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Obama Shares Summer Reading List Featuring African Authors Ahead of His Trip to the Continent

President Barack Obama's 2018 summer reading list includes a number of African literary classics.

Former U.S. president Barack Obama will embark on his first trip to the continent since he left office this week, where he'll visit his ancestral home of Kenya, before heading to South Africa to convene with the Obama Foundation Leaders and deliver the keynote address to mark Nelson Mandela's 100th Birthday.

As if we needed another reason to sorely miss the former leader, Obama has shared his latest summer reading list, ahead of his trip to the continent, with titles from some of Africa's literary greats.

"Over the years since, I've often drawn inspiration from Africa's extraordinary literary tradition," said the former head of state on his Facebook page. "As I prepare for this trip, I wanted to share a list of books that I'd recommend for summer reading, including some from a number of Africa's best writers and thinkers—each of whom illuminate our world in powerful and unique ways."

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