The new novel by Nigerian icon Wole Soyinka is at once satire, political thriller and tragedy. It is the work of a great writer that marks the destruction of postcolonial reason.
He is the first writer from sub-Saharan Africa to lift the Prix Goncourt, one of the book world’s most important prizes. And his win matters.
Abdulrazak Gurnah’s stories suggest that it is important to see others in relation to ourselves, to perceive their right of abode even if they cannot claim national belonging.
The power in Gurnah’s writing lies in his ability to complicate the Manichean divisions of enemies and friends.
The shocking story at the centre of When the Village Sleeps is as heartbreaking as it is - ultimately - full of hope.
For parents, skin colour is often a difficult subject and dealing with it through storytelling can be a useful aid.
The public politics of African writers has been in the spotlight again due to the bitter disagreement between Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Akwaeke Emezi over transgender issues.
The French-Senegalese author’s novel At Night All Blood is Black is a harrowing and politically profound story of a Senegalese soldier fighting for the French in the first World War.
Her 1975 novel demonstrated a far more radical feminism than was common in Africa and the Arab world – a precursor of the #MenAreTrash anger of today.
A literary icon, her autobiographies offer a way of understanding the country’s brutal past in order to heal and move forward.
According to a new book, the friendships among women in the novel reveal its author Sol T. Plaatje’s view of effective political struggle.
J.P Clark’s work moved beyond agitating for justice in Nigeria’s Niger Delta. He was in love with nature.
Western critics hailed the 1952 book as a great work of African fantasy. In fact it’s better understood as a pioneering work of African science fiction.
Hundreds of handwritten letters found in an archive have revealed the real import of the writer’s enduring influence.
Even in a world where 99% of the male population is dead, patriarchy is still a very comfortable pair of shoes and very easy to slip into.
African academics draw up a reading list that speaks to the vibrancy of contemporary as well as older African literature.
Its critics complain that current Afrodiasporic literature is not in tune with everyday life on the continent. They see its versions of Africa as sanitised and Westernised.