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Book awards: Africa's 100 Best Books of the 20th Century

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Abyssinian Chronicles: A Novel by Moses Isegawacreative writing
Accumulation on a World Scale: A Critique of the Theory of Underdevelopment. (2 Volumes) by Samir Aminscholarship/non-fiction
The African Origin of Civilization: Myth or Reality by Cheikh Anta Diopscholarship/non-fiction, top twelve
African Philosophy; Myth and Reality by Paulin J. Houtondjischolarship/non-fiction
Aké: The Years of Childhood by Wole Soyinkascholarship/non-fiction, top twelve
al-Mawt ʻalá al-asfalt by ʻAbd al-Raḥmān Abnūdīcreative writing
Amal'eZulu by Benedict Wallet Vilakazicreative writing
Ambiguous Adventure by Cheikh Hamidou Kanecreative writing
Anowa by Ama Ata Aidoocreative writing
Arrow of God by Chinua Achebecreative writing
Un attiéké pour Elgass: Roman (French Edition) by Tierno Monenembocreative writing
The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born by Ayi Kwei Armahcreative writing
The Beggars' Strike by Aminata Sow Fallcreative writing
Beyond the Masks: Race, Gender and Subjectivity (Critical Psychology Series) by Amina Mamascholarship/non-fiction
The Blood Knot: A Play in Three Acts by Athol Fugardcreative writing
Bones by Chenjerai Hovecreative writing
Burger's Daughter by Nadine Gordimercreative writing
Butterfly burning by Yvonne Veracreative writing
The Cairo Trilogy: Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, Sugar Street by Naguib Mahfouzcreative writing, top twelve
Chaka by Thomas Mofolocreative writing, top twelve
Citizen and Subject by Mahmood Mamdanischolarship/non-fiction
Climbie (Heinemann African Writers Series) by Bernard Binkin Dadiecreative writing
The Collected Poetry by Leopold Sedar Senghorcreative writing, top twelve
The Colonizer and the Colonized by Albert Memmischolarship/non-fiction
Country of My Skull: Guilt, Sorrow, and the Limits of Forgiveness in the New South Africa by Antjie Krogscholarship/non-fiction
Cutting the Rose: Female Genital Mutilation, The Practice And Its Prevention by Efua Dorkenooscholarship/non-fiction
The Dark Child by Camara Layecreative writing
Death and the King's Horseman by Wole Soyinkacreative writing
Devil on the Cross by Ngugi wa Thiong'ocreative writing
Down Second Avenue by Ezekiel Mphahlelescholarship/non-fiction
A Dry White Season by André Brinkcreative writing
Ethiopia unbound: studies in race emancipation by J. E. Casely Hayfordscholarship/non-fiction
Facing Mount Kenya by Jomo Kenyattascholarship/non-fiction
The Famished Road by Ben Okricreative writing
Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade by Assia Djebarcreative writing, top twelve
Forest of A Thousand Daemons: A Hunter's Saga by D. O. Fagunwacreative writing
The Fortunes of Wangrin by Amadou Hampâté Bâcreative writing
A Geração da Utopia by Pepetelacreative writing
Ghana; the autobiography of Kwame Nkrumah by Kwame Nkrumahscholarship/non-fiction
God's Bits of Wood by Ousmane Sembènecreative writing
A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong'ocreative writing, top twelve
La grande maison by Mohammed Dibcreative writing
Histoire de l'Afrique noire, d'hier à demain by Joseph Ki-Zerboscholarship/non-fiction
The History of the Yorubas by Samuel Johnsonscholarship/non-fiction
The House of Hunger by Dambudzo Marecheracreative writing
In My Father's House by Kwame Anthony Appiahscholarship/non-fiction
Indaba, My Children by Vusamazulu Credo Mutwacreative writing
The Invention of Africa: Gnosis, Philosophy and the Order of Knowledge by V. Y. Mudimbescholarship/non-fiction
Le jeune homme de sable: Roman by Williams Sassinecreative writing
The Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emechetacreative writing
Karingana ua karingana by José Craveirinhacreative writing
Kiswahili : past, present, and future horizons by Rocha Chimerascholarship/non-fiction
