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  1. Adetula Victor, Kamski Benedikt, Mehler Andreas and Melber Henning (eds). 2019. Africa Yearbook: Politics, Economy and Society South of the Sahara in 2018. Brill Reviews. 531 pp. 
  2. Adi, Hakim (ed). 2019 .  Black British History: New Perspectives. London, UK: Zed Books. 229 pp.  
  3. Anaedozie, Emeka. 2019. Nuwaubian Pan Africanism: Back to our Root. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. 144 pp.
  4. Ayee, R.A. Joseph. 2019. Politics, Governance and Development in Ghana. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 339 pp. 
  5. Bajorek Jennifer. 2020. Unfixed: Photography and Decolonial Imagination in West Africa. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press 352 pp.
  6. Balogun, M. Oluwakemi, Lisa Gilman, Melissa Graboyes, and Habib Iddrisu. 2019 (eds). Africa Every Day: Fun, Leisure, and Expressive Culture on the Continent. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press. 386 pp. 
  7. Bernault, Florence. 2019. Colonial Transactions: Imaginaries, Bodies, and Histories in Gabon. Durham, North Carolina:Duke University Press. 344 pp.
  8. Belluci, Stefano and Eckert, Andreas  (eds). 2019. General Labour History of Africa: Workers, Employers and Governments, 20th -21st Centuries. Suffolk, UK:James Currey Publishers. 761 pp.
  9. Berthet, Marina, Rosa, Fernando & Viljoen Shaun (eds). 2019. Moving Spaces: Creolisation and Mobility in Africa, the Atlantic and Indian Ocean. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Publishers. 212 pp.
  10. Blier, Preston Susanne. 2019. Picasso’s Demoiselles: The Untold Origins of a Modern Masterpiece. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. 448 pp.
  11. Bonnet, Charles. 2019. The Black Kingdom of the Nile. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. 224 pp.
  12. Corey-Boulet, Robbie. 2019. Love Falls on Us: A Story of American ideas and African LGBT Lives. London, UK: Zed Books. 307 pp.
  13. Clarke, Kamari Maxine. 2019. Affective Justice: The International Criminal Court and the Pan- Africanist Pushback. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. 384 pp.
  14. Debele, Bekele Serawit. 2019. Locating Politics in Ethiopia’s Irreecha Ritual. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Publishers. 209 pp. 
  15. Du Plessis, Carien and Plaut Martin. 2019. Understanding South Africa. London, UK: Hurst Publishers. 316 pp.
  16. Evans, Laura. 2019. Survival in the Dumping Grounds: A Social History of Apartheid Relocation. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Publishers. 302 pp. 
  17. Enrique Ubieta Gomez. 2020. Red Zone: Cuba and the Battle against Ebola in West Africa. Pathfinder Press. 278 pp
  18. Falola, Toyin. 2019. In Praise of Greatness: The Poetics of African Adulation. Durham, North Carolina: Carolina Academic Press. 1035 pp.
  19. Falola, Toyin, Parrott, R. Joseph, and Sanchez, Porter Danielle (eds). 2019. Africa Islands: Leading Edges of Empire and Globalization. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press. 432 pp.
  20. Gilhus, Sælid Ingvild , Tsakos, Alexandos and Wright, Camila Marta. 2019. The Archangel Micheal in Africa: History, Cult and Persona. London, UK: Bloomsbury Publishing. 246 pp.
  21. Griffiths, M. O. Anne. 2019. Transformations on the Ground: Space and the Power of Land in Botswana. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. 192 pp. 
  22. Ibreck, Rachel. 2019. South Sudan’s Injustice System: Law and Activism on the Frontline.  London, UK: Zed Books. 270 pp.
  23. Iva, Pesa. 2019. Roads through Mwinnilunga: A History of Social Change in Northwest Zambia. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Publishers. 429 pp.
  24. Janzen, M. John. 2019. Health in a Fragile State: Science, Sorcery and Spirit in the Lower Congo. Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press. 246 pp.
  25.  Johnson, J. Lamar Gloria Boutte, Gwenda Greene, and Dywanna Smith (eds). 2019. African Diaspora Literacy: The Heart of Transformation in K-12 Schools and Teacher Education. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 191 pp.
  26. Keough, Sarah Beth and Scott M. Youngstedt. 2019. Water, Life, and Profit: Fluid Economies and Cultures of Niamey, Niger. New York, NY: Berghahn Books. 178 pp.
