Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Would you read an African book?

No matter what complexion you possess, would you read an African book written by an African author? Before you answer the question, there are some facts you need to know about African books.

1. There is no water-tight genre: The story could cover a sphere of different genres or just one solid genre. It might be romance with some paranormal or just comedy or tragedy mainstream.

2. It is based on Africa: The stories are based on African-related themes and settings, either in urban areas or rural areas. Sometimes, the story might have an African plot but be based in Western settings.

3. The names are African: Hardly would you see real African characters bearing English names. Names like Segi, Bode, Chukwudi, Yaya are just a fraction of the millions of indigenous African names abounding.

4. It is eclectic: If you're looking for that dreamy-paced or starry-eyed character, you would be rudely shocked because the stories are eclectic in every sense of the word. For example, the Head of a household in a story, might be married to four wives and have twenty children, where they live in a bungalow.

Read African books if you're looking for something different with a sense of adventure plus culture from a totally different continent.

1 comment:

  1. I definitely would read African books by African authors....I happen to love them. Im on a Chimimanda phase at the moment, I've read everyone of her books and I highly recommend them.
    Chinua Achebe's books are and always would remain classics.
    I haven't read Baba segis wives, I wonder if it's good?


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