September 22, 2023

This year’s lists include five African artistes, and a major African-based film.

By Editor

In his lists of favourite movies, books, and songs of the year 2022, former American president, Barack Obama, included five African artistes, and a major African-based film.

Obama tweeted saying, “I always look forward to sharing my lists of favorite books, movies, and music with all of you.”

The “Favorite Books of 2022” list, split into fiction and nonfiction categories, comprised a book each by American-Zambian novelist, Namwali Serpell, and Nobel Laureate, Abdulrazaq Gurnah. Serpell’s novel, The Furrows, which explored grief a family member feels for the loved dead, and Gurnah’s historical novel, Afterlives, made the list this year. 

Serpell’s book made it to Afrocritik’s list of best 25 novels of 2022. Check the list here

In the music category, Nigerian artistes, Burna Boy’s “Last Last”; Ayra Starr’s “Rush,” and Rema’s “Calm Down” were included in the list of 25 global musicians which has American singer, Beyoncé, and rapper Kendrick Lamar.

American director, Gina Maria Prince-Bythewood’s historical film, The Woman King, also made the list of Obama’s “Favorite Movies of 2022.” The movie which included prominent stars, such as Viola Davis, Thuso Mbedu, John Boyega, centres around the all-female Agodjie warriors of Dahomey and the rise of its first woman king.

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