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8 BookTubers Review Books by African Authors

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Thug Notes review of Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. Not much to say. Just watch:

Jouelzy’s review of Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Jouelzy is… interesting. She has some good things to say, though I don’t always agree with her. She challenges my thinking and she has valid view points, and her own unique perspective. It is a good idea to learn from people who have very different views from you – I think!

I love what she says about Ifemelu’s interactions with African-Americans. It’s really telling about those Africans who have lived or still live in the US, what we end up saying (or not) about African-Americans, and what African-Americans in turn would say about Africans (or not). She seemed genuinely shocked about what Nigerians would openly say about themselves. So much to interpret or discuss in what she extracted from the book, and the questions she had that really came from a place of truly wanting to learn.

ThisAfropolitanLife’s review of Every Day Is For The Thief by Teju Cole

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ThisAfropolitanLife is a pretty good reviewer, who I could easily relate to. I’m more curious about this book than I was before, and it’s gone on my ever-expanding must-read list.

Kalanadi’s review of Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor

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Kalanadi. I loved this review, because it was succinct and she read into the book so well. So intrigued by this book already, but this review makes me want to conjure it up into my hands right now!

Ethnique185’s review of Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi

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Ethnique185 does not seem to like Ghana Must Go and I found her review style challenging. But it’s necessary that we have more reviews of books by and about Africans. I loved Ghana Must Go, so I am quite open to hear more opinions about it. This one was labour to watch but hey, it’s out there.

Update: I was able to find another review of Ghana Must Go which is clearer and more coherent. Here Brown Girl Reading shows what makes the book a difficult read for some. I appreciated this review a lot.

This was not quite a review about Bom Boy by Yewande Omotoso but more of a statement on how it positively influenced book vlogger Linda Kaoma

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Linda Kaoma’s channel Linda Reads is light-hearted and fun to watch. She has such a cool way of getting to the heart of a book that you immediately want to run out and get it. She also understands herself and what she likes. She’s not about reading what’s ‘fashionable’ or ‘literary’. She’s reading for herself, her own pleasure and growth, and this is a message that can’t be shared enough. This was a cheat addition in this list, because she’s just sharing books that most influenced her. Good to see Yewande Omotoso’s Bom Boy listed as one of her influences in her writing journey. It will be great to see how Linda develops her channel.

Rincey Reads review of Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

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Rincey of Rincey Reads is a popular BookTuber who focuses on YA so it is only fit and proper that she reviewed Akata Witch. And yes, it’s Nnedi once again, but I think it’s so cool to see Nnedi Okorafor reviewed so well, based on her ability to write across genres. Rincey thought that the author at this point wasn’t yet thorough at world-building but that there was more to her to appreciate and look forward to in later works. She references other famous authors that she judged in a similar way.

Siyanda Mohutsiwa’s review of We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

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Siyanda Mohutsiwa has some good book reviews up on YouTube, and this is one of them. A voracious reader, she describes what she likes about the book so well, and also calls out its inconsistencies. She loves the cover, the language Bulawayo uses and also what she sees as a connection to how African writers used to write and add to the English language. I like her nostalgia for this way of writing, and it makes me think about all the corners of literature that have yet to be covered and uncovered.

With that, it’s clear that the space is wide open for more not only written reviews but vlogger reviews by Africans and on books by and about Africans. Send me any others you know of or if you’ve started your own vlog and are BookTubing, do let me know.

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