Reading Americanah was a breath of fresh air for me. I hadn’t realised how much of a longing I had to read about people who are like to me. From little moments surrounding black hairstyles to talking about the prejudices we face. Black panther has sparked an interest in the production of more media featuring black narratives and though that was a movie, I want to share with you some stories in the form of my first love, books.
Follow me into the minds of other great storytellers in these Books by Black Authors below:
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Featured photo)
The award author, Chimamanda, beautifully tells the tale of a classic romance through the eyes of the young lovers. When the protagonist, Ifemulu crosses the seas to well-imagined America from Nigeria we watch as she comes to the realisation that she is a black woman and all that that means in modern America. With Ifemelu’s lover Obinze unable to reconnect with her for 15 years, we see if their love can be reunited in a democratic Nigeria.
Genre: Literary fiction
After blogging her frustrations about race and racism in Britain, Reno Eddo-Lodge’s viral post in 2014 encouraged her to further explore the ideas. From black history to politics, white dominance and feminism.
Genre: Non-fiction/Social Science
This is the book that I am currently reading (March 2018).
It follows the story of young Starr who witnesses her childhood friends death right in front of her eyes. Stuck in-between her poor neighbourhood and rich private school in the suburbs, she is suddenly faced with a decision which could change everything.
Genre: Young Adult fiction
2018 Newbery Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner
The world is against Jade, a girl looking for success, ready to take all the opportunities that are thrown her way. When she is given a mentor who she can’t relate to even though their skin colour is the same, Jade wonders how can she make a difference in a world that doesn’t understand her.
I’m excited for this book. Africans in space!
A place at the galaxy’s finest institution,Oomza university, has been offered to Binti and she is the first of her people to get a place. The journey to higher education though means not only will she have to leave her family but risk a battle with an alien race, the Meduse, which the university have offended. Using her inner gifts of the Himba people she must try to survive.
Genre: Science fiction
Part one of a brilliant trilogy, Malorie Blackman’s critically acclaimed novel follows a love story set in an alternative world which leads these two love birds into danger as they battle through a world of prejudice and racism.
Check out these books and see if any of them tickle your fancy.
Happy Reading x