Every year, readers across the world wait in anticipation for new books releases by African authors. Here is a list of novels from exceptional African writers to be released in 2019:
- The Dragonfly Sea By Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor
This book is from the award-winning author of Dust. It is set to be released in March; 2019. The author uses a definite sense of compassion and splendid lyricism to tell the story of a young lady struggling to find her place in the dangerous world. The story explores on adventure, love, fraught choices mortality, fate and love.
- When The Plums Are Ripe By Patrice Nganang
This piece by the Cameroonian author is set to be released in August 2019. The author takes us through how Cameroon was forced into World War II and the frustrations of being caught up between empires. It gives a proper understanding of global conflict
- New Daughters Of Africa By Margaret Busby OBE
The Ghanaian cultural figure and the author is known for her original landmark anthology, ‘Daughters of Africa.’ The book is a follow up of the ‘Daughters of Africa’. It is set to be released in March 2019. The author celebrates other women writers across the globe. She also acknowledges the historical and upcoming writers through the black women writers’ literary extraordinary advancement.
- A Particular Kind Of Black Man By Tope Folarin
The novel gives a story of a Nigerian man Tunde who struggles to fit in the world because of his skin color among other issues such as his parents’ struggles. It will be released during summer 2019.
- What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape By Sohaila Abdulali
This book was released late last year and the author who is an Indian rape survivor expresses her sentiments on the issue. She is also a counselor and activist. She talks about how people perceive rape.
- Travelers by Helon Habila
This book is written by the renowned author of Oil on Water. Travelers will be released in June 2019. The work is fictional covering the plights of travelers especially Africans visiting the western countries. Issues regarding self-willed exiles and refugees are examined.
- An Orchestra Of Minorities By Chigozie Obioma
The book set to be released in January 2019 explains some of the issues experienced by minorities. In the book, a poultry farmer is intrigued by a woman attempting to jump off a highway bridge. He uses his two chickens to illustrate the expected fall, preventing the lady from jumping.
- The Freedom Artist By Ben Okri
Since the Man Booker-winning The Famished Road, the Freedom Artist has been termed as the most significant novel. It is set to be released this month. The author tells the story of a plea of justice and freedom.
- Children Of Virtue And Vengeance By Tomi Adeyemi
The book will be released in March 2019. The author tells the story of a girl who is at a breaking point trying to restore her Kingdom’s peace amidst the looming civil war.
- Black Enough By Ibi Zoboi
It will be released this month. The author features other writers discussing the stories of being young and black in America. She is a National Book Award Finalist. She talks about the undisclosed thoughts, daily struggles and hidden experiences of black teens in America
- A River Of Loyal Blood By Amanda Joy
The book is a north-African inspired fantasy world where two sisters with magical powers are expected to compete to acquire the right of queendom inheritance. It will be released during the fall of 2019.
- I’m Telling The Truth But I’m Lying By Bassey Ikpi
It is a series of essays by a Nigerian-American author. Bassey talks about how her struggle with anxiety and bipolar motivated her to become a mental health advocate to empower others on the issue. It is an exploration of the stories we tell ourselves to understand who we are but which sometimes can be a lie.
- Short Story Day Africa Edited by Various Authors Helen Moffett, Nebila Abdulmelik and Otieno Owino
The book contains 21stories is an innovative and fictional series that explores the gender and sexuality as primary themes in Africa. It was released mid last year. It offers a multi-dimensional view of Africa.