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    16 African Writers Whose Work You Should Be Reading

    We asked attendees at the Africa Writes literature and book festival to tell us their favourite African writers.

    1. Chinua Achebe

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    – Christina, from Nigeria.

    "I first read him when I was eight years old."

    2. Elnathan John

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    – Angela, from London.

    3. Tsitsi Dangarembga

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    – Rumbi, from Essex.

    4. Sefi Atta

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    Chibundu, from Lagos.

    "Can I do more than one? Then I'd like to add Mariama Bâ and Wole Soyinka."

    5. Ben Okri

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    – Onyinye, from Italy.

    6. Steve Biko

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    – Amandla, from London.

    7. Ayi Kwei Armah

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    – Shirley, from London.

    "I need to get more of his books!"

    8. Teju Cole

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    – Maya, from Princeton.

    9. Bessie Head

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    – Belinda, from London.

    "Can I do more than one?"

    10. Danai Gurira

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    – Zoe, from London.

    "She started writing plays because there was nothing for her as a woman of colour. Creating your space is what I'm trying to do in my own life."

    11. Teju Cole

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    – Saeed, from Jos, Nigeria.

    12. Tsitsi Dangarembga

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    – Cherub, from London.

    "I can't pick just one!"

    13. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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    – Jennifer, from Kent.

    14. Jude Dibia

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    – Bisi, from London.

    15. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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    – Caroline, from London.

    "Argh, I spelt her name wrong! Sorry, Chimamanda."

    16. Chinua Achebe

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    – Saraiya, from London.

    17. Abhimanyu Unnuth

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    – Rashi, from London.

    "I think he talks about post-independence, particularly, in a beautiful way."

    18. Frances Mensah Williams

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    – Mark, from London.

    19. Maaza Mengiste

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    – Bilen, from Ethiopia.

    "I like how she writes about sensitive subjects."

    20. Dambudzo Marachera

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    – Henry, from London.

    "His writing is beautiful...there's something visceral about the language he uses."

    21. Sefi Atta

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    – Tricia, from Ipswich.

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