The new Kachifo website is out!!!
It is certainly a great improvement on the last site and allows one to fully appreciate the different imprints of the company.
Kachifo, I think it is safe to say, is the most popular publishing house in Nigeria. It is perhaps most commonly known as Farafina, which is actually the name of the imprint responsible for the publishing of Chimamanda Adichie’s novels in Nigeria.
Kachifo is a company that is dear to my heart, by virtue of it being where I started my career as an editor; nevertheless I will endeavour to be as neutral as I can in writing about the company. If you are a writer looking for a publisher in Nigeria, pay close attention.
Kachifo is based in Lagos, Nigeria and was founded in 2004 by Muhtar Bakare. It is an independent publisher of literary and popular fiction, textbooks, coffee table, general interest and children's books.
The books that have been published by Farafina include:
Purple Hibiscus (Commonwealth Prize for first book) and Half of a Yellow Sun (Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction), both by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Everything Good Will Come (2006 Wole Soyinka Prize for Fiction) by Sefi Atta and Zahrah the Windseeker (2008 Wole Soyinka Prize for Fiction) by Nnedi Okorafor.
Kachifo recently launched two new imprints – Breeze and Kamsi. These imprints are in addition to the four we are already aware of – Farafina – which I believe targets African literary fiction; Tuuti – fiction for children and youth; Prestige – their vanity publishing arm and Farafina Educational for the textbooks etc.
Breeze books are set to deal with genre fiction written by Nigerians for Nigerians. The genres include romance, thriller, sci-fi, fantasy and short stories. I am really excited about this particular imprint. It did not sit well with me that Nigerian publishers seemed to shy away from what is often donned as ‘commercial fiction’. I have as great an appreciation for literary fiction as anyone else, but I love me some crime, and some fantasy. I generally believe the majority of Nigerians would choose commercial fiction over literary fiction in their day to day lives, so it pleases me to see that Kachifo is taking the necessary steps to addressing the need in the market.
Chasing Facades by Elizabeth Olushola Adeola was the first book to be published by the imprint and The Stress Test by Mojisola Aboyade – Cole is the second. Both novels appear to sit firmly in the crime genre and they are both books I intend to read and review as soon as I acquire them.
Kamsi Books is Kachifo’s new lifestyle imprint and will be focused on bringing creative non-fiction, celebrity memoirs, lifestyle books, cooking books, travel books, etc, to the reading public.
Kachifo has certainly gone a long way in changing what we as Nigerians read and bringing the work of Nigerian authors to our doorstep.
You can buy Kachifo books at several outlets across Nigeria, but for those of you who are lazy, like me, you can also get them from Konga.com.