I could be wrong, but I think every one who went to an African school (primary or secondary), must have at some point read Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart”. I can’t speak for anyone else, but literature was the only class in which reading didn’t make me sleepy – well I take that back. When we had ugali for lunch I almost always lost to the force of gravity on my eyelids. Well anyways, I just read in The Economist, that this the golden jubilee year of Okonkwo’s Story. Its been 50 years since the book was first published and to date it’s been translated into 50 languages and sold 10million copies. Supposedly there have been parties all around the world from Portugal to Texas to London and Nigeria. I’m thinking Minnesota needs to have a HUGE yam festival too. Any takers?
Nonetheless, the memory of the joy I had from reading African literature makes me want to get back into the habit of reading African literature again. I am curious about the new novels out there and I am taking suggestions.
A couple of personal favorites (old school ones) I would like to share are;
*Tsitsi Dangarembga’s ‘Nervous Conditions’
*Ferdinand Oyono ‘Houseboy’
*Camara Laye ‘The Dark Child’
*Meja Mwangi’s ‘Striving For The Wind’
*Chimanda Ngozi Adichie ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’