africa Book Club

From Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to Yaa Gyasi, we had a lot of favourites on our list of African authors who shaped our 2019. Watch as BBC Africa’s teams in Nairobi and Lagos tell you which author left an impact in their year.

***Full list of books/authors mentioned***
The Concubine – Elechi Amadi
Tropical Dish – Doreen Baingana
Haben – Haben Girma
My Sister the Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite
Season of Crimson Blossoms – Abubakar Adam Ibrahim
Dear Ijeawele – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Moses and the School Farm – Barbara Kimenye
Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Measuring Time – Helon Habila
The Hairdresser of Harare – Tendai Huchu
Lagoon – Nnedi Okorafor
The Dragonfly Sea – Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
An Orchestra of Minorities – Chigozie Obioma


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    1. I recommend a book called "What They Meant For Evil" by Rebecca Deng. She tells the story of her journey from Sudan to the Kakuma Refugee camp to the USA. I did an interview with here and was really impacted by her book.

    2. Americanah 🤍🤍

    3. "Zikora" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This Short story is my favorite because of the tone, diction…which is simple, and the storyline speaks to every areas of life.

    4. Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi

    5. Are any of these books local books (i.e books by local African authors), or just books that have been endorsed by the West? My personal favorite book by an African author remains Eteka: Rise of the Imamba by Ben Hinson. It’s a pure action historical thriller which is a rarity in African writing.

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    7. 2016 Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. I really enjoyed the autobiography

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    9. "Under the Udala Trees" (2015) by Chinelo Okparanta is a fascinating novel.

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    12. "Beyond the fourth Heritage" by Emmanuel S Kirunda was and is still my favourite book. It changed my mindset as an African. I wish all Africans could read it.

    13. things fall apart dady Chinua Achebe

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    15. #BBCAfricaBookClub my first book of 2020 is a collection of essays edited by Niq Mhlongo the book is titled black tax.

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    18. Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane. I discovered the book on Audible and what an eye opener it was! 👁 👁

    19. The Concubine By Elechi Amadi 
      Tropical Fish By Doreen Balngana
      Haben By Haben Girma 
      My Sister the Serial Killer By Oyinka Braithwaite
      Season of Crimson Blossoms By Abubaakar Adams Ibrahim
      Dear Ijeawele or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 
      Moses in the School Farm By Barbra Kimenye
      Homegoing By Ya Gyasi
      Americanah By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 
      Measuring Time By Helon Habila
      The Hairdresser in Harare By Tendai Huchu 
      Lagoon By Nnedi Okorafor
      The Dragonfly By Yvonne Adiambo Owuor 
      An Orchestra of Minorities By Chigozie Obioma 
      Half of a Yellow Sun By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    20. My favorite read of 2019 was Americanah. It is definitely the best novel published in the 21st century that I have read so far. I'm gonna check-out some of the other books on this video as well. Thank you all for making these book club videos.

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