My Afro-Lit Wish-List August 2021

My next book haul is coming soon in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Until that great day comes when I stop being such a broke bitch and actually enter a book store for something other than window shopping (*cringe*), here’s a list of books I really really want to have in my library.

Dear Senthuran by Akwaeke Emezi

The most anticipated release this year, Dear Senthuran is the black spirit memoir of award-winning Igbo-Tamil author Akwaeke Emezi. It journeys us through Akwaeke’s path to success as a writer and their experiences as spirits embodying this human form.

Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson

Open Water is Caleb’s debut novel following the love story of a young black photographer and a dancer. I’ve been interested in it since it was featured on Jola Ayeye’s Happy Noisemaker. I’m yet to encounter a bad review of this book so I think it’s definitely worth it’s money.

Home is not a country by Safia Elhillo

Safia Elhillo’s poetry is second to none and so I can only imagine her prose would be even better. Home is not a country is a novel written in verse about a character Nima, a first-generation Muslim teenager living in the United States.

The Baby is Mine by Oyinkan Braithwaithe

I love Oyinkan Braithwaithe and I’ve been waiting for something new since the release of My Sister, The Serial Killer.

The Baby is Mine is a psychological thriller set in lockdown Lagos. Following a break-up with his girlfriend, a man named Bambi is kicked out of his house and forced to find shelter with relatives during the pandemic. I’m interested to see how close to reality this novel actually is and whether it accurately depicts the lockdown situation that we went through in Nigeria.

Sankofa by Chibundu Onuzo

Sankofa is the last one on my wishlist, by none other than Nigerian author, screenwriter and musician, Chibundu Onuzo.

Sankofa is a humorous novel about a middle-aged mixed race british woman named Anna who travels to a country named Bamana in West Africa, in search of her black African father, a dictator. Yes. African dictator. Different, right?

I won’t lie, I was a bi thrown off by the plot at first. Naturally. But knowing who the author is I’m sure it will be an interesting, funny and educative read.

What Afro-lit books are on your wishlist?

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Amarachi Ike writes from Enugu, where she is currently studying Medicine at the University of Nigeria. She is an essayist, fiction writer, blogger and aspiring author.

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