Introduction by Robert Spillman -- West Africa: Nonfiction. Chinua Achebe (Nigeria): The African writer and the English language -- Fiction. Helon Habila (Nigeria): from Waiting for an angel -- Mohammed Neseehu Ali (Ghana): The manhood test -- Chris Abani (Nigeria): from Becoming Abigail -- E. C. Osondu (Nigeria): Voice of America -- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria): Half of a yellow sun -- Francophone Africa: Nonfiction. Patrice Nganang (Cameroon): The Senghor complex -- Fiction. Alain Mabanckou (Congo): from Broken window -- Fatou Diome (Senegal): from The belly of the Atlantic -- Boubacar Boris Diop (Senegal): from Murambi, the book of bones -- North Africa: Nonfiction. Laila Lalami (Morocco): The politics of reading fiction -- Nawal El Saadawi (Egypt): from Woman at point zero -- Mohamed Magani (Algiers): From The butcher's aesthetics -- Aziz Chouaki (Algiers): from The star of Algiers -- Leila Aboulela (Sudan): "Souvenirs" -- East Africa: Nonfiction. Binyavanga Wainaina (Kenya): from Discovering home -- Fiction. Nng'g' wa thiong'o (Kenya): from Wizard of the crow -- Doreen Baingana (Uganda): Christianity killed the cat -- Nuruddin Farah (Somalia): from Knots -- Abdourahman A. Waberi (Djibouti): from The united states of Africa -- Former Portuguese Colonies: Nonfiction. Mia Couto (Mozambique): Languages we don't know we know -- Fiction. Ondjaki (Angola): Dragonfly -- José Eduardo Agualusa (Angola): from The book of chameleons -- Southern Africa: Nonfiction. J. M. Coetzee (South Africa): from Stranger shores -- Fiction. Yvonne Vera (Zimbabwe): Dead swimmers -- Niq Mhlongo (South Africa): from Dog eat dog -- Nadine Gordimer (South Africa): "A beneficiary" -- Marlene Van Niekerk (South Africa): from Agaat -- Zakes Mda (South Africa): from Ways of dying -- Ivan Vladislavi' (South Africa): "The whites only bench"