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Re: Who's your favorite black/African author?

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I like her because of Americanah. Great book!

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Jeyasivananth wrote:
25 Mar 2018, 16:21
I love Maya Angelou the most. I love her poetry especially Still I Rise. Among the novelists, I like Chinua Achebe. I like his style: the way he peppers his tales with African folklore and proverbs.
I love love ❤️ Chinua Achebe. His way if writing is so good. I think there should be more African works featured on the site

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Munachimso_Nwaogazie wrote:
06 Jul 2020, 17:17
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I like her because of Americanah. Great book!
I love how she is unapologetic about feminism. Even if she was not a great writer, u would still love the person she is.

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Samchege wrote:
29 Sep 2019, 10:58
As an African American myself, I love Sam Chege. Because of his Book "Life Is God’s Best Gift".
This book is all about African wisdom. He gathered around 365 proverbs in his book from all African countries.

He Say, "Africa is the birthplace of the human race, once great civilizations, and a place where knowledge, art, music, democracy, culture, trade, agriculture and wisdom first flourished. Her ancient crypts are rich with proverbs, enduring life lessons and pearls of wisdom that have universal application. But they are not well known. "
A friend suggested me his book, I bought it and really felt proud being an African American after reading the Book.
Is that your book? What are the chances of you sharing both names with your favorite writer

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Joe Hadithi wrote:
03 Mar 2019, 20:36
Ngugi Wa Thiong'o. Especially loved The River Between
I also enjoy Nguni Wa Thiongo’s works. Have you read Petals of Blood or The Wizard of the Crow? They’re both fantastic.
I love his books. River Between was compulsory literature when I was in high school

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Ayodave wrote:
12 Sep 2018, 22:51
Professor Sole Soyinka that's not because of his feat( Nobel laureate )but because it is deserving-He writes in like manner with George Orwell,Exposing the ills of African leaders and still making African cultural heritage dynamic even during the racism years of 1960-70's. His use of Imagery and concise literary techniques is worthwhile.
This is the first I gave had of him. I love hiw George Orwell captures evils and inadequacies in society. Any author compared to him, I would love their work.

Please recommend some of Sole's favorite reads?

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cianarae wrote:
23 Apr 2018, 15:08
Roxane Gay is my favorite! Her works about feminism are very helpful to me as a white person trying to not suck so much. I also recently read her anthology of short stories Difficult Women and it was beautiful.

I'm grateful to have been introduced to Roxane Gay in one of my college classes.
Oh My!!! Difficult Women should be the book of the year.

Also, how did you draw parallels between feminism and being white?

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4cynthia72 wrote:
25 Apr 2018, 05:21
I like Okot p' Bitek, I love his writings.
Which books are your favorite by him?

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Cher432 wrote:
25 Aug 2018, 20:23
I can't choose between Binyavanga Wainaina and Okot p'Bitek. :eusa-think:
I loved Binyavanga, rest his soul. He experienced so much prejudice from Africans. Isn't it sad how inconsiderate we can be when dismissing "White ways"?

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I love Chimamanda, Ngugi wa Thiong'I and Chinua Achebe. I also went through so many pacesetters a few years back and go introducesgo so many awesome African writers

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One author that I really enjoy is Nicola Yoon and it's simply for the fact that I read Everything, Everything before quarantine and now I can say that I now understand what Maddie was going through.

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I agree with @Cate Mbevi . Chinua Achebe is a great African writer.

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Well I have two, Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie and Tsitsi Dangarembga.

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So far, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

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I would have to say Zora Neale Hurston but, I should also add that my judgement is limited. I know more "writing" by African rap artists than I know writing by African writers. Everyone notices skin color in a picture and it's sometimes hard to see skin color in a piece of literature. For good or bad, such is the way many minds work. Literature has been a Caucasian thing and often associated only with the upper class or clergy or inventors and or even Europeans and Greeks. Not a lot of non-white folks seem to write. A 100 years ago and even today, many of the more well-known writers are also male. So, having only read what was required in high school and college, mostly poems and The Color Purple and a few other things on my own, I would say Zora Neale Hurston for her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. The theme of a misplaced or unplaced individual due to social distinctions is not a new theme. This book may have well been written thousands of years ago and would still ring true. I think she does a nice job with this theme. It for me is interesting because of the language used and she does a very good job, I think, showing the reader the issues that develop as a result of distinctions, whether they be social (her seeming inability to develop close friendships), or racial (her inability to fit into being either black or white, or related to social classes (the mayors wife). It's as if not fitting in became her comfort zone, her pseudo birth-order status which one could argue, overrides or replaces her role in the grand scheme of things. It's not her fault: and that is sad and that is unfair.
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