Creative Writing in African Languages

Shelf with titles in southern African languages Film adaptation of a Yorùbá novel by Kola Akinlade English translation of a Zulu novel by Sibusiso Nyembezi Bilingual edition of Yorùbá plays by Akinwumi Isola Titles in Swahili Swahili novel by Ben R. Mtobwa

The Jahn Library for African Literatures holds a great amount of literary titles in currently more than eighty African languages.

The holdings of creative writing in African languages are, first of all, structured regionally: JF (West Africa), JG (Central Africa), JH (East Africa) und JK (Southern Africa). Furthermore, each language has a code derived from the initial letters of one of its designations.

Creative writing in West African languages has the shelf mark 'JF' followed by a specific language code, e.g., JF YOR for creative writing in Yorùbá, relevant critical sources and translations from and into the Yorùbá language.

Each language is further subdivided into general critical sources on creative writing in that language (1), anthologies in that language (2), critical sources on individual writers of that language (3) and literary works by individual writers in that language (4). Additionally, there are translations of literary works by individual writers from that language (5) and translations of literary works by individual writers into that language (6), e.g.:
     JF YOR1 General critical sources on Yorùbá literature
     JF YOR2 Yorùbá anthologies
     JF YOR3 Critical sources on individual Yorùbá writers
     JF YOR4 Literary works by individual Yorùbá writers
     JF YOR5 Translations of literary works by individual writers from the Yorùbá
     JF YOR6 Translations of literary works by individual writers into Yorùbá.

Some languages also have a category 'JZ' for journals in that languageUnlike literary works in the former colonial languages, literary works in African languages are ordered alphabetically according to writers' names, as are critical sources on individual writers and translations of literary works by individual writers.

Titles of the first two categories are numbered consecutively, titles of the other categories are numbered consecutively with respect to each writer.

Alphabetic list of African languages and their codes

Acholi JH ACH
Adangme JF DAN
Afrikaans JK AFR
Akan JF TWI
Akuapem-Twi JF TWI
Amharisch JH AMH
Asante-Twi JF TWI
Bamanankan JF BAM
Bambara JF BAM
Bemba (Zambia) JK BEM
Bini JF EDO
Bulu JF BUL
Calabar JF EFI
Chewa JK NYA
Chibemba JK BEM
Chichewa JK NYA
Chilunda JK LUN
Chiluvale JK LUV
Chinamwanga JK MWA
Chinyanja JK NYA
Chishona JK SHO
Chitonga JK TON
Chitshwa JK TSH
Chitumbuka JK TUM
Chivenda JK VEN
Creole (Guinea-Bissau Creole) JF POV
Creole (Krio, Sierra Leone) JF KRI
Dangme JF DAN
Dawida JH TAI
Edo JF EDO
Efik JF EFI
Ewe JF EWE
Fante JF FAN
Fon JF FON
Fula JF FUL
Fulfulde JF FUL
JF GA
Ganda JH GAN
Gbaya (variety: Gbaya-Kara) JG GBA
Gen JF GEN
Gĩkũyũ JH GIK
Guinea-Bissau Creole JF POV
Guingbé JF GEN
Gusii JH GUS
Hausa JF HAU
Herero JK HER
Ibibio JF EFI
Ichibemba JK BEM
Ichinamwanga JK MWA
Idoma JF IDO
Igbo JF IGB
Isiswazi JK SWA
Isixhosa JK XHO
Isizulu JK ZUL
Kalenjin JH KAL
Kamba JH KAM
Kanuri JF KAN
Kaonde JK KAO
Kerewe JH KER
Kidawida JH TAI
Kikamba JH KAM
Kikerewe JH KER
Kikongo JG KON
Kimbundu JK MBUN
Kinyarwanda JH RWA
Kirundi JH RUN
Kiswahili JH SWA
Kitaita JH TAI
Kitshwa JK TSH
Kituba JG KIT
Kongo JG KON
Kreol JH MFE
Kreol Seselwa JH SES
Krio JF KRI
Krobo JF DAN
Kwanyama JK KWA
Lenje JK LEN
Lingala JG LIN
Lozi JK LOZ
Luanda JK MBUN
Luba-Kasai JG LUB
Luganda JH GAN
Luluyia JH LUY
Lunda (Zambia) JK LUN
Luo (Kenya) JH LUO
Luo (Uganda) JH ACH
Luvale JK LUV
Luyia JH LUY
Lwo (Uganda) JH ACH
Maasai JH MAA
Malagasy JH MAL
Marka JF SON
Masai JH MAA
Maurisyen JH MFE
Mauritius Creole French JH MFE
Mbukushu JK MBU
Mbundu JK MBUN
Morisyen JH MFE
Mwanga JK MWA
Nama JK NAM
Ndebele JK NDE
Ndonga JK NDO
Nord-Sotho JK SEP
Nyanja JK NYA
Nyamwanga JK MWA
Nyoro-Tooro JH NYO
Nzema JF NZE
Ochindonga JK NDO
Oromo JH ORO
Otjiwambo JK NDO
Ovambo JK NDO
Owambo JK NDO
Patois (Krio, Sierra Leone) JF KRI
Peul JF FUL
Portuguese Creole JF POV
Réunion Creole French JH RCF
Rundi JH RUN
Runyoro-Rutooro JH NYO
Rwanda JH RWA
Sepedi JK SEP
Seselwa Creole French JH SES
Sesotho JK SES
Setswana JK TSW
Shitsonga JK TSO
Shona JK SHO
Silozi JK LOZ
Siswati JK SWA
Somali JH SOM
Songhai JF SON
Soninke JF SNK
Southern Sotho JK SES
Swahili JH SWA
Swati JK SWA
Taita JH TAI
Tem JF TEM
Tigrinya JH TIG
Thimbukushu JK MBU
Tiv JF TIV
Tonga (Zambia) JK TON
Tshiluba JG LUB
Tshwa JK TSH
Tsonga JK TSO
Tswa JK TSH
Tswana JK TSW
Tumbuka JK TUM
Twi JF TWI
Umbundu JK MBUN
Urundi JH RUN
Venda JK VEN
Vidunda JH VID
Wolof JF WOL
Xhosa JK XHO
Yorùbá JF YOR
Zambezi JK TON
Zulu JK ZUL