African literature in local radio

Head of NAI library Åsa Lund Moberg participated in the radio program ’Förmiddag i P4 Uppland’ on Thursday. She was asked to recommend literature from Africa.

“I chose three books, one is set in Somalia (or current Somaliland) and two set in Nigeria. All three are young, promising authors who have received both prize nominations and have won prestigious literature awards”, says Åsa Lund Moberg.

The three recommended books are:
’The orchard of lost souls’ by Nadifa Mohamed
‘The fishermen’ by Chigozie Obioma
'Under the Udala trees' by Chinelo Okparanta

“Under the Udala trees is my favourite! It is not available in Swedish yet but I hope it will be soon. Chinelo Okparanta is born in Port Harcourt in Nigeria but moved to the United States when she was 10 years old. This is her debut novel, it is very convincing both as a love novel and a childhood depiction”, Lund Moberg continues.

Links to book blogs with suggestions of African literature.
Most titles are available at the Nordic Africa Institute’s library.

’Förmiddag i P4 Uppland’ was broadcasted on May 19th at 10.03 – 13.00.
Listen to the program here (in Swedish, 8.05 into the program, opens in new window).

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