AFRICA'S 100 BEST BOOKS OF THE CENTURY
         MONGO BETI
BESSIE HEAD          

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. The jury selected books in three main categories: Creative Writing, Scholarship/Non-Fiction and Literature for Children. The following table shows the author, the author's country, and the title of the book.
 


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        CREATIVE WRITING
 

Abnudi, 'Abd al-Rahman Egypt al-Mawt 'ala al-asfalt
Achebe, Chinua Nigeria Arrow of Gold
Achebe, Chinua Nigeria Things Fall Apart
Aidoo, Ama Ata Ghana Anowa
Almeida, Germano Cape Verde O testamento do Sr. Napumoceno da Silva Araujo
Armah, Ayi Kwei Ghana The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born
Ba, Amadou Hampate Mali L'etrange destin de Wangrin
Ba, Mariama Senegal Une si longue lettre
Ben Jelloun, Tahar Morocco La nuit Sacree
Beti, Mongo Cameroon La pauvre Christ de Bomba
Brink, Andre South Africa A Dry White Season
Bugul, Ken Senegal Riwan, ou le chemin de sable
Cheney-Choker, Syl Sierra Leone The Last Harmattan of Alusine Dunbar
Chraibi, Driss Morocco Le passe simple
Coetzee, J.M. South Africa Life and Times of Michael K
Couto, Mia Mozambique Terra sonambula
Craverinha, Jose Mozambique Karingana ua Karingana
Dadie, Bernard Cote d'Ivoire Climbie
Dangarembga, Tsitsi Zimbabwe Nervous Conditions
Dib, Mohammed Algeria Algerie, La grande maison, L'incendie, Le metier a tisser
Diop, Birago Senegal Les contes d'Amadou Koumba
Diop, Boubacar Boris Senegal Murambi ou le livre des ossements
Djebar, Assia Algeria L'amour, la fantasia 
Emecheta, Buchi Nigeria The Joys of Motherhood
Fagunwa, Daniel O. Nigeria Ogboju ode ninu igbo irunmale
Farah, Nuruddin Somalia Maps
Fugard, Athol South Africa The Blood Knot
Ghitani, Jamal al- Egypt Zayni Barakat
Gordimer, Nadine South Africa Burgher's Faughter
Head, Bessie South Africa A Question of Power
Honwana, Bernardo Mozambique Nos matamos o cao tinhoso
Hove, Chenjerai Zimbabwe Bones
Isegawa, Moses Uganda Abessijnse Kronieken
Jordan, Archibald Campbell South Africa Ingqumbo yeminyanya
Joubert, Elsa South Africa Die Swerdjare van Poppie Nongena
Kane, Cheikh Hamidou Senegal L'aventure ambigue
Khosa, Ungulani Mozambique Ualalapi
Kourouma, Ahmadou Cote d'Ivoire Les soleils des independances
Laye, Camara Guinea L'enfant noir
Magona, Sindiwe South Africa Living, Loving and Lying Awake at Night
Mahfouz, Naguib Egypt The Cairo Trilogy
Marechera, Dambudzo Zimbabwe House of Hunger
Mofolo, Thomas Lesotho Chaka
Monenembo, Tierno Guinea Un attieke pour Elgass
Mutwa, Vusamazulu Credo South Africa Indaba, My Children
Ngugi wa Thiong'o Kenya Caitaani Mutharaba-ini
Ngugi wa Thiong'o Kenya A Grain of Wheat
Niane, Djibril Tamsir Senegal Soundjata ou l'epopee mandingue
Nyembezi, Sibusiso South Africa Inkinnsela yaseMgungundlovu
Okigbo, Christopher Nigeria Labyrinths
Okri, Ben  Nigeria The Famished Road
Oyono, Ferdinand Cameroon Le vieux negre et la medaille
P'Bitek, Okut Uganda Song of Lawino
Pepetela Angola A geracao da utopia
Saadawi, Nawal El Egypt Woman at Point Zero
Salih El Tayyib Sudan Season of Migration to the North
Sassine, Williams Guinea Le jeune homme de sable
Sembene, Ousmane Senegal Les bouts de bois de Dieu
Senghor, Leopold Sedar Senegal Ouevre poetique
Serote, Mongane South Africa Third World Express
Shabaan, Robert Bin Tanzania Utenzi wa vita vya uhuru
Sony Labou Tansi Dem. Rep. of Congo La vie et demie
Sow Fall, Aminata Senegal La greve des battus
Soyinka, Wole Nigeria Death and the King's Horsemen
Tchicaya U Tam'si Congo Le mauvais sang - feu de brousse - a trisse-coeur
Tutuola, Amos Nigeria The Palm-Wine Drinkard
Vera, Yvonne Zimbabwe Butterfly Burning
Vieira, Jose Luandino Angola Nos os do Makulusu
Vilakazi, B.W. South Africa Amal'eZulu
Yacine, Kateb Algeria Nedjma

        SCHOLARSHIP/NON-FICTION
 

Amin, Samir Egypt Accumulation on a World Scale
Amadiume, Ifi Nigeria Male Daughters, Female Husbands
Andrade, Mario de Angola Os nacionalismos africanos
Appiah, Anthony Ghana In My Father's House
Cabral, Amilcar Guinea-Bissau Unity and Struggle
Chimera, Rocha Kenya Kiswahili; Past, Present and Future Horizons
Diop, Cheikh Anta Senegal Anteriorite des civilisations negres
Doorkenoo, Efua Ghana Cutting the Rose
Hayford, J.E. Casely Ghana Ethiopia Unbound
Hountondji, Paulin Benin Sur la philosphie africaine
Johnson, Samuel Nigeria The History of the Yorubas
Kenyatta, Jomo Kenya Facing Mouny Kenya
Ki-Zerbo, Joseph Burkina Faso Histoire de l'Afrique noire
Krog, Antjie South Africa Country of My Skull
Mama, Amina Nigeria Beyond the Mask, Race, Gender and Identity
Mamdani, Mahmood Uganda Citizen and Subject
Mandela, Nelson South Africa Long Walk to Freedom
Marais, Eugene South Africa Die Siel van die Mier
Memmi, Albert Tunisia Portrait du colonise suivi de portrait du colonisateur
Mondlane, Eduardo Mozambique The Struggle for Mozambique
Mphahlele, Ezekial South Africa Down Second Avenue
Mudimbe, V.Y. Dem. Rep. of Congo The Invention of Africa
Nkrumah, Kwame Ghana Ghana: The Autobiography of Kwame Nkrumah
Plaatje, Sol South Africa Native Life in South Africa
Soyinka, Wole Nigeria Ake: The Years of Childhood
Van Onselen, Charles South Africa The Seed is Mine

        LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN
 

Asare, Meshack Ghana Sosu's Call
Al-Homi, Hayam Abbas Egypt Adventures of a Breath
Mungoshi, Charles Zimbabwe Stories from a Shona Childhood
Tadjo, Veronique Cote d'Ivoire mamy Wata et le monstre

 
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