Half of a Yellow Sun (Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie)

“My point is that the only authentic identity for the African is the tribe...I am Nigerian because a white man created Nigeria and gave me that identity. I am black because the white man constructed black to be as different as possible from his white. But I was Igbo before the white man came.”

“My point is that the only authentic identity for the African is the tribe...I am Nigerian because a white man created Nigeria and gave me that identity. I am black because the white man constructed black to be as different as possible from his white. But I was Igbo before the white man came.”

Nigeria / 2006

This historical novel is set during Nigeria's Biafran War—which lasted from 1967 to 1970. Adichie tells the story through the eyes of three main characters: a village boy, a math professor and the daughter of a chief. You can watch the film version of this book on Netflix!