Top five African Fiction stories

Hey world,

As you would know by now I’m an indie author currently working on the “Raw Kingdom” series. A series that is targeted for young adults and fans of African fiction. This series was spurred from my love of the two genres which I have read a LOT from. I have already done a top five YA books on Africa which you can check here:

With that being said, here is my top five list of my favorite African fiction stories. DISCLAIMER: I don’t think it needs to be said, but for the sake of clarity, this post is solely MY opinion, but feel free to sound off your list in the comments. Also, I haven’t read all the books mentioned here and am basing my judgment on the plot premise.

5. Panther’s Quest by Don McGregor

BUt CoMic BoOks aRe nOT rEal bOokS. Yes. Yes, they are. And also, I said stories, not books so let’s get that cleared up. I’m a huge fan of the Black Panther comics especially as a diasporic African, it was much-needed representation. If you were to ask me about my favorite BP series, I would say the 90s run from Christopher Priest in a heartbeat. But this isn’t a top-five series list, is it? My favorite Black Panther story is hands down Panther’s Quest by Don McGregor. This is one of those stories where it’s just about the main character dealing with his sole issues. No side stories, no future plot teasers just the tour de force journey of a son trying to find his mother.

4. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Although I haven’t read this book. Its premise is far too interesting to ignore. The story of two half-sisters in 18th century Ghana, chronicling their lives as one is living comfortably in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast castle while the other as been sold off in the booming slave trade. A page-turner indeed.

3. Say you’re one of them by Uwem Akpan

If there is one thing you should know about me, is that I’m a sucker for short stories (My first book is one). And this collection of short stories by Uwem Akpan is sure to please any fan of short but impactful storytelling. Narrated by a young girl who is to witness the horrors of tribal conflicts in her home country of Rwanda. This collection will take the reader throughout the continent detailing, the strife of children caught in social dismay.

2. The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma

This story from Nigerian author Chigozie will leave you wondering what have you just read, in the best way possible. Four brothers having to deal with tragic events that follow after a madman claims that the eldest is to be slain by his own brethren is a pulse-pounding page-turner.

  1. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

How could you have a list of African fiction without mentioning Chinua Achebe. I could’ve made this list entirely from his work but I had to be diverse. Things fall apart is a classic detailing the journey of a “strongman” leader who is gripped by fear and anger. It is the special writing style and insight on the human qualities shared by all that makes this book ever relevant and worth a significant spot one’s bookshelf.

And that’s my top five African fiction stories. Let me know yours in the comments below and be sure to follow me on Instagram (@daherpublications) for a chance at becoming a part of my launch team for my upcoming re release of Raw Kingdom: Buried in the Dust.

Until next time,


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