Amazing Female African Writers

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There was a time when African female writers were discriminated against. I remember reading once that a few publishers rejected Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions because she portrayed the lives of black women  too negatively; and Buchi Emecheta was said to have been too bold in her portrayal of women in her novels. Things are obviously changing now because there are so many amazing female writers out there - of the 12 shortlisted Commonwealth’s regional Best Book and Best First Book awards in 2011, 9 were African women.

There are quite a few out there but here are some amazing female African writers.

Nawal El Saadawi (Egypt)             Tsitsi Dangarembga (Zimbabwe)

Aminatta Forna (Sierra Leone)   

Leila Aboulela (Sudan)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria)

Buchi Emecheta (Nigeria)

Ama Ata Aidoo (Ghana)

Helen Oyeyemi (Nigeria)

 Shailja Patel (Kenya)


Wambui Mwagani (Kenya)


Lilia Momple (Mozambique)

Mariama Ba (Senegal)


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  1. I need to read Neighbours and Migritude. Thanks for this post. Love seeing my people like this.

  2. Some great authors listed here. I've loved the ones that I've read, and have yet to read Shailja Patel, Wambui Mwagani, and Lilia Momple. Given how much I loved the others, I really ought to try these ones soon!

  3. You're welcome Kinna. I'm yet to read Migritude as well. It's on my ever-growing wish list.

  4. I know Amy. They are all amazing authors.