5 African Feminist Novels Everyone Should Read
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n times like these, when women are still at the receiving end of gendered oppression, we are reminded that African feminist novels are as important as they have ever been. The need for women to be respected as human beings has been fought for by women across the world and across time. Generally speaking, things have improved for some women, but the predominance of women’s advancement, success and general safety in some parts of the world seems to sometimes lull us into a false sense of accomplishment and a general opinion that all is now well – but is it? 

[…] the predominance of some women’s advancement, success and general safety seems to sometimes lull us, collectively, into a false sense of accomplishment and a general opinion that all is now well – but is it?

Of recent, a number of cases of brutal killings, rape, and other acts of gendered violence in Nigeria have resurfaced and reignited the conversation about the ways in which Nigerian, and by extension, African societies, treat women. 

The continuous exposing of brutal acts of violence against women, dodgy (at best) reactions from Nigerian politicians and the Nigerian establishment, have had us turn to books, as we often do, looking for a reflection of our own anger in other women’s writing, but also for a display of female power, prowess, and resilience.

That is why we have compiled a list of 5 African Feminist novels by African women writers, which vary in scope, characters, and storylines, but which are all clear about one thing: women are multilayered human beings, who deserve to be treated with respect, who deserve to be honoured, and who refuse to be silent.

5 African Feminist novels by African women writers, which vary in scope, characters, and storylines, but which are all clear about one thing: women are multilayered human beings, who deserve to be treated with respect, who deserve to be honoured, and who refuse to be silent.

We hope that you enjoy the following recommendations (if you haven’t read them all already) and as always, don’t forget to tag us on instagram should you decide to read (or re-read) any of these in the future, so that we can keep the conversation going. Happy Reading!