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We have no shortage of African literary talent on the continent. Find out more about some of the best books ever written about Africa by Africans or click on Post Entry to add your selection.

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a boy soldier

Ishmael Beah tells his gripping story, in his own words, of the hell he went through as a child soldier. At the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he’d been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts. Eventually released by the army and sent to a UNICEF rehabilitation center, he struggled to regain his humanity and to reenter the world of civilians, who viewed him with fear and suspicion. This is, at last, a story of redemption and hope.

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Young African Visionaries Magazine

YAV Magazine is a magazine that celebrates the achievements of African youth around the world making a positive impact in their communities. Their mission statement is: " Envision Tomorrow Today", and their mission is  to promote and celebrate the work of young African visionaries around the world. They seek to inform, enable, and support. YAV magazine believes in community responsibility and want to support the young Africans in communities worldwide by providing scholarships. YAV Scholarship program will award three young Africans scholarships this year.

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Let my people go

Albert Luthuli's boigraphy. In Let my people go he tells his own story, which is also the story of the ANC, from the Defiance Campaign, the drawing up of the Freedom Charter and the Treason Trial to the Alexandra bus boycott and the 1959 potato boycott up to the tragedies of Sharpeville, Langa and Nyanga.


The boy who harnessed the Wind

A book co-written and based on William Kamkwamba; A moving tale of one boy’s struggle to create a better life for other Africans and others around the world. Demonstrating that one individual can make a difference.



Shujaaz is a monthly Kenyan comic magazine written in Sheng, plus it has a radio show that launched in Kenya in February 2010 and won an International Digital Emmy Award in April of 2012. Shujaaz, a Swahili word meaning “heroes”, involves print, radio and sms media to get educational and empowering messages out to the youth of Kenya. The initiative reaches an audience of around 5 million young Kenyans and promotes social cohesion, youth participation in civic soceity and economic empowerment. Shujaaz FM is syndicated across 25 radio stations across Kenya and over 8 million copies have been distributed throughout Kenya since 2010. Shujaaz upped the anti by bringing the comic to life and creating Shujaaz TV, a show on Youtube made for the growing online audience of Kenya. See more images from the comic in our gallery here


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