Hope you have been having an amazing 2016 so far despite all the horrendous things going on in the world (plenty of goof things still happen).
I’d like to just tell you about this wonderful Nigerian publishing company that is launching in the UK.
Cassava Republic Press is a Nigerian publishing company that started in 2006 and now they’re opening a branch in London. Woohoo.
Their motto is ‘feeding the African imagination’ which i think is great because people in Africa (the whole continent) need food for the soul too and what is better than stories? Many cultures have oral storytelling but there are still plenty of people who WANT to read books but accessibility and availability is often a problem.
CRP is founded by Bibi Bakare-Yusuf and Jeremey Weate and they both run the company along with Emma Shercliff. It’s amazing how far they have come since it is such a small company.👏🏽
So what kind of books do they publish?
- Literary Fiction
- Cassava Crime
- Ankara Romance
- Cassava Kids/Children’s (including YA)
So their romance imprint Ankara Press features strong independent black women which is awesome as it portrays ‘a new kind of romance’ featuring young black characters. so if that is your thing then give their books a try. The ebooks are available on their website and amazon and the print books will be out in July in the UK.
Since their official launch is April 2016 they are releasing 5 books.
- Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun by Sarah Ladipo Manyika
- Born on a Tuesday by Elnathan John
- Easy Motion Tourist by Leye Adenle
- Princess Arabella’s Birthday by Mylo Freeman
- Princess Arabella Mixes Colours by Mylo Freeman
Princess Arabella is adorable and the illustrations are really cute so kids will definitely love her!
Like a Mule is an amazing book because it is so diverse! It has multiple narrators but the main one is Dr Morayo, a 74 year old woman who loves books and drives a Porsche! She also interacts with so many different people and it’s just such an uplifting novel! Plus the cover is really pretty.
Born on a Tuesday is incredible. it’s such a haunting coming of age story set in Northern Nigeria and deals with various issues from friendship and loss to fundamentalism and faith.
Easy Motion Tourist is a thrilling crime novel about organ trafficking in Lagos. Amaka is such a badass character and I just love her. Hope there are more books featuring Amaka as I’d defo like to see more from her!
the launch authors are also going to be coming to the UK for a book tour which is exciting!
- Oxford Literary Festival
- Cambridge Literary Festival
- Waterstones Piccadilly
- Dulwich Books
- Book & Kitchen
- The Alligator’s Mouth Bookshop
I’m so excited for their launch and they will be open for submissions probably by the end of April so if you have a story in you then get writing!
They also have Giveaways on Goodreads for UK readers so ENTER NOW!!!
Also, if you have read their books or are going to then please don’t forget to leave a review on amazon and goodreads because authors really do appreciate it.
Anyways, hope everyone has a fabulous April full of sunshine and smiles!
‘Books are what I love most.’ – Sarah Ladipo Manyika (Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun)