We mark this year’s international women’s day by compiling a list of books by women that have unarguably changed and keeps changing and shaping our world.
Efuru by Flora Nwapa
This book in its masterful simplicity will draw you in and keep you in even when you have closed the pages. It follows the story of Efuru, a cultural Igbo woman who, against all odds, chooses to stay strong and true to herself. Published in 1966, Flora Nwapa’s Efuru set the stage for women writing women in Africa.
Embracing my Shadow: Growing Up Lesbian in Nigeria by Unoma Azuah
Nobody was speaking up and I wanted to speak up – Unoma Azuah
Embracing my shadow is compelling, bold and brilliant. It is a memoir in which the author uses her own life experiences to‘speak up’ and reflect what it means to be lesbian in Nigeria. But this is not just a personal narrative, as David Ishaya Osu rightfully remarked, it is also “a manifesto for love, freedom and bravery.”
Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta
Nnu Ego, daughter of Chief Agbadi, is a product of firm patriarchal culture. Her dreams and aspirations are reduced to one thing: her ability to bear children, male children as such. But having succeeded in birthing so many children, she doubtsif it has all been worth it.
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Half of a Yellow Sun which won the 2007 Women’s Prize for Fiction is a heartfelt historical novel. It chronicles the lives of the characters navigating through the Biafra-Nigerian war. It is also a story of love, betrayal, loss, loyalty and all things home to humanity.
Ordinary Heaven by Ladan Osman
Ordinary Heaven was selected as part of the New Generation African Poets Box Set in 2014. Ladan Osman’s craft is bothrefreshing and poignant. Encountering each poem in this collection is like encountering something that is beyond one’s self, but which actually is very intimate to human reality.
Bright Dead Things by Ada Limon
This poetry collection by the Mexican-American poet, Ada Limon, was named a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry. It is a collection of timeless poems in which each line that follows is a surprise to both speaker and reader. It tugs at the deepest level of human consciousness. You will need this book for each time it gets too loud out there.
Teaching My Mother How to give Birth by Warshan Shire
Warshan Shire’s poetry is stunning, imagistic and memorable. Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth explores intimate realities of life, and women experiences.
Ariel Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath’s Ariel is poetry in its most expressive and its most musical form. Its content is permeated by themes of death and sadness.
Woman Hating by Andrea Dworkin
Dworkin’s Woman Hating is unapologetically radical feminism. It is an action/revolution to end sexism, the system of male dominance. Although published in 1974, this book is still very urgent today.
Girl Woman Other by Bernadine Evaristo
Girl Woman Other is a compelling read, it won the Booker Prize in 2019. The novel records the lives of its ‘unconventional’ characters on their personal journeys through life. The book issimply intense. The characters are many, but they will all remain fresh in your mind. Girl Woman Other is a master’s craft.
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