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7 New Poignant and Political Books by African Authors to Read This Year


“The Face: Cartography of the Void” by Chris Albani 

Nigerian native Chris Albani shares a memoir about his exploration of personal identity. The author analyzes his own face to explore his childhood beginnings in Igbo culture. The book looks at race and language for insight on how they shape a person’s sense of self.


“100 Days” by Juliane Okot Bitek 

Juliane Okot Bitek was born in Kenya and  raised in Uganda. She wrote 100 poems for 100 days in response to the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The writer takes cues from the experience her family went through as a result of the devastating massacre. Okot Bitek’s use of traditional poetic methods punctuates her writing.


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