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Taiye Selasi was born to a Nigerian father and a Ghanaian mother in London and was raised in Boston. She is a successful novelist, a brilliant writer, and a fashionista. In her world, smartness and style are clearly not in opposition, but what makes her, in my book, the sexiest African female novelist?

1. Let’s begin with the obvious. She has an amazing body. Tall, dark-skinned, natural-hair beauty. Her style is also ridiculously fly.

2. She is a not just a writer but a novelist. Fiction writing has got to be one of the sexist professions. Weaving tapestries of stories that make people laugh, cry, learn, and love, that whisk them away into an imaginary world of intrigues and possibilities.  If that’s not sexy, I don’t know what is.

3. She lives in three of the hippest cities in the world—Rome, New York, and New Delhi.

4. She pretty much invented a word. Ever heard of the word Afropolitan? She popularized it.

5.  Her debut novel Ghana Must Go is making waves in the global literary market. It was released in March 2013 and is already being sold in 16 countries. Does this mean that she is making plenty of sexy cheese? We hope so.

If all that did not convince you, I have the pictures to prove it.

Enjoy!

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

8 Responses to “5 Reasons Why Taiye Selasie is The Sexiest African Female Novelist” Subscribe

  1. Simbi Adegbola 2013/07/04 at 00:53 #

    Her hair is Afro Kinky (made in China @ $7 per bundle). Please do a proper research on Taiye before posting this nonsense.

  2. Kenne M. 2013/07/04 at 13:15 #

    I’d be willing to bet that Taiye Selasie would like to be known as a writer first before “sexy woman”. There is a shocking level of paucity of discussion about African women’s writing in the continent by our media and this article directly participates in the sexism it seeks to speak against by sexualizing and otherwise emerging writer. Respect the work or women’s writers in Africa because they are not sex objects!

  3. Karmen Ross 2013/07/08 at 23:49 #

    According to #2 John Le Carre is a serious stud. Wait, how does the formula work again?!?

  4. Modupe Coker 2013/07/13 at 11:19 #

    Simbi,
    We all know how you feel but why not turn that energy around and get going for yourself. You will feel a whole lot better, trust me and come over a whole lot more substantive.
    Blessings, Peace and Love!!!

  5. DJ 2013/07/16 at 01:50 #

    I find it so interesting what we do to each other as brown skinned girls. I could not imagine any of my friends who happen to have fairer skin and finer hair taking time to critique an article with the simple task of ensuring we all know where ones extensions derive. And as I see more and more of this “correcting”, ensuring not to let compliment stand where we perceive compliment is not due the only word I can settle on is “interesting”.

  6. Christopher Clark 2014/04/17 at 04:23 #

    Thought this might be of interest to you. A new interview with Taiye Selasi that I published recently:

    http://urbantimes.co/2014/04/inbetweener-taiye-selasi/

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