South African novelist Zakes Mda tells a story:
And how do I tell [my] story? I tell my story the way my grandmother told me stories. Her stories contained magic and the supernatural, but they operated in the context of the real, the context of objective reality. If I write magical realism, that's fine - it means my grandmother was a magical realist. And so was her grandmother before her, because that's the mode in which stories were told.
Many works of art have this lack of division between the between the supernatural and 'real' world and might be considered precursors, inspirations, or near cousins of African speculative fiction. A few examples are featured below: