Popular African History Books
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For decades African history has been distorted to suit the needs of the dominant society. Unfortunately, proper historical perspectives have been hard to come by. However, due to the digital age, we in the diaspora have more access to genuine narratives on African history. The problem is, where can we find them? More and more scholars have been revealing layer by layer, historical gems concerning African history. After vigorous research we determined that the following list contains the top 10 best African history books for beginners. Outside of actually going to Africa and learning from various ethnic groups themselves, this is the closest thing you can get to a one stop shop for all your African history needs, especially as an enthusiast.
These books by black authors cover a range of historical events, eras and figures that highlight the rich history of the continent. There are a plethora of books out there proclaiming to truthfully capture the continent's rich history, but they aren't all worthy of our time. In fact, many of the ones we grew up reading in school textbooks fall into this category. These often one-dimensional narratives did little to capture African's multifaceted history and were mostly told from a European frame of reference. Books like these, however, don't represent the fullness of African historical text that does exist. Throughout the 20th century, scholars like Senegal's Cheikh Anta Diop and Ghana's Kwame Arhin produced works that added perspective to the African historical landscape.
African History Books
For former president Barack Obama, books were a way of surviving his eight years at the White House. Obama also included a non-African author to highlight the politics of liberal idealism and pragmatism that shaped his own presidency—articulated by his former speechwriter, foreign-policy adviser, and confidant, Ben Rhodes The World as It Is. This is an epistolary novel: a series of letters written between two friends about family, death, and mourning by Senegalese author Mariama Ba. The book is about a woman who is on death row for killing her pimp and who refuses to sign a request for a pardon, delivering a searing indictment of traditional society and all its sanctimonious practices. Through the eyes of children, Bulawayo explores the decay of Zimbabwe and how its young people have been forced to leave, including Bulawayo herself. Through Darling and a group of rambunctious children, Bulawayo shows how the country has failed its young. As they wander through Harare, trying to escape the disappointment and violence of the adults, they dream of going to America, or at least South Africa.
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