2014 in African fiction: 5 reviews

In March 2014, I started tracking my reading for the first time. It was something I had wanted to do for a long time, but had never quite managed to get it together which is rather odd given my tendency to be a compulsive list maker. Here are five books that I read for the first time in 2014, and a brief review of each (no spoilers). All five of them are highly recommended.

Daughters Who Walk This Path by Yejide Kilanko
The Spider King’s Daughter by Chibundu Onuzo
Heart of Redness by Zakes Mda
Bom Boy by Yewande Omotoso
Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie

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Say No, Black Woman, Say No – Gcina Mhlope

One of my favourite poems to emerge from women’s resistance to apartheid.

 

Say No – by Gcina Mhlope

Say No, Black Woman
Say No
When they call your jobless son a tsotsi
Say No

Say No, Black Woman
Say No
When they call your husband at the age of 60 
a boy
Say No

Say No, Black Woman
Say No
When they rape your daughter in detention and call her
a whore
Say No

Say No, Black Woman
Say No
When they call your white sister
a madam
Say No

Say No, Black Woman
Say No
When they call your white brother
a Baas
Say No

Say No, Black Woman
Say No
When they call a trade unionist
a terrorist
Say No

Say No, Black Woman
Say No
When they give you a back seat
in liberation wagon
Say No
Yes Black Woman
a Big No

 

Taken from Women Speak: Reflections on Our Struggles, 1982-1997, edited by Shamim Meer, p. 44