CAVEAT EMPTOR: Fake Copies of Americanah

The pirates are at it again. It has come to our attention that counterfeit copies of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel, Americanah, published in Nigeria by Kachifo Ltd under its Farafina imprint, are being sold by street vendors and certain bookshops.

This issue highlights the dilemma faced by Nigerian publishers, writers artistes, filmmakers, in fact all producers of creative content: become too popular, create something that “reigns” and risk getting your creation hijacked by thieves and criminals.

We have reported the matter to the NCC and other relevant enforcement agencies. At the moment we know that the pirated version was designed and printed off of a single scanned copy of the Nigerian edition of this book.

We need your help, friends and family of Farafina. We need you to not buy the faked version of our book. We need you to say to the pirates, No, I will not help you destroy honest hardworking people. I will not.

This is not a victimless crime.

See the photo in this post. The fake copy is the one on theleft. Notice that it uses a dark wine colour (unlike the original which has a maroon finish textured with specks of black). Notice that the image of the fountain pen is photoshopped and drawn-in, with the shadow darker than in the original. On the inside, the text bleeds, as it wasn’t produced from a print-ready high quality file.

Counterfeit copy of Americanah on the right of the picture. The original is on the left.

Counterfeit copy of Americanah on the left of the picture. The original is on the right.

There. You have the information. Watch this post for updates. We will name and shame bookshops who sell pirated copies of our books.

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BUY “LOVE IS POWER, OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT” ON JUMIA

IGONI WILL READ FROM HIS COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES AT THE SALAMANDER CAFE, ABUJA ON THE 2ND OF NOVEMBER

IGONI WILL READ FROM HIS COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES AT THE SALAMANDER CAFE, ABUJA ON THE 2ND OF NOVEMBER

Igoni Barrett’s debut book, From Caves of Rotten Teeth, was published in Nigeria in 2005, and a story from that collection won the 2005 BBC World Service Short Story Competition.

Love is Power, or Something Like That, Igoni’s second book, was published earlier this year in the US and the UK, where it has garnered much praise from writers and reviewers alike. The formidable Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina has described the book as his “favourite short story collection, ever,” and the O. Henry award-winning US author Carolyn Cooke, in a recent piece for Publisher’s Weekly, chose Love Is Power (alongside story collections by James Joyce, Isaac Babel, Franz Kafka, James Baldwin, and the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, Alice Munro) as one of  “The 10 Best Short Story Collections.” The Booker and Nobel prize-winning South African author Nadine Gordimer also had this to say on reading Love Is Power:

“A. Igoni Barrett is a writer who has succeeded in making colloquial literature without seeking spurious attention by vulgar daring. Here is a reader’s entry to hearing on the page how contemporary communication, not only in his Nigeria, can be inventive. Love Is Power, or Something Like That is, to paraphrase its title: something alive, like that.”

MORE PRAISE FOR “LOVE IS POWER, OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT”

“[Love Is Power, or Something Like That] speaks to the conditions of the human heart, wherever it may be found. . . . Barrett’s stories transcend cultures, yet remain quintessentially Nigerian in the choice of characters and setting.”—The Africa Report

“Reading these nine short stories I was moved almost seamlessly between moments of laughter, uncomfortable empathy, repulsion, sadness and tenderness. Yet there is also something in the sometimes silent histories and geographies, the unfamiliarity of phrase or acronym, that also made me wrestle with the push and pull of my own disconnection and connection to these stories. . . . A. Igoni Barrett is a writer that makes you feel alive.”—Africa in Words

“A remarkable portrait of life in Nigeria. . . . Thoroughly lively. . . . Barrett’s stories don’t deliver pretty truths. The contemporary globalized culture of every day Africa he gives us seems quite messy and utterly convincing.”—Alan Cheuse, NPR, All Things Considered

“[Love Is Power, or Something Like That] pulses with an indomitable life force that is, by turns, tender and fierce. . . . [Barrett] captures lives full of yearning, striving, setbacks, and moments of joy. He’s a compassionate if unflinching writer.”—The Boston Globe

“A nervy and engrossing collection. . . . Barrett has a distinctive voice and vividly captures the restless energy of Lagos, one of the world’s fastest-growing cities.”—Chicago Tribune

“The violent, furtive and tender lives Barrett follows in this story collection provide moments of empathy amid wrenching drama and subtle comedy. . . . The resulting collection satisfies on numerous levels.”—Time Out New York

“Remember 2013 as the year when America was introduced to this young Nigerian author, because Barrett is a writer we can expect to see many more great things from”—Flavorwire, “2013’s Best Paperbacks (So Far)”

Farafina’s edition of Love is Power, or Something Like That is now on sale in selected bookstores across Nigeria. Specially autographed copies of the book are also available exclusively on Jumia, and these copies will be launched by Igoni in Abuja on Saturday November 2nd. The venue of the launch is Salamander Cafe and the time is 2pm.

Igoni reads in Abuja this weekend at Salamander Cafe: Saturday 2nd November at 2pm

Igoni reads in Abuja this weekend at Salamander Cafe: Saturday 2nd November at 2pm

The Nigerian edition of Igoni Barrett’s collection of short stories will be released in Abuja on the 2nd of November 2013 at the Salamander Café on Bujumbura Close off Libreville Street, Amino Kano Crescent, Wuse 2 Abuja. It promises to be a great event. Farafina is coming to Abuja.

The Etisalat Prize for Literature hosts a Creative Writing Workshop at the Bogobiri Festival

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We are very exited to announce The Etisalat Prize for Literature Week at the Bogobiri Festival this November. On the bill events is a four day  residential workshop on creative writing to be facilitated by Igoni Barrett, Eghosa Imasuen, and Binyavanga Wainaina of Farafina. The Workshop, which will focus on fictional prose writing, will hold from the 7th to the 10th of November 2013.

