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A HeroicFantasy series by Charles Saunders, currently consisting of four books.

Saunders grew up reading the adventures of ConanTheBarbarian and {{Tarzan}}, but was troubled how such stories never had black heroes, even when Africa was involved. So he decided to write his own stories, and created Imaro and Nyumbani, his new hero and setting respectively. Nyumbani is a FantasyCounterpartCulture of AncientAfrica with people and places corresponding to real ones throughout Africa's history. Imaro, an outsider from the moment of his birth, overcomes endless challenges to his existence ranging from petty [[{{Jerkass}} Jerkasses]] who don't like him for [[DisappearedDad not having a father]] to an AncientConspiracy by [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]]. Imaro, aside from simply desiring survival, seeks to find the answers about his father and why he encounters so much misfortune. He makes good friends and hated enemies along his trek across Nyumbani.

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# ''Imaro''
# ''The Quest for Cush''
# ''The Trail of Bohu''
# ''The Naama War''
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!!'''These books provide examples of:'''

* BilingualBonus: Knowledge of Swahili will reveal many [[MeaningfulName meaningful names]].
** ''Nyumbani'' is Swahili for "home".
* TheDarkSide: ''Mchawi'', powerful magic that causes some serious BodyHorror to the user.
* DisappearedDad: Imaro's father.
* EldritchAbomination: The Mashataan is a race of these.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Nyumbani is full of counterparts to tribes, kingdoms, and empires of AncientAfrica.
* HeroicBastard: Imaro.
* LovecraftianSuperpower: Users of ''mchawi'' tend to develop abilities like CombatTentacles that fire [[DeathRay death rays]].
* MeaningfulName: "Imaro" is derived from ''imara'', Swahili for "power".