FAQs on African Literature

What is African Literature?

African Literature encompasses all literature from the continent of Africa and by Africans. These can be oral or written plays, short stories, narratives, poems etc.

Because African Literature is such a broad category, it is further subdivided. These subdivisions could be based on region (i.e. Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern African Literature), based on country (i.e. Nigerian literature, Ghanaian literature, Kenyan literature, Ugandan literature), based on language of expression (i.e. Igbo, Zulu, Anglophone, Francophone, Lusophone etc.), based on genre (poetry, prose, drama etc.) or a combination of them.

African literature is as diverse and complex as are our cultures.

Who is the father of African Literature?

Who is the father of African Literature?

Although the late Nigerian author Chinua Achebe is regarded by many as the father of African Literature, it would be foolhardy to assume that Achebe had such an influence on all African writing.

Nigerian Nobel Prize-winning author, Wole Soyinka has said

Are there subgenres under African literature?

Who are some notable writers of African Literature?

Who are some notable writers of African Literature?

The African Writers Series by Heinemann offers an assortment of African writing from the likes of

What are some books by African authors that you recommend I start reading?

Some of the more famous books include:

  • Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangeremba.

What are some online african literary magazines you recommend that I read?

  • Brittle Paper
  • Open Country Magazine
  • Agbowo
  • Doek!
  • Johannesburg Review
  • Lolwe
  • Isele Magazine