BEST TWELVE AFRICAN BOOKS
OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
                    CHINUA ACHEBE
WOLE SOYINKA          

In order to celebrate the achievements of African writers over the last century, the Zimbabwe International Book Fair launched the international compilation of "Africa's 100 Best Books." The project was organized in collaboration with the African Publishers Network, the Pan-African Booksellers Association, African writer's associations, book development councils, and library associations. Nominations were sought throughout the African continent and internationally. A comprehensive list of all nominations was published and regional panels compiled their own short lists of 100 best books. A jury made the final decision from the short list and the final list of "Africa's 100 Best Books" was announced on February 18, 2002. From this final list the jury also decided on the best twelve African books of the twentieth century.

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Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart. 1958
Meshack Asare Sosu's Call. 1999
Mariama Ba So Long a Letter (Une si longue letter)
Mia Couto Terra Sonambula. 1992
Tsitsi Dangarembga Nervous Conditions
Cheikh Anta Diop The African Origins of Civilization: Myth or Reality (Anteriorite Des Civilisations Negres)
Assia Djebar L' Amour, La fantasia. 1985
Naguib Mahfouz The Cairo Trilogy. 1945
Thomas Mofolo Chaka. 1925
Wole Soyinka Ake: The Years of Childhood. 1981
Ngugi wa Thiongo A Grain of Wheat. 1967
Leopold Sedar Senghor Oeuvre Poetique. 1961

 
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