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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.

Jacob's Cross!

Fantastic contributions to the African (and American) entertainment landscape. I highly recommend Jacob's Cross (especially for those who have never visited countries in Africa). It is shown on the Africa Channel in the U.S. and is well worth having in your collection. It reminds me of the literary work by the Author Chilufiya Safaa 5-10 years ago (you can search for those love stories) Does anyone know where I can order the full series of Jacob's Cross on DVD as a gift?


Doors of Zanzibar

Carved in Zanzibar, admired by the world, ask any visitor to Zanzibar what best reminds them of these evergreen tropical islands and the answer will probably be the famous carved doors. Doors of Zanzibar offers a pictorial tour of these magnificent pieces of craftsmanship throughout Stone Town, with interesting historical anecdotes that provide a fascinating insight into exactly why these works of art are so unique.


Uwe Rau &
Mwalim a Mwalim


Say you're one of them - Uwem Akpan

This brilliant collection of 5 short stories by Nigerian-born Akpan, invites listeners into a world of beauty and heartbreak where young throes of adolescence struggle to survive harrowing violence and tragedy. It won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, the PEN Open Book Award, and was picked by the Oprah Winfrey Book Club on September 17, 2009 and became the 63rd influential book club selection.


The Power of Vision

The Power of Vision: Insights on Tony Elumelu is a testimonial compiled on the occasion of his retirement as Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer at the United Bank for Africa. It contains messages from Aliko Dangote, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, Professor Michael Porter, former World Bank Managing Director and Nigeria’s Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, President of Sierra Leone; Ernest Bai Koroma, former United States Comptroller of the Currency Eugene Ludwig and Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. 

Arguably one of the most influential business leaders to emerge out of Africa, TOE, as he is fondly referred to, leaves a legacy of excellence, hard work and drive while Power of Vision celebrates that legacy.


From Afar to Zulu: A dictionary of African cultures

The book provides information on over 30 of Africa’s most populous and well-known ethnic groups.  It describes the history, traditions, environment, social structure, religion, lifestyle and diverse cultures. Each ethnic group is discussed in terms of early, pre-Islamic, and pre-colonial history as well as recent developments. Appendices contain a list of additional African cultures, a glossary, references, and an index.


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