Everything Good Will Come by Sefi Atta
I’ve often returned to this novel. At its heart is Enitan, who is born in 1960, the same year Nigeria gains independence. As her life unfolds into adulthood, Atta paints an intimate and compelling portrait of post-civil war Nigeria.
I Am Still With You by Emmanuel Iduma
Iduma’s uncle is one of many who remains unaccounted for at the end of the Nigerian civil war. This book is both a poignant memoir about his attempt to discover what became of his uncle and a timely reckoning with the legacy of Biafra, a nation that continues to exist in the imaginations of many, decades after it was defeated.
Kintu by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
Makumbi’s remarkable debut novel is a multigenerational epic that spans centuries. It examines the trajectory of a nation through the fortunes of one lineage. It has been justly lauded as a great Ugandan novel.
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Middlemarch by George Eliot
An enduring classic that ploughs the soul of its characters and through this reveals England at a moment of great social change.
Ambiguous Adventure by Cheikh Hamidou Kane
Through protagonist Samba Diallo, Kane considers the dilemmas of a nation in the wake of colonialism.