Book: The Famished Road Location: NigeriaOther titles: Starbook, The Landscapes Within and The Age of Magic Ben Okri is widely acclaimed as one of Africa’s leading writers, and The Famished Road is his best known work. The story pulls from traditional folklore, following Azaro, an abiku or spirit child. The story weaves the spirit world into the real world, in a style that has been described as magic realism.
Book: Zoo City Location: South AfricaOther titles: Broken Monsters, The Shining Girls, and Moxyland. Lauren Beukes is one of South African literature’s biggest names, especially in the field of speculative fiction. Her intricate and captivating prose is even more exciting as it’s often set in familiar landscapes — Zoo City is set in Cape Town — and being able to visualise the streets of the story you’re reading is a surreal and uncommon feeling for most South African readers.
Book: Binti Location: NigeriaOther titles: Zahrah the Windseeker, Lagoon, The book of Phoenix, as well as a host of short stories that are available online.
Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian author, fast becoming famous for her science fiction which features diverse African cultures and contexts, and explores a future in which African people are at the forefront of technological progress, often not included in the narratives of best sellers. Binti is a novella about a young Himba girl who embarks on a journey to an inter-galactic university, in spite of her people’s traditions of staying connected with earth.