  27. Luste Boulbina, Seloua. 2019. Kafka’s Monkey and other Phantoms of Africa. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. 332 pp. 
  28. Lynn M. Thomas. 2020. Beneath the Surface: A Transactional History of Skin Lighteners. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press 368 pp
  29. Martell, Peter. 2019. First Raise a Flag: How Sudan Won the Longest War but Lost the Peace. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. 320 pp.
  30. Mbembe, Achille. 2019. Necropolitics: Theory in Forms. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. 224 pp.
  31. Merwe, van der Justin, Bond, Patrick & Dodd, Nicole (eds). 2019. BRICS and Resistance in Africa: Contention, Assimilation and Co-optation. London, UK: Zed Books. 282 pp.
  32. Melber, Henning. 2019. Dag Hammarskjold, the United Nations and the Decolonization of Africa. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. 296 pp.
  33. Muaka, Leornard and Lisanza, Esther Mukewa (eds). 2019. Language in Contemporary African Cultures and Societies. Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group. 241 pp. 
  34. Mutsvairo, Bruce and Muneri, Cleophas. 2019. Journalism, Democracy and Human Rights in Zimbabwe. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. 149 pp.
  35. Newell, Stephanie. 2019. Histories of Dirt: Media and Urban Life in Colonial and Postcolonial Lagos. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. 272 pp.
  36. Oliver van Beemen. 2019. Heineken in Africa: A Multinational Unleashed: London, UK: Hurst Publishers. 256 pp.
  37. Osseo-Asare, Dave Abena. 2019. Atomic Junction: Nuclear Power in Africa after Independence. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. 278 pp.
  38. Piot, Charles. 2019. The Fixer: Visa Lottery Chronicles. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. 224 pp.
  39. Potts, David (ed). 2019. Tanzanian Development: A Comparative Perspective. Suffolk, UK: James Currey Publishers. 363 pp.
  40. Reynolds, Pamela. 2019. The Uncaring, Intricate World: A Field Diary, Zambezi Valley, 1984-1985. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. 208 pp. 
  41. Rogerson J. M. Jennifer. 2020. Privileges of Birth: Constellations of Care, Myth and Race in South Africa. New York, NY: Berghahn Books. 194pp
  42. Rubbers, Benjamin and Jedlowsi, Alessandro (eds). 2019. Regimes of Responsibility in Africa. Genealogies, Rationalities and Conflicts. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press. 344 pp.
  43. Rutherford, B.K & Sowers J.L. 2019. Modern Egypt: What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. 208 pp.
  44. Schaefer, P. Ronald & Egbokhare, O. Francis. 2019. Class Marking in Emai: Retention, Reduction and Transformation of Inflectional Resources. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. 281 pp.
  45. Smith, Constance. 2019. Nairobi in the Making Landscapes of Time & Urban Belonging.Suffolk, UK: James Currey. 210 pp. 
  46. Stanek, Lukasz. 2019. Architecture in Global Socialism: Eastern Europe, West Africa, and the Middle East in Cold War. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. 368 pp.
  47. Soetan, Funmi and Akanji, Bola  (eds). 2019. Through the Gender Lens: A Century of Social and Political Development in Nigeria. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. 360 pp.
  48. Siollun, Max. 2019. Nigeria’s Soldiers of Fortune: The Abacha and Obasanjo Years. London, UK: Hurst Publishers. 325 pp.
  49. Styles, A. Megan. 2019. Labor, Environment and the Global Trade in Cut Flowers in lake Naivasha, Kenya: Roses from Kenya. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press. 248 pp.
  50. Tcheuyap, Alexie and Hervé A. 2019. Avoir peur. Insécurité et roman en Afrique Francophone. Quebec, Canada: Littérature et imaginaire contemporain.292 pp.
  51. Walker, Iain. 2019. Islands in a Cosmopolitan Sea: A History of the Comoros. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. 293 pp.
  52. Welsh, Kariamu, Diouf, Esailama & Daniel, Yvonne (eds). 2019. Hot Feet and Social Change: African Dance and Diaspora Communities. Champaign, Illinois:University of Illinois Press. 328 pp.
  53. Willan, Brian. 2019. Sol Plaatje: A life of Solomon Tshekisho Plaatje, 1876-1932. Charlottesville, Virginia: University of Virginia Press. 770 pp.