L'Incendie by Mohammed Dibcreative writing
Labyrinths by Christopher Okigbocreative writing
The Last Harmattan of Alusine Dunbar by Syl Cheney-Cokercreative writing
The Last Will and Testament of Senhor da Silva Araujo by Germano Almeidacreative writing
Life & Times of Michael K by J. M. Coetzeecreative writing
Life and a Half by Sony Lab'ou Tansicreative writing
Living, Loving and Lying Awake at Night by Sindiwe Magonacreative writing
The long journey of Poppie Nongena by Elsa Joubertcreative writing
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandelascholarship/non-fiction
Male Daughters, Female Husbands: Gender and Sex in an African Society by Ifi Amadiumescholarship/non-fiction
Mamy Wata and the Monster by Veronique Tadjoliterature for children
Maps by Nuruddin Farahcreative writing
Le mauvais sang ; suivi de Feu de brousse ; et, A triche-cœur by Tchicaya U Tam'si,creative writing
Le Metier A Tisser by Mohamed Dibcreative writing
Murambi, the Book of Bones by Boubacar Boris Diopcreative writing
Native Life in South Africa by Sol T. Plaatjescholarship/non-fiction
Nedjma by Kateb Yacinecreative writing
Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembgacreative writing, top twelve
Nós, os do Makulusu by José Luandino Vieiracreative writing
The old Man and the Medal by Ferdinand Oyonocreative writing
Origens do nacionalismo africano: Continuidade e raptura nos movimentos unitarios emergentes da luta contra a dominacao colonial portuguesa, 1911-1961 (Caminhos da memoria) (Portuguese Edition) by Mario de Andradescholarship/non-fiction
The Palm-wine Drinkard by Amos Tutuolacreative writing
The Poor Christ of Bomba by Mongo Beticreative writing
A Question of Power by Bessie Headcreative writing
The Rich Man of Pietermaritzburg by Sibusiso Nyembezicreative writing
Riwan, ou, Le chemin de sable by Ken Bugulcreative writing
The Sacred Night by Tahar Ben Jellouncreative writing
Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salihcreative writing
The Seed Is Mine: The Life of Kas Maine, a South African Sharecropper, 1894-1985 by Charles van Onselenscholarship/non-fiction
The Simple Past by Driss Chraïbicreative writing
Sleepwalking Land by Mia Coutocreative writing, top twelve
So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâcreative writing, top twelve
Song of Lawino by Okot P'Bitekcreative writing
Sosu's Call by Meshack Asareliterature for children, top twelve
The Soul of the White Ant by Eugène N. Maraisscholarship/non-fiction
Stories from a Shona childhood by Charles Mungoshiliterature for children
The Struggle for Mozambique by Eduardo Mondlanescholarship/non-fiction
Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali by D. T. Nianecreative writing
The Suns of Independence by Ahmadou Kouroumacreative writing
Tales of Amadou Koumba by Birago Diopcreative writing
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebecreative writing, top twelve
Third World Express by Mongane Serotecreative writing
Ualalapi by Ungulani Ba Ka Khosacreative writing
Unity and Struggle: Speeches and Writings of Amilcar Cabral by Basil Davidsonscholarship/non-fiction
Utenzi wa vita vya uhuru, 1939 hata 1945 by Shaaban Robertcreative writing
We Killed Mangy Dog & Other Stories by Luis Bernardo Honwanacreative writing
Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawicreative writing
Wrath of the Ancestors by A. C. Jordancreative writing
Zayni Barakat by Gamal el-Ghitanicreative writing

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The list of Africa's 100 Best Books of the 20th Century was compiled for the Zimbabwe International Book Fair in 2002. The list honors books of creative writing, scholarship and non-fiction, and children's literature by African writers. The full list, and further information, can be found here.

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