Thursday, September 6, 2012

The ten best contemporary African books

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey is the deputy editor of Granta Magazine.

At The Observer, she named the 10 best contemporary African books, including:
Looking for Transwonderland
Noo Saro-Wiwa (2012)

With this memoir, Noo Saro-Wiwa, daughter of the murdered environmental and political activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, establishes herself as a pioneer in contemporary travel writing – Africa as seen by Africans. Travelling from the mayhem of Lagos across Nigeria, she brings family history and the sometimes conflicted eye of an African raised away from the motherland to look at this vast, fascinating land. Only one who calls the country home could write such an honest account of contemporary Nigeria.
Read about the other books on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue