25 African Male Writers You Should Read

We all know the iconic writers like Nigeria’s Chinua Achebe whose debut novel, Things Fall Apart, is perhaps the most widely read novel from the continent and Wole Soyinka, the first African to win a Nobel Prize in Literature. We may also know Kenya’s Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o or Nuruddin Farah of Somalia, but there are many other great writers to be discovered; below is a small sample—enjoy!

Authors are listed, alphabetically, by first name. Also check out a collage of all 25 African Men’s photographs, a list of books by written by them, and our list of 25 African Women Writers You Should Read..

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