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Book Review: Africa’s Best Stories by StoryAfrica

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Since the publication of this article, we have learned some disturbing facts about the book in question and its publisher. Readers can learn the details here.

Africa’s Best Stories, the new book written by StoryAfrica and published by create space is a most exciting read, and deserves to be endorsed by Oprah. I’m not exactly a huge fan of anthologies, but Africa’s Best Stories really made me rethink my aversion to anthologies. If all anthologies were like this one, the world may be a better place.

Americans and Europeans alike have not been known to read African literature. As a South-African who has traveled all around the world, going to bookstores in Europe, North-America and the Caribbean, I have discovered that African literature is not read by westerners. I hope Africa's Best Stories will change that.

It is high time that the rest of the world started reading African literature. This book will change your perception about African literature, and don’t be surprised when you get addicted to African stories.

As its title suggests, Africa’s Best Stories is a collection of short stories written by Africa’s best and finest writers — the crème de la crème of African literature. The writers whose works are included in the anthology read like a list of the who is who of African literature and includes Nobel Prize laureate, Wole Soyinka, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Muthoni Garland, Caine Prize finalists, Sefi Atta, Chika Unigwe, EC Osondu, actor David Omwange, Chika Unigwe, Jude Dibia, Rosie R and Duchess Lilian Koki to mention but a few.

The book which contains 18 stories featuring works from writers from Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and Cameroon.

Some of the stories in the book include Chimamanda’s story, "The Time Story," which is my personal favorite. Rosie R’s "How to Break Up with a White Man" is whimsical, witty and funny and EC Osondu’s "Waiting" might move you to tears. In all, the writers, all of them, leave you in a breathless chase with their prose. It was amazing, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Africa’s Best Stories is a refreshing read. It will make an excellent companion when you are on the subway on your way to work, when you've got some spare time in the souse, or whenever you are just in the mood for a really good reading.

Indeed, Africa’s got some really gifted storytellers. If given the chance, I believe that African writers will be huge and successful globally. Africa’s Best Stories was an eye-opener for me, and I’m now a fan of African literature. My only problem with the book was that it is only 250 pages, and it costs $20. I would have loved it even more if it had 350 pages and cost the same price. So, if you want to read something new and refreshingly different, with African settings and the works, you may want to get yourself a copy.

Africa’s Best Stories is available for sale only on Amazon.com.

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  • H. O.

    Point of Correction: African Writers ARE successful globally – more specifically, I would add that Nigerian writers are successful globally!!!!