[[caption-width-right:330:From left to right: Pomphis, Imaro, and Tanisha.]]

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

Saunders grew up reading the adventures of Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian and Franchise/{{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.

[[AC:In order, the series is as follows:]]
# ''Imaro''
# ''The Quest for Cush''
# ''The Trail of Bohu''
# ''The Naama War''
!!'''These books provide examples of:'''

* {{Badass}}: '''Imaro'''. By the end of the first story arc he's proven himself a warrior ''par excellence'', going far beyond the normal test of manhood for the Ilyassai. Instead of just slaying a lion, Imaro has done that plus [[spoiler: kill the Turkhana raiders that ambushed him, their sorcerer leader N'tu-mwaa, the treacherous shaman Muburi, and Muburi's master, the shaman-turned-EldritchAbomination Chitendu, plus a number of Chitendu's monstrous mooks. All before reaching the age of majority.]]
* BilingualBonus: Knowledge of Swahili will reveal many [[MeaningfulName meaningful names]].
** ''Nyumbani'' is Swahili for "home".
* BladeOnAStick: The Ilyassai WeaponOfChoice is the ''arem'', a long spear with a iron blade beginning halfway down its length, used both for throwing and melee combat.
* TheDarkSide: ''Mchawi'', powerful magic that causes some serious BodyHorror to the user.
* DisappearedDad: Imaro's father.
* DoubleStandard: Ilyassai women are only allowed to have children with Ilyassai men, but Ilyassai men can take women from other nations as spoils of war; the narration specifically calls this out as a double standard.
* 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".
* MedievalEuropeanFantasy: [[AvertedTrope Deliberately avoided]] by being set in a fantasy version of Africa, populated with African-esque characters.
* NotWhatISignedOnFor: The ''haramia'' tell this to Imaro at the end of Book I. They're fine with banditry for profit, but fighting whole armies, confronting {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, and chasing after [[spoiler: the traitor who has kidnapped Imaro's love interest?]] Um, yeah, good luck with that...
* RetCon: In the revised edition of the first book, "Slaves of the Giant Kings" has been replaced by "The Afua", because of the former story's [[HarsherInHindsight resemblance to the Rwandan genocide]].
* SpiderSense: ''Kufahuma'', which is an acute awareness of one's surroundings and the ability to sense approaching danger. This is described as a skill anyone can cultivate with time and effort, but Imaro has something else as well: the ability to sense ''[[TheDarkSide mchawi]]''.