African Reading Challenge

Read African Writers.

Read African!

African literature is as diverse as the people who inhabit the continent. This is a challenge to read African literature:

Welcome to the Africa Reading Challenge.

I have absolutely no reason for hosting nor urging you to participate in this challenge save for the joy of discovering and reading African literature!

Here are the details:

Challenge Period

January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012


The entire African continent, including its island-states, which are often overlooked. Please refer to this Wikipedia “list of sovereign states and dependent territories in Africa”. Pre-colonial empires and regions are also included.

Reading Goal

5 books.  That’s it.  There will be no other levels.  Of course, participants are encouraged to read more than 5 books.  Eligible books include those which are written by African writers, or take place in Africa, or are concerned with Africans and with historical and contemporary African issues. Note that at least 3 books must be written by African writers.


  • Fiction – novels, short stories, poetry, drama, children’s books.  Note: You can choose to read a number of individual and uncollected short stories.  In this case, 12 such stories would constitute 1 book.  Individual poems do not count but books of poetry do.
  • Non-fiction – memoirs, autobiographies, history and current events.

To Sign up:

Would love to hear your suggestions. Join the challenge.

I have decided to read one country per month.

February – Algeria

1. Summer in Algiers – Albert Camus (Short Stories)

2. Exile and The Kingdom Stories – Albert Camus (Short Stories)

March – Nigeria

1. The Thing Around Your Neck – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Short Stories)

2. Say You’re One of Them – Uwem Akpan (Short Stories)

3. A Life Elsewhere – Segun Afolabi (Short Stories)


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