2014 Africa Reading Challenge Reviews

Thanks for participating in the Africa Reading Challenge.

For those with blogs:  please link to your reviews to this post.

Those without blogs can comment below on the books you’ve read or provide updates on your reading progress  Also, you can guest blog your reviews at Kinna Reads; do contact me if you wish to do so.

2014 Reviews














  1. I also read A Girl Called Problem (set in Tanzania), https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/570859889 and Foreign Gods, Inc. (set in the U.S. and Nigeria) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1082914940. Is it my imagination or are there more Nigerian books published in the U.S. than the other countries in Africa? It seems that I find more books by or about Nigeria than others. Also, I found this article very interesting: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/30/opinion/sunday/african-books-for-western-eyes.html?_r=0


  2. Hello Kinna, here’s my reading for 2014:
    Changes by Ama Ata Aidoo http://anzlitlovers.com/2014/11/30/changes-by-ama-ata-aidoo/
    Daughters Who Walk This Path by Yejide Kilanko http://anzlitlovers.com/2014/05/25/daughters-who-walk-this-path-by-yejide-kilanko/
    (Not sure if this one counts because the author now lives in the UK) Admiring Silence by Abdulrazak Gurnah http://anzlitlovers.com/2014/04/25/admiring-silence-by-abdulrazak-gurnah/
    The Past Ahead by Gilbert Gatore http://anzlitlovers.com/2014/04/07/the-past-ahead-by-gilbert-gatore-translated-by-marjolijn-de-jager/


  3. I have posted my review of July’s People, by Nadine Grodimer, sadly the day she died. I found it to be an impressive statement of what happens to people, black and white, when power shifts. She shows a white author can listen to blacks and write about them with respect. http://wp.me/p24OK2-1bT


  4. I finished my first chapter book for the challenge – A Long Walk to Water which is a middle grade book that takes place mostly in Sudan but ventures briefly into Ethiopia and Kenya. It’s based on events in the life of one of the “lost boys” of Sudan. Here is a brief review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/573697171

    I also read two picture books: Desmond and the Very Mean Word by Desmond Tutu (South Africa) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/695647061 and Under the Same Sun by Sharon Robinson (Tanzania) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/867149846


  5. Just reviewed In Dependence, by Sarah Ladipo Mayika. It is a great book; a love story of a Nigerian man and an English woman, placed in the context of emerging independence of African countries.


  6. I read two books by African authors in January and thought both were excellent.
    Daughters who Walk the Path, Yejide Kilanko. A candid novel by a Nigerian woman about young women’s sexual vulnerability and their efforts to move on beyond their pain.

    Distant View of a Minaret, by Alifa Rifaat. Sharply honest stories by an Egyptian writing from within the isolated world of Muslim women. A very well-crafted classic.


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