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Four Highly Recommended Books Written by Women of Colour

Diversity isn't about ticking a list, it's about telling everyone's stories on an equal playing field. Here are some women that are doing just that!

Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie

Tired of seeing the same faces, write similar kinds of stories? Looking for a different story to get your creative juices flowing? Here are some amazing books written by authors, that tell stories that will whisk you away, into another world, a world where people come in various shades and sizes. Enjoy!

"Stay With Me" by Ayobami Adebayo

Stay With Me is a story set in 1960s Nigeria and is focused around a Nigerian couple, Yejide and Akin, who are having difficulties conceiving a child. When the possibility of a second wife is introduced into the mix, all hell breaks loose and let's just say, for the most part, you won't be able to anticipate the joys, miseries and uncomfortable truths that uncover themselves throughout the plot. 

This book tackles issues such as the fragile masculinity of the entitled, African, male ego as well as the fragility of love and marriage. This is a book that will truly stick with you for years. It was my favourite book of 2017. I highly recommend it and if that isn't enough, it was long-listed for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction! 

"Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions" by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie

Chimamanda writes this book, initially as a letter to a close friend who wants to know how she should raise her daughter to be a feminist. This book is truly one of a kind, it tells itself like a set of short stories but also a to-do list, all in one? It's a short and easy read and although you may not agree with every notion that Chimamanda makes (I didn't), she is a fantastic and persuasive author that really gets you thinking about feminism from a more international perspective—rather than solely a western one. 

I also think mothers that intend to bring their children up with feminist morals (is that a thing yet?), would really appreciate this book. It's the type of book that goes above the generic complaints about mansplaining and freeing the nipple and truly targets real day-to-day issues that arise due to gender inequality. Chimamanda wants us all to raise our boys and girls equally! 

"Homegoing" by Yaa Gyasi

Homegoing tells the deeply piercing and uncomfortable truths about a set of sisters who live very different lives. One becoming a slave and the other being married to a slave owner. The story itself starts off in Ghana, West Africa before the reader is then transported to the lives of each character and finally brings us to America. It is somewhat of a coming of age story but is a story that will truly touch you to the core. I was left with a tear in my eye by the end. 

"The Little Black Book" by Otegha Uwagba

This book is described as a modern career guide every creative woman needs but I shall rephrase this statement by saying; This book is a modern career guide for every woman! Yes, this book does have a creative-sector focus but even women outside of the creative industries can benefit massively from reading this book. Otegha is so generous in sharing the key lessons that she's learned throughout her career, as well as providing the life lessons of other creative and successful women throughout the book. This book shares tips on money management, asking for a raise (and why you really do deserve one), self-care and so much more. 

The thing that I loved most about this book, was how practical it is. It isn't the sort of self-help book that you read, that leaves you euphoric and high on meaningless jargon. The Little Black Book really does give you practical steps that you can take away with you, the moment you read them and if my recommendation isn't enough, this book is a Sunday Times Bestseller!

So, the Next Time You’re Headed to the Bookstore, Remember…

To pick up books by different types of authors, only then are you truly open to all the amazing stories that have been written. 


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