Farafina Books-Telling Our Own Stories

Truly, Farafina Books has come a long way. What started six years ago as a modest attempt to ‘tell our own stories’ has today blossomed into Nigeria’s leading independent publisher. Of course, it goes without saying that many shy away from the publishing industry, but we dare say that we have carved a niche for ourselves since our entry. As expected, there were obstacles, but more importantly, we overcame them. Wanna know more about the Farafina ‘journey’? Pasted below is an article by Belinda Otas of Publishing Perspectives, an international online publishing newsletter. Enjoy!

Nigeria’s Farafina Books: Publishing By Africans for Africans

• Established in 2004, Farafina Books has become one of Nigeria’s leading independent literary publishers. With 24 titles on its list — including the work of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie — the company is leading a revolution in the movement to publish books by Africans for Africans.

• Though Farafina continues to struggle against the limitations of publishing in Nigeria, notably poor infrastructure and distribution, the owners believe change is coming and have launched editorial workshops to help engender the next generation of African publishers.

Nigeria’s Farafina Books: Publishing By Africans for Africans

• Established in 2004, Farafina Books has become one of Nigeria’s leading independent literary publishers. With 24 titles on its list — including the work of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie — the company is leading a revolution in the movement to publish books by Africans for Africans.

• Though Farafina continues to struggle against the limitations of publishing in Nigeria, notably poor infrastructure and distribution, the owners believe change is coming and have launched editorial workshops to help engender the next generation of African publishers.

LAGOS: In Nigeria, demand is primarily limited to books for the education market. So, how does a literary publishing house thrive and stay profitable? This is the riddle that the owners of Farafina books have been working on since 2004 when they first launched their company. Along the way, they have helped break down barriers within the Nigerian publishing industry and become one of the nation’s leading independent publishers.

Owner Muhtar Bakare has been described by author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as “a humanist, who is widely read, a pan-African, who is thoughtful and has an instinctive understanding of the nuances of Nigerian society, and a capitalist eager to prove that publishing can be a viable business.” His company was founded on the premise of “Telling Our Own Stories,” first to Nigerians and then to the wider world, as well as a desire to change the shape of Nigeria’s publishing landscape. “When we started Farafina, publishing in Nigeria was totally focused on textbooks and biographies. No one wanted to touch fiction, and for very good business reasons, too,” says Bakare. “Literary fiction writers in Nigeria were either published abroad or they were publishing themselves out of sheer necessity. We wanted to fill that gap, find and publish good quality literary fiction that could be commercially viable in Nigeria and possibly also exportable. We wanted to deliver quality at a goods price to Nigerians.”

Simidele Dosekun, chief operating officer (COO) of Kachifo, who runs the day-to-day business, adds it is critical for Nigerians to publish themselves, because “For too long, we have been misrepresented by others, especially by those who came and still come with colonizing, paternalistic and exploitative agendas. We have thereby to an extent lost touch with ourselves, our histories, culture and realities.” Click for more:http://publishingperspectives.com/?p=19410

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13 thoughts on “Farafina Books-Telling Our Own Stories

  1. Good evening farafina, please i would like to know if you publish western novels of the fantasy genre. If you do,pls reply me back cause i have a book talking about a girl who lives as a witch in a strange and evil world where no one is right.

  2. Good day sir, am Aminu Wada and am very much amazed with the kachifo books and i would like to know if the publishing house is engaged in western novels most especially fantasies that bear the western names. Please if you do you can send me an email on getting my novel published, both international and locally.

  3. I am amazed at the swift response to my email. Kudos to you guys. Its simply unbelievable considering my engagement with other publishing companies.

  4. Hello.Good day sir, my name is Uzoma Ogueri, am an officer cadet studying in the Nigerian Defence Academy kaduna. I have written a number of fictions i will like to forward to you to edit and if my work is good help me and publish. The first is a collection of poems, fifty in number under the title ‘Echoes from the heart’, the second is a novel, so is the third, please what is the requirement? and how do i send it across to you? thanks and God bless.

  5. I once wrote and commended your establishment for the good work. I wish this time, to see how we can have a deal. A book at my disposal pending printing and possibly publishing, about 1500 copies to be printed. Do you have an agent in Abuja? You can reach me on 08065565543 or 07056276098. Contact me immediately if you can. Thank you. “Sorry for the mistakes in the first posting”

  6. i really luv what fara is doing…………big ups!!!!!!!!!
    im 18 and i write poems
    would grateful if i can be informed on how to get my poems to you guys.
    thanks.
    kelvin.

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