Things Fall Apart (1959): Repeated reading has not lessened my joy of opening the first page of Chinua Achebe’s masterpiece and getting immersed in the life of Okonkwo and his people in Umuofia.
No Longer At Ease (1960): Obi. Western education. Africa in transition from colonial rule. Corruption. Masterfully told.
Arrow of God (1964): Ezeulu, the Chief Priest, in a struggle against colonialism, cultural disruption and a new religion that was about to permanently change his world.
These three, along with Ousmane Sembene’s God’s Bits of Wood, are my recommendations for anyone who wishes to explore African storytelling at its best.