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48 Notable African Books of 2018

La Bastarda

Trifonia Melibea Obono

Fiction

April 24, 2018 | 112 pages

Trifonia Melibea Obono made history by becoming the first Equatorial Guinean woman to have her novel translated into English. La Bastarda was originally published in 2016 but made its English debut earlier this year. It traces the path of an orphaned teen who goes in search of a father but ends up finding herself. 

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Becoming

Michelle Obama

Inspirational

November 13, 2018 | 448 pages

Since Michelle Obama's book came out, it has broken all kinds of publishing records. Readers are clearly intrigued by Ms. Obama's story. The book promises an intimate look into the life of one of the world’s most powerful women.

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OLORI SUPERGAL

Oluwatosin Ajibade

Inspirational

July 8, 2018 | 115 pages

In her memoirs, Nigerian media personality Tosin “Olori Supergal” Ajibade challenges the myth of fly-by-night success. She shares her remarkable journey to becoming a media powerhouse. She is honest about the challenges she faces but also full of insights on how to overcome difficulties. 

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La Guardia #1

Nnedi Okorafor

Fiction - Comic

December 5, 2018 | 34 pages

A pregnant sci-fi heroine, a sentient plant, and a New York City swarming with shape-shifting alien immigrants. Okorafor is undoubtably the queen of uncharted territories when it comes to imagining future black worlds. But isn't that why her stories have become a global staple? 

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KUGALI COMICS: AN AFRICAN ANTHOLOGY

Kugali Media

Fiction - Comic

May 21, 2018

If you've ever had trouble sourcing Africa comic books and graphic novels, Kugali Media's Raki Edition is a god-sent. It showcases stunning work done by African artists and writers. The multi-genre collection features historical narratives, but also contemporary and futuristic pieces. 

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MALIKA: WARRIOR QUEEN

Roye Okupe et al

Fiction - Comic

May 2, 2018 | 144 pages

Roye Okupe recreates 15th century West Africa in the second installment of the Malika series. Malika is a warrior queen and all round amazing figure of power. But her work as an empire builder is far from being over. As the Kingdom of Azzaz comes under new threats, she renews her resolve to protect her people.

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