Cassava Republic is a publishing house that stood out for me when I first moved back to Nigeria. Cassava Republic was founded in 2006 and is based in Abuja. They are an independent publisher of literary and popular fiction, textbooks, coffee table, general interest and children's books.
Their mission is to change the way we all think about African writing. I for one am looking forward to them achieving that. We certainly need a change – we need more writing, and we need writing that is different.
Cassava is responsible for house favourites like:
The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin and Everyday for the Thief by Teju Cole.
Cassava Republic could certainly make do with a new website – Cassava, if you are reading this, contact me.
Cassava Republic recently launched a new imprint. Ankara Press was launched on Valentine’s Day, a well thought out move on their part – what better time to launch a collection of chick lit than on a day dedicated to love, romance and more importantly a day that reminds single women of how lonely they are. The novels would be perfect for those of us who needed an escape from the harshness of singledom.
The six novels were published in ebook format. They are as follows: A Tailor-Made Romance by Oyindamola Affinnih; A Taste Of Love by Sifa Asani Gowon; Black Sparkle Romance by Amara Nicole Okolo; Finding Love Again by Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam; Love’s Persuasion by Ola Awonubi; The Elevator Kiss by Amina Thula.
I strongly suspect that the titles were chosen or guided by Ankara Press – they all seem to have the word ‘Love’ or ‘Romance’ in them, except the last one and ‘Kiss’ is not exactly a quantum leap.
As far as I can tell, Ankara Press will be needing new writers soon! Those of you romance buffs out there, this is your time.