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7 African Sci-fi And Fantasy Books You Need To Upgrade Your Library With

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7 African Sci-fi And Fantasy Books You Need To Upgrade Your Library With

If you are lacking some quality sci-fi and fantasy reads from African authors, here’s a short list to get you started.

We all love afrofuturism, right? Yeah, of course you do. But you know what? We have to take it a step further when it comes to decolonizing our reading. We must make a better effort of including Black authors and writers who live throughout the African diaspora.

My ignorance didn’t even think about what sci-fi, fantasy and Speculative Fiction looks like outside of America and the Caribbean. Once I started discovering African writers it opened my imagination to a broader appreciation for the Black imagination.

We all need to start somewhere right? Here are seven titles to help you internationalize your bookshelf.

Love In Colour by Bolu Babalola

An anthology comprising of of Nigerian and other African mythologie stories. This is the ideal read for people who don’t read romance titles a lot but enjoy genre-bending tales.

After The Flare by Deji Bryce Olukotun

In a world where no space satellites exist outside of Nigerian, you get a Non-Western and futuristic take on Nigerians saving humanity and space exploration.

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

A teen faced with an uncertain future until she meets a mysterious woman who tells her she’s a special being. With gold blood running through her gains, she embarks on a journey where she is part of a tribe of warriors to defeat a formidable enemy.

A Dance For The Gods by E.O. Odiase and K.N. Pumpuni

Multiple kingdoms and an escaped slave with a lost soldier think that they have the power to become the greatest warriors. A mix of politics and mythology makes this an engaging read for those that love exaggerated worlds.

Son Of The Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

An African high fantasy novel combining politics, forbidding magic and violent conquest together.

Dominion: An Anthology Of The Speculative Fiction From Africa And The African Diaspora Edited by Zelda Knight And Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald

The first speculative fiction anthology featuring poetry from a talented group of African writers.

Journey To Ghana And Other Stories by Chi Chavanu Ase

A rich and oftentimes intense read, this novel is an unapologetically Black novel that centers identity and culture through epic sci-fi storytelling.

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