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Africa / Notable Africans: Authors

This guide is part of 7th grade ELA / social studies curriculum, supporting the study of Africa and Notable Africans.

Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe was a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic. His first novel Things Fall Apart, often considered his masterpiece, is the most widely read book in modern African literature. Wikipedia

Olaudah Equiano

Olaudah Equiano

Olaudah Equiano, known in his lifetime as Gustavus Vassa, was a writer and abolitionist from, according to his memoir; the Eboe region of the Kingdom of Benin. Enslaved as a child, he was taken to the Caribbean and sold as a slave to a Royal Navy officer. He was sold twice more but purchased his freedom in 1766. Wikipedia

Trevor Noah

Bessie Head

Bessie Head

Bessie Amelia Emery Head, known as Bessie Head, was a South African writer who, though born in South Africa, is usually considered Botswana's most influential writer. She wrote novels, short fiction and autobiographical works that are infused with spiritual questioning and reflection. Wikipedia

Najib Mahfuz / Naguib Mahfouz

Najib Mahfuz

Naguib Mahfouz was an Egyptian writer who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature. He is regarded as one of the first contemporary writers of Arabic literature, along with Taha Hussein, to explore themes of existentialism. Wikipedia

Beverly Naidoo

Beverly Naidoo

Beverley Naidoo is a South African author of children's books who lives in the U.K. Her first three novels featured life in South Africa where she lived until her twenties. She has also written a biography of the trade unionist Neil Aggett. Wikipedia

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer whose works range from novels to short stories to nonfiction. Wikipedia

Nadine Gordimer

Nadine Gordimer

Nadine Gordimer was a South African writer, political activist and recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature. She was recognized as a woman "who through her magnificent epic writing has – in the words of Alfred Nobel – been of very great benefit to humanity". Wikipedia