African Reading Challenge 2016
For the past few years, I have unsuccessfully committed to the African Reading Challenge. This year, I decided to put some organization behind my commitment in order to finally, successfully complete it.
Therefore, I’m posting my list of books that I will read to fulfill this challenge. I plan on focusing on West Africa since that region includes the land of my parents’ birth, Sierra Leone.
To be read in no specific order, here is my list:
- Wole Soyinka’s Aké: Years of Childhood – I put this book first for the sole reason that it is already in my physical possession. (Nigeria)
- Simon Schama’s Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution – I have already read the Kindle version of this book but I want to feel it in my hands as I read it again. (Sierra Leone)
- Fragments by Ayi Kwei Armah – again, because like Aké, it is my physical possession and long overdue to be read. (Ghana)
- Taiye Selasi’s Ghana Must Go – I have started, and gotten distracted into stopping, this book a couple of times, even though the language entrances me (and tells me this is a new voice worthy of paying attention to). (Ghana)
- Adelaide M. Cromwell’s An African Victorian Feminist: The Life and Times of Adelaide Smith Casely Hayford, 1868-1960. This would be totally new reading encounter.