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African Writers You Need To Check Out Today

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African writers actively play a part in portraying African culture through their stories. These young writers are telling stories that reflect the history, experiences, and everyday lives of contemporary Africans. Here are a few writers making a mark that you need to check out and read their books.

Caleb Azumah Nelson

Caleb Azumah Nelson
Caleb Azumah Nelson

He is a British Ghanaian writer and photographer whose novel, “Open water” won the Costa book award. Caleb Azumah Nelson’s writing has been published in Litro and The White Review. His short story “Pray” was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award (2020).

Yaa Gyasi

Yaa Gyasi
Yaa Gyasi

A Ghanaian-American novelist whose debut novel, “Homegoing’ was inspired by a 2009 trip to Ghana, her first since leaving the country as an infant. Ta-Nehisi Coates selected Homegoing for the National Book Foundation’s 2016 “5 under 35” award. The novel was also chosen for the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award, the PEN/Hemingway award for the best first book, and the American Book Award for contributions to diversity in American literature.

Damilare Kuku

Damilare Kuku
Damilare Kuku

Damilare Kuku is new to Nigeria’s literary scene. Her short story collection, “Nearly All The Men in Lagos Are Mad”, came with a buzz. Released in October 2021, the book is a collection of twelve salient tales of young Nigerians in Lagos. Capturing the city’s complexion, it grapples with themes like love, sex, deceit, infidelity, companionship, and heartbreak.

Akwaeke Emezi

 Akwaeke Emezi
Akwaeke Emezi

Akwaeke Emezi is a Nigerian fiction writer and video artist, best known for their novels “Freshwater”, “Pet”, and the New York Times bestselling novel “The Death of Vivek Oji”. Emezi is a generalist who writes speculative fiction, romance, memoir, and poetry for adults with mostly LGBT themes. Emezi’s work has had several nominations including the Otherwise Award and Commonwealth Short Story Prize. In 2021, Time featured Emezi as a Next Generation Leader.

Francesca Ekwuyasi

Francesca Ekwuyasi
Francesca Ekwuyasi

Francesca Ekwuyasi is a multidisciplinary artist from Lagos, Nigeria. Francesca’s debut novel, “Butter Honey Pig Bread”, was longlisted for the 2020 Giller Prize, was a finalist for CBC’s 2021 Canada Reads, the 2021 Lambda Literary Award, the 2021 Governor General’s Award, the 2021 Amazon Canada First Novel Award, and the 2021 ReLit Award. Butter Honey Pig Bread was recently longlisted for the 2022 Dublin Literary Award. Her story “Ọrun is Heaven” was longlisted for the 2019 Journey Prize.

Kwei Quartey

Kwei Quartey
Kwei Quartey

A Ghanaian-American detective fiction novelist and a retired physician. As a writer, he made the Los Angeles Times Bestseller List in 2009 for his book “Wife of the Gods”. The G.O.G. National Book Club awarded him Best Male Author a year later. He is also a top 100 African American Literature Book Club bestselling author, making a list four times.

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