Bogobiri invites interested members of the public to send in applications. There are ten places up for grabs. All you have to do is email your application to bogobiriwriter@kachifo.com. Applications should include a short cover note, short biographical details, and a prose writing sample (it may be fiction or non-fiction) of between 200-800 words. All should be in the body of the email; sadly, applications with attachments will be deleted unread. Participation in the workshop is free and the organisers will provide accommodation and feeding for the duration.

In advance of the workshop writers who have made the final list will be asked to send in an original work of short fiction.  Participants will also be sent several stories and excerpts from longer works as reading material to be discussed at the workshop. During the workshop each participant’s work will be critiqued by the facilitators and developed using workshop exercises, readings from well-known authors and reading out loud. Throughout the duration, participants will be encouraged to share their writing and offer and receive feedback with fellow writers and facilitators.  There will also be daily assignments to hone creative writing skills.

Applications will close on the 29th of October and successful applicants will be notified by Saturday, the 2nd of November, 2013.

Update (4pm 06 Nov 2013): Binyavanga Wainaina will not be coming to the workshop due to other important engagements.

Binyavanga and Igoni’s Reading at Quintessence, Parkview Estate, Ikoyi, this Past Saturday: Photos from the Event

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Igoni Barrett, Amatesiro Dore, Binyavanga Wainaina

Toni Kan and Kaina Agary

Toni Kan and Kaine Agary

Ayodele Morocco-Clarke and Toni Kan mugging it for the camera

Ayodele Morocco-Clarke and Toni Kan mugging it for the camera

Lola Shoneyin was there.

Lola Shoneyin was there.

(R-L) Adebola Rayo and Aye-ola Mabiauku read along with Igoni

(R-L) Adebola Rayo and Aye-ola Mabiauku read along with Igoni

Saraba founder and author, Dr. Damilola Ajayi

Saraba founder and author, Dr. Damilola AjayiAmatesiro led Igoni and Binyavanga in conversation after they readAmatesiro led Igoni and Binyavanga in conversation after they read

Poet Aye-Ola performs her work and get the audience in the mood

Poet Aye-Ola performs her work and get the audience in the mood

Wana Udobang, writer, poet and OAP with Inspiration FM performs her poems, Love is/Not for Sale

Middle: Ms. Eretoru Oruwari, Igoni's mother, was in the audience

Middle: Ms. Eretoru Oruwari, Igoni’s mother, was in the audience

Wana Udobang, writer, poet and OAP with Inspiration FM performs her poems, Love is/Not for Sale

Igoni Barrett reads from his collection of short stories, Love is Power or Something Like ThatIgoni Barrett reads from his collection of short stories, Love is Power or Something Like That

Audience lines up for autographs

Audience lines up for autographs

Welcome To The New Quintessence

Kachifo is really excited to introduce the stunning new business location of an old friend. Quintessence, that 30 plus year old Lagos institution, has moved from Falomo Shopping Centre to Parkview Estate in Ikoyi.

Just about every publisher of good literature in Nigeria probably lists Quintessence as a friend and business partner and Kachifo is no exception. We’re very proud to be in the line up of the inaugural events at their new location. This Saturday 19th of October, Quintessence hosts two critically acclaimed Farafina authors, Binyavanga Wainana and Igoni Barrett on the release of  the Nigerian editions of their books One Day I Will Write About This Place and Love Is Power Or Something Like That.

We recently visited the new store and were very pleased to find that the address is the only major change in our long time friend. Quintessence is still the top destination for superior African arts, crafts, fashion and books. And we have the photo evidence to show it!

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This Saturday is as good a day as any to come and experience all this and more for yourself.

The new Quintessence is right at the entrance of Parkview Estate on Gerard Rd in Ikoyi.

Busy October – events and readings

It promises to be a hectic few weeks for staff and friends of Farafina. We finally release Nigerian editions of two titles that have taken the world by storm.

Binyavanga Wainaina’s memoir, his debut book, One Day I Will Write About this Place has been named as a Book of the Festival at the 2013 edition of the Port Harcourt Book Festival which will run from 21st to the 26th of October in, you guessed it, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Formerly known as the Garden City Literary Festival, the PHBF will be the gracious hosts to the Nigerian launch of Binyavanga’s books on Friday, the 25th of October at the Royal Banquet Hall of The Hotel Presidential. This event, which with Binyavanga and his book as its subject promises to be super, will be followed by a book signing at the Atlantic Hall.

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Igoni Barrett collection of short stories has received uncommon praise from many quarters. Love is Power or Something Like That was described quite succinctly by Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer as, “Something alive, like that.” As a writer who has had a long relationship with us, we are particularly proud to be presenting the Nigerian Farafina edition of this collection of short stories at an event in Abuja. Salamander Cafe has partnered with Farafina to host Igoni at a launch event-cum-book reading in their beautiful premises at 5 Bujumbura Street, off Libreville Street, Off Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse 2 Abuja. Yes, folks, we are coming to Abuja. On the 2nd November at 2pm. Hey. It is close enough to October to count.

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All these events will be preceded by a preview of sorts. As the last post advertised, Igoni and Binyavanga will read together in Lagos on the 19th of October 2013. We all expect you to be there at Quintessence’s beautiful serene new premises at Parkview Estate (it is the first compound on the right at the estate gate) off Gerrard Road Ikoyi.

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So there. This is our October. We know that you, all of you, friends and family of Farafina, will be with us all of the way. Come to these events; make them a success. There must be one happening near you.

And a few more things are planned for November. There is a rumour making the rounds in the office that Kachifo and Farafina plan to launch two new imprints. Once we confirm this gist, you will be the first to know. *wink wink*