4 Books To Read To Feel Inspired
Sometimes there’s nothing better than finding a book that really captures your mind and inspiration - especially one that you can relate to. Books are not just about escaping your reality from time to time; many books actually help us cope with our own realities, make us feel less alone and gives us hope. They can be read over and over again and passed on from friend to friend or generation to generation. There are some books that are definitely worth investing in so here’s a list of a few I think you’d love for a long time.
Steve Biko - I write what I like
This book is a South African classic Choma. Steve Biko is one of the most well-known South African struggle heroes of apartheid. He was smart, fearless, brave and conscious. He always knew that his mind was one of his most powerful weapons and this is why his book is so important. It was first published in 1978 and is basically made up of Steve Biko’s writings from 1969. You might love this book because it not only gives you a bit of South Africa’s history and what the apartheid regime was like - it will also remind you to use your mind as a weapon, even during the toughest time.
Quote: “The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.”
- Steve Biko, I write what I like
Mohale Mashigo - The Yearning
The title of this book might sound like a romantic novel Choma, but it’s an interesting book about a young woman on a journey of self-discovery. The book is Mohale Mashigo’s first novel and is about a young woman named Marubini. Marubini is a strong and independent woman still dealing with the struggle of her father passing away when she was young. The book focuses on Marubini’s journey, dealing with the choice she needs to make between her career and her calling as a traditional healer. You might love this book because it follows the journey of a young woman who has to deal with things we all go through: love, loss, pain of the past and our hope for the future.
Quote: “A girl is like a seed; just the beginning stage of something big, something wonderful that will affect the whole world in ways unthought of” - Mohale Mashigo, The Yearning
Sefi Atta - Everything Good will Come
Everything good will come is a story about a young girl, named Enitan, growing up in Nigeria. The book focuses on her journey through life and all the problems she has to face - from family issues and cheating boyfriends to rape and imprisonment. You would love this book because it deals with the real issues of growing up, especially growing up a girl. The book is also about a strong character who learns to use her voice and realizes how to become her own hero.
Quote: “This is a courageous story about friendship and self-discovery, it is a rallying cry to women to speak out in a world that tries to muzzle them.” – Helon Habila
Doreen Baingana - Tropical Fish
This book is another one about growing up and the journey towards becoming a woman. But it’s not just one story but a few short stories that are connected. Tropical fish is about three sisters from Uganda who are dealing with the challenges of being young women and also of growing up in a place that has its own challenges. You would love this book because you can read multiple short stories of strong women facing great challenges, and how they’ve risen above those challenges. It might also be relatable to you because it follows the lives of girls who go through what most of us go through, from heartache and joy to life at home and hardships at school.
Quote: “I think fiction, perhaps as a side effect, can be educational, but I don't write to teach people. I just write to answer questions for myself and hope reveal some truth. If people learn something from it, that's great” - Doreen Baingana
These are only a few suggestions on a long list of books by South African and African authors. Do you have a favourite book you would suggest? Tell me in the comments below.
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