African American Books

African Books To Read This Summer

FunTimes Writer, Khadijah Ndiaye, suggests some great African books to read this summer.


African Book Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo

Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo an African Book

There are things even love can’t do…If the burden is too much and stays too long, even love bends, cracks, comes close to breaking and sometimes breaks. But even when it’s in a thousand pieces around your feet, that doesn’t mean it’s no longer love. Yejide is hoping for a miracle, for a child. It’s all her husband wants, all her mother-in-law wants, and she has tried everything: arduous pilgrimages, medical consultations, dances with prophets, appeals to God. But when her in-laws insist upon a new wife, it is too much for Yejide to bear. It will lead to jealousy, betrayal and despair.

A little info on the author

Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀’s stories have appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, and one was highly commended in the 2009 Commonwealth short story competition. She holds BA and MA degrees in Literature in English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife and has worked as an editor for Saraba magazine since 2009. She also has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia where she was awarded an international bursary for creative writing. Ayobami has received fellowships and residencies from Ledig House, Sinthian Cultural Centre, Hedgebrook, Ox-bow School of Arts, Ebedi Hills and Siena Art Institute. She was born in Lagos, Nigeria.

If you like to learn more about this African author head over to her website


African American Book Hidden Figures by Margaret Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures by Margaret Lee Shetterly an African American Book

This book made it to the big screen; the phenomenal true story of the Black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. Hidden figures is very insightful in helping people to see the importance of the history of the timeline of space development, and how little known information has had a tremendous effect on our history. These women of color dedicated their lives to breaking down barriers and standing up for what they believed.

A little info on the author and her African American Books she has wrote

She is the founder of The Human Computer Project, an endeavor that is recovering the names and accomplishments of all of the women who worked as computers, mathematicians, scientists and engineers at the NACA and NASA from the 1930s through the 1980s. 

Margaret is a Hampton, Virginia native, University of Virginia graduate, an entrepreneur, and an intrepid traveler who spent 11 years living in Mexico. I currently live in Charlottesville, VA.

If you like to learn more about this African American author head over to her website

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