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5 Obama-recommended books you should read this summer

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Every summer we scour the internet for great reads to occupy the long days. Lucky for us, former US President Barack Obama has shared his recommended reads for summer 2018 which features 5 of Africa’s top authors!

Image by The White House [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Here’s what he’s recommending:

1. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe 

“A true classic of world literature, this novel paints a picture of traditional society wrestling with the arrival of foreign influence, from Christian missionaries to British colonialism. A masterpiece that has inspired generations of writers in Nigeria, across Africa, and around the world.”

2. A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong’o

“A chronicle of the events leading up to Kenya’s independence, and a compelling story of how the transformative events of history weigh on individual lives and relationships.”

3. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

“Mandela’s life was one of the epic stories of the 20th century. This definitive memoir traces the arc of his life from a small village, to his years as a revolutionary, to his long imprisonment, and ultimately his ascension to unifying President, leader, and global icon. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand history – and then go out and change it.”

4. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“From one of the world’s great contemporary writers comes the story of two Nigerians making their way in the U.S. and the UK, raising universal questions of race and belonging, the overseas experience for the African diaspora, and the search for identity and a home.”

5. The Return by Hisham Matar

“A beautifully-written memoir that skillfully balances a graceful guide through Libya’s recent history with the author’s dogged quest to find his father who disappeared in Gaddafi’s prisons.”

Want to add more great reads to your summer reading list? Check out this list of must-read books set in Africa and these unputdownable books by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie!

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