5 Female African Writers Making a Mark in the World

If you’re familiar with African literature, then you must have read one of Nnedi Okorafor or Buchi Emecheta’s novels. Numerous self-acclaimed African female writers are making a mark in the world and portraying the African culture in creative ways.

These five female African writers have advanced in their literary careers and are marking a mark in the world.

  1. Ama Ata Aidoo
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She is a renowned Ghanaian author with laudable works such as Our Sister Kill Joy and The Girl Who Can and Other Stories, Changes: A Love Story, and other stories.

Her works are usually centred on colonialism and gender issues in West Africa. She is recognized worldwide as one of the female figures in African literature.

2. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is internally recognized as one of the African writers that have impacted on the lives of people and is notable in the literary world. Her works feature the background of her native town in Nigeria, the Igbo culture and social and political events occurring in the country.  

Some of her works include Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, The Thing Around Your Neck, Americanah, etc. Purple Hibiscus depicts the life experience of a young girl, Kambili, and her family during a military coup. Adichie’s works have received positive remarks from readers and have been nominated for several awards, such as the Orange Prize and Booker Prize.

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3. Mariama Ba

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Mariama Ba is one of the most influential authors in Africa, known for producing powerful feminist texts that address issues such as gender inequality in her country, Senegal and Africa in general.

Ba has experienced several issues affecting women in Africa: she struggled to go to school and was left to cater to the needs of her nine children after she divorced a prominent politician.

Her novel, So Long A Letter was written out of her frustration and anger at the patriarchal structures that affected her life.

4. Nnedi Okorafor

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Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian-American author who is renowned for her science fiction and fantasy novels. Her style of storytelling has received much praise. Her novels such as Akata Witch was an Amazon.com Best Book of the Year, Who Fears Death was a winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, and Zahrah the Windseeker was a winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature.

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5. Buchi Emecheta

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A lover of Ngozi Adichie’s works would enjoy Emecheta’s books. Emecheta is a notable Nigerian author and one of the foremost African female authors.

Her work focuses on gender issues in Igbo society and Nigeria, as well as racial politics in the UK. Some of her works include The Joys of Motherhood, Second Class Citizen, In the Ditch and The Slave Girl.

In 2005, she was awarded the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE).

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