Quick Answer: What is the oldest literature in Africa?

What is the first African literature?

They date to 800 BCE. After that, in the later part of the first millennium BCE, Nubian texts were written in a combination of Egyptian hieroglyphs and a cursive script called Meroitic, developed for a local African language. … Ancient Coptic literature was written by indigenous Egyptians in the first millennium CE.

When was the African literature began?

Early African Literature: An Anthology of Written Texts from 3000 BCE to 1900 CE.

What are the famous African literature?

African Literature Books

  • Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1) Chinua Achebe. …
  • Half of a Yellow Sun (Hardcover) Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. …
  • Americanah (Hardcover) …
  • Purple Hibiscus (Paperback) …
  • Homegoing (Hardcover) …
  • The Thing Around Your Neck (Hardcover) …
  • So Long a Letter (Paperback) …
  • Disgrace (Paperback)

How did African literature start?

African literature has origins dating back thousands of years to Ancient Egypt and hieroglyphs, or writing which uses pictures to represent words. Sub-Saharan Africa developed a written literature during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. …

What is modern African literature?

Modern African literature is written in indigenous African languages and in European languages used in Africa. Written African literature is very new compared to the indigenous oral tradition of literature which has been there and is still very much alive.

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