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B efore university, during our years there and in the time since, the books that we have been exposed to have shaped our ideas, our writing — and ultimately how we see the world.

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Being able to see our realities reflected in the books we read has made us who we are. Some of these books were difficult to read and forced us to confront difficult truths about our place in the world. But we also found joy, and these books gave us permission to dream.

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Reading stories about lives like ours gave us the confidence to tell our own. Here are some of them. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Though I went to school in Nigeria for more than five years, Half of a Black women reading Sun was my first real encounter with the devastating Biafran civil war of the late s that remains a sore memory for many Nigerians. Against this historical backdrop, the novel explores the lives of a professor, his girlfriend, their houseboy and the various other people they encounter.

Ore Ogunbiyi.

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Her descriptions are vibrant and vivid; so many scenes lingered in my mind and followed me into my dreams. Chelsea Kwakye. The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon This book is almost solely responsible for the passion that fuelled my Cambridge application. Fanon details the impact of colonialism on the psyches of black people.

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Reading it more than 50 Black women reading after publication was a visceral confrontation with a legacy that remains a shadow over black people. Biased: The New Science of Black women reading and Inequality by Jennifer Eberhardt Although grounded in scientific research, this book dissects how our ideas of race are social constructs. Eberhardt details experiences, conversations and most notably, interactions with her own kids who try to articulate their racial trauma.

Biased has given me a well-rounded and critical understanding of racial bias and answers the tough question: why does it exist at all? Cooper gives us permission to not only be angry but to use our anger. She invites other black women to share in her experiences, including desiring men while often feeling let down by them; finding a balance between her faith and her feminism; and learning the art of self-love in a society plagued with misogynoir. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi The best book I have read. I laughed, gasped and cried within a matter of a few s.

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A hilarious tale about a polygamous family in modern-day Nigeria, told with both refreshing candour and subtlety, interwoven with themes of Nigerian patriarchy. I remember being shocked by the physical, emotional and sexual abuse of the protagonist Celie, at the hands of the men and women in her life.

It was my first exposure to how segregation and racial politics played out in the everyday lives of African Americans. It should be mandatory reading for every black girl. For so long, I had viewed Nigeria as a paradise of sorts, but Black women reading cleverly exposes what drives Nigerian women to want to leave, and how many are so desperate to stay away that they end up in sex work.

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Instead, it taught me the importance of empathy and solidarity, even in the most brutal circumstances. A complex mosaic of experiences exist — this should not be simplified for the sake of lacklustre public debate.

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A black girl's reading list: 10 books to inspire and challenge. Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi. Thu 11 Jul Reuse this content.

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