The rate of literary outturn by Africans, though comparatively smaller, has been progressively increasing. Africans have been writing and publishing for over a century now. For instance, The Anglo-Fante Short Story by Kobina Sekyi was published in the West African Magazine in 1918. The author's play Blinkards was first performed on-stage around 1915. The novels Ethiopia Unbound: Studies in Race Emancipation by Ephraim Casely-Hayford and Eighteen Pence by R. E. Obeng's were published in 1911 and 1943. Similarly, Herbert Isaac Ernest Dhlomo's The Girl Who Killed to Save: Nongqawuse the Liberator was published in 1935.
Several of these examples exist. However, the publication of Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart (1958) brought African literature to a wider audience. The numerous translations (into more than fifty languages) and its widespread distribution made it one of the most translated and read African novels. The effect is that when asked, most non-Africans mention it as the only African book they have read. It creates the impression as if it is the definitive African novel; that once one has read it one has a complete understanding of African Literature. Thus, readers are unwilling to go beyond it.
Now the question I am asking my non-African readers is, apart from Things Fall Apart which other African book (novel, play, poetry anthology) have you read? How did you discover it (if you still remember)? And how different it is, if any, from other novels you have read?