African literature is literature of or from Africa and includes oral literature (or “orature”, in the term coined by Ugandan scholar Pio Zirimu).
For many generations, Africans passed on traditions and customs from one generation to another by word of mouth. Culture and moral teachings were taught through folktales/ stories. This was a way of education
African proverbs are the pride of the African culture. From time immemorial, African proverbs have been used to convey messages during important conversations. It is believed that these sayings come from the wise and only the wise understand it.
- Chinua Achebe-Things fall Apart
- Elechi Amadi-The concubine
- Peter Abrahams-The Mine boy
- Alan Paton-Cry the beloved Country
- Ngugi Wa Thiongo-Weep not child,
- Jomo Kenyatta-Facing Mount Kenya
- Richard Wright–Native Son