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10 Memoirs and Autobiographies Written by Africans

10 Memoirs and Autobiographies Written by Africans

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Memoirs and Autobiographies are indispensable parts of history. They tell the stories and lives from the perspectives of the people who lived them. They open up the lives of the people who wrote them, and the readers get the chance to know the writers more – intimately and personally.

Memoirs and Autobiographies are indispensable parts of history.

Some autobiographic titles are more engaging and readable than others, and while some will feel like a mirror to one’s own life, others may feel like a portal through which we can gain access to experiences and realities that may be so far removed from our own. In either case, what tends to happen is that these books (and the stories told in them) leave marks on us – the readers – that remain long after the last words on the last pages have been read.

Regardless of the premise, length, time period, etc., we love reading the personal stories of people who we admire, and those of people who we may not understand, but whose lives have touched others, and whose actions have made changes and left a mark on our collective history.

while some [memoirs and/or bilographies] will feel like a mirror to one’s own life, others may feel like a portal through which we can gain access to experiences and realities that may be so far removed from our own.

While we have a policy of not reviewing memoirs or autobiographies (because, in our shared opinion, nobody’s life or personal story should be reviewed by people who haven’t walked in the exact same pair of shoes), we have read some stellar autobiographies and memoirs over the years, and decided to share the ones that have had the biggest impacts on us.

As always, this list is far from exhaustive, but if you’re looking for must-read memoirs or autobiographies by Africans, this list should make for a great starting point.

So without further ado, here are 10 autobiographical titles by African personalities, that we believe everyone should read at least once. As always, feel free to let us know which titles you would have added to this list, and which ones you’ve already read.

As always, this list is far from exhaustive, but if you’re looking for must-read memoirs or autobiographies by Africans, this list should make for a great starting point.

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