5 Books by African writers that I enjoyed reading in 2019

5 Books by african writers that i enjoyed reading in 2019

One of my 2019’s new year’s resolutions was to read more books by African authors. Even though I have been a lover of book for a long time, I rarely read anything written by Africans or set in Africa… yet I called myself an African writer. The paradox. So as 2019 was starting, I made a deliberate decision to start reading Africa. I am happy to say that I have been able to do just that. I still read work by authors from other continents but last year I read more work by Africans than I did by authors of other continents (This is the part where you clap hands for me).

And as expected, there were some books that I didnt particularly enjoy, and some that I absolutely loved.

As we are in the early days of 2020, I just thought I could share 5 books by African writers that I really enjoyed reading in 2019

My sister, the serial killer

Author: Oyinkan Braithwaite

Publication date: November 20, 2018

Genre: Thriller, Crime fiction, Satire, Novel


When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This’ll be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede’s long been in love with him, and isn’t prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other

Who fears death

Author: Nnedi Okorafor

Publication date: June 1, 2010

Genre: Science fiction, fantasy fiction, Novel


In a far future, post-nuclear-holocaust Africa, genocide plagues one region. The aggressors, the Nuru, have decided to follow the Great Book and exterminate the Okeke. But when the only surviving member of a slain Okeke village is brutally raped, she manages to escape, wandering farther into the desert. She gives birth to a baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand and instinctively knows that her daughter is different. She names her daughter Onyesonwu, which means “Who Fears Death?” in an ancient African tongue.

Reared under the tutelage of a mysterious and traditional shaman, Onyesonwu discovers her magical destiny – to end the genocide of her people. The journey to fulfill her destiny will force her to grapple with nature, tradition, history, true love, the spiritual mysteries of her culture – and eventually death itself.

Water birds on the lakeshore

Editor: Zukiswa Wanner

Publication date: October 24, 2019

Genre: Young Adult, Anthology


Written by 17 authors from all over Africa, the anthology contains stories whose main audience is the African Young Adult (the African teenager). The stories in the anthology range from the fantastical to observations of youth in war situations and the mysteries of death; to personal questions about family, friendships and sexuality. Despite the wide-ranging topics, what all these stories have in common is that they are written in young adults’ voices – familiar to anyone who has ever been (or is) at the start of adult life. Voices that are at times assertive, sometimes uncertain but always aware of a world around them.

Azotus the kingdom

Author: Shadreck Chikoti

Genre: Science fiction, fantasy fiction, Novel


In the future Africa, the subjects or occupants of Azotus’ kingdom each live alone in comfortable homes, their every need catered for by the comprehensive housekeeping services. When Kamoto, occupant of house number G8 ventures outdoors for the first time, he begins to question why he has spent his entire life inside and without  human contact, connected to the world only by his Tele-communication curtain. What begins as a story of one man’s growing awareness of his basic human need for love, physical connection, and freedom becomes a fast-paced thriller about the future governance, and technology as a mean of control.

Lomathinda: Rose Chibambo speaks

Author: Timwa Lipenga

Publication date: December 12, 2019

Genre: Biography


In this book Rose Chibambo, the woman on the MK200 not shares her life story, from surviving a difficult birth to forging a women’s movement. In a series of intimate conversations with Malawian scholar Timwa Lipenga, Chibambo traces the origins of her family, her culture, her commitment to building a post-colonial nation—and the heavy price she paid for it. Lipenga set out to interview Chibambo as part of a project focussed on untold stories of Malawian women. Lipenga said, “The more I read about Rose Chibambo, the more I was stunned that I had not come across her name even though I studied Malawian history as an undergraduate. Who was she?”

Lomathinda: Rose Chibambo speaks


So these were my top 5 books by African writers that I enjoyed in 2019. I cannot wait to read more African books this 2020. Are you planning on joining me?

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