west african literature


Chinua Achebe (16 November 1930 – 22 March 2013) was cited in the London Sunday Times as one of the “1,000 Makers of the Twentieth Century” for defining “a modern African literature that was truly African” and thereby making “a major contribution to world literature.”

One of my favorite quotes from his book: “How do you think we can fight when our own brothers have turned against us? The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart.”

Rest in Peace Sir!


(Part four) 17. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola shoneyin, first published in 2010.
18. Ogboju Ode Ninu Igbo Irunmole by D.O Fagunwa, first published in 1938. Translated to English from Yoruba as “The Forest of a Thousand Daemons” by Wole Soyinka.
19. Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali, recounted by Djeli Mamadou Kouyate and written by D.T Niane, first published in 1960.