African Literature focuses on the African ‘experience’. It covers literary works of and from Africa. Now, away from the definition and basics, we are set to explore fictional African literature. Talk of politics, society or economic affairs in the African continent. As long as arguments concerning Africa have authoritative backing from published African literature, they can have audience on this platform. It’s a way of acknowledging the efforts made by the pioneers of African Literature. That it had a source, and was not conceived in a vacuum. Africa is a culturally rich and productive continent. African literary works from all corners of of the continent speak volumes.

Historically, most African communities interacted orally. Take note of the cultural wealth and heritage contained in most African Oral pieces such as songs, poems and recitations. The native African is a ‘born-storyteller’. Stories are the means through which values and belief systems are passed on from one generation to the next. Stories communicate the African experience. African Literature Reviews.

Authors of African Literature successfully engage the reader on issues prevalent in the African continent. Though emerging from different African countries, the unifying factor among African literary authors in their works, is their ability to interweave creativity and the African experience. In the study and analysis of African literature, take note of the Precolonial, Colonial and Post-colonial dispensations in African Literary writing. These are major phases in the evolution of African literature. Each phase goes by its distinctive themes, concerns and patterns of thought among the major writers of the period. Contemporary writers of African literature are setting the stage for transformation of the African literary scene. To start off on this site, see below some of the popular reviews. Subscribe for timely updates on fresh press.

Prose Fiction Reviews:

Coming to Birth, by Marjorie Oludhe McGoye (Book Review)
The Concubine, by Elechi Amadi (Book Review)

A Meeting in the Dark, by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o (Book Review)

Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe (Book Review)

Scarlet Song, by Mariama Ba (Book Review)

Disgrace, by J. M. Coetzee (Book Review)

A Journey Within, by Florence Mbaya

Poetry Reviews:

“I will Pronounce Your Name”, by Leopold Sedar Sengor

“Night of Sine”, by Leopold Sedar Sengor

“Notebook”, by Aime Cesaire

“Mississippi”, by Aime Cesaire

Drama Reviews:

“The Successor”, by Francis Imbuga