Former American president Barrack Obama will be in Kenya and South Africa in the coming week ahead of the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth.
Ahead of the visit, he recommended a few books about Africa that everyone should read this summer.
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Over the years since, I’ve often drawn inspiration from Africa’s extraordinary literary tradition. As I prepare for this trip, I wanted to share a list of books that I’d recommend for summer reading, including some from a number of Africa’s best writers and thinkers – each of whom illuminate our world in powerful and unique ways.
Among the books he shared are Ngugi wa Thiongo’s A Grain of Wheat; Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart; Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah; and Hisham Matar’s The Return.
The Hairdresser of Harare
Tendai Huchu tackles the issue of LGBTQ in Zimbabwe by placing a gay man to work in a salon full of women. The rest is an interconnected commentary about the covert and overt treatment of homosexuality in African societies.