Most influential books

Kazi’s list:

  • Oliver Tambo: Beyond The Engeli Mountains – Luli Callinicos
  • Teaching to Transgress – bell hooks
  • Male Daughters, Female Husbands – Ifi Amadiume
  • Thabo Mbeki: The Dream Deferred – Mark Gevisser
  • The Girl who Can: And Other Stories – Ama Ata Aidoo
  • In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens – Alice Walker
  • The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison
  • Sister Citizen – Melissa Harris-Perry
  • Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud – Cornel West (him and Melissa need to make up)
  • This Book Betrays My Brother – Kagiso Lesego Molope


Bose’s List:

  • How victims become killers: Colonialism, nativism, and the genocide in Rwanda- Mahmood Mamdani
  • I write what i like- Steve Biko
  • How Europe underdeveloped Africa- Walter Rodney
  • Heterosexual Africa? The History of an idea from the age of exploration to the age of AIDS – Marc Epprecht
  • Nervous conditions- Tsitsi Dangarembga
  • The Girl who Can: And Other Stories – Ama Ata Aidoo
  • The rose that grew from concrete- Tupac Shakur


Oumar’s List:

  • Cahier d’un retour au pays natal-  Aime Cesaire
  • Les damnés de la terre-  Frantz Fanon
  • The Beautyful ones are not yet born- Ayi Kwei Armah
  • Brother West: Living and loving out loud- Cornel West
  • Peuls- Tierno Monenembo
  • L’Aventure ambiguë- Cheikh Hamidou Kane
  • Une si longue lettre- Mariama Ba
  • Sortir de la grande nuit : Essai sur l’Afrique décolonisée- Achille M’Bembe


Merrian’s list.

  • All about love- bell hooks
  • Their eyes were watching god-zora neale Hurston
  • The autobiography of Malcolm X – alex haley and Malcom
  • Last of the african kings- Maryse conde
  • A long walk to freedom nelson mandela
  • We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families by Philip Gourevitch


Basetsana’s List

  • Kinship: A Family’s Journey in Africa and America- Philippe E. Wamba
  • The Resolutionaries- Ayi Kwei Armah
  • Dislocating Cultures: Identities, Traditions & Third World- Uma Narayan
  • The Wretched of the Earth – Frantz Fanon
  • Democracy and Development in Africa – Claude Ake


Andy’s list

  • Things Fall Apart- Chinua Achebe
  • The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born:  (Love the symbols of corruption and decadence and their permanence in human life)
  • King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terro, and Heroism in Colonial Africa- Adam Hochschild
  • When Victims Become Killers:: Colonialism, nativism, and the genocide in Rwanda- Mahmood Mamdani


Benedine’s list

  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
  • Dilemma of a Ghost by Ama Ata Aidoo
  • July’s People by Nadine Gordimer
  • The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
  • Ama: A Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade by Manu Herbstein
  • From a Crooked Rib by Nuruddin Farah



  • Allah n’est pas obligé d’Ahmadou Kourouma
  • Contes et lavanes de Birago Diop.
  • L’étrange destin de Wangrin et Njeddo Dewal mère de la calamité d’Amadou Hampaté Bah
  • The river between de Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
  • A man of the people – Chinua Achebe
  • A grain of wheat – Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o
  •  Some of my best friends are white (Ndumiso Ngcobo)
  • Xala – Ousmane Sembene
  • God’s bits of Wood – Ousmane Sembene
  • Black Skin, White Masks – Frantz Fanon
  • The Shadow of the Sun, my African Life –  Ryszard Kapuscinski
  • The Things that Could not be said – Frank Chikane