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