Our Farafina E-book Store is Live!

On the 20th of October 2018, Kachifo Limited launched its new e-bookstore, farafinabooks.com.

Now, you can buy and read, on your devices, your best-loved titles from any of our imprints: Farafina, Tuuti, Breeze and Kamsi.

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A Letter from the Author of ‘There’s an Elephant in My Wardrobe’ – to Parents of Children with Anxiety.

Its World Mental Health Day and author of the forthcoming There’s an Elephant in my Wardrobe, Yejide Kilanko, has some advice for parents about managing a child with anxiety.

Read the letter below.

Dear Parents,

The world we live in can be alarming at times. Children are not exempt from the fear and anxiety many adults experience on a daily basis. If you’re wondering how to help your child living with anxiety, I offer the following tips as a helpful starting point.

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COVER REVEAL: ‘There’s an Elephant in My Wardrobe’ by Yejide Kilanko

 

Finally!

The breathtaking cover of Yejide Kilanko’s new children’s book, There’s an Elephant in My Wardrobe.

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The colourful book tells the story of young Adun who is bullied by an elephant claiming to be her friend.

Yejide Kilanko is the author of the novel, Daughters Who Walk This Path, which we published in 2014. 

There’s an Elephant in My Wardrobe will be available in stores by December 2018 and pre-order information shared later this month.

 

 

Farafina To Publish Bisi Adjapon’s ‘Of Women And Frogs’

Farafina is set to publish debut novel, Of Women and Frogs, by Bisi Adjapon, in December 2018.

Of Women and Frogs is the coming-of-age story of Esi, a feisty half-Nigerian girl growing up in post-colonial Ghana, with occasional visits to her maternal family in Lagos. When her curiosity about her body leads to a ginger-in-the-vagina punishment from her stepmother, Esi begins to question the hypocrisy of the adults around her who place restrictions on her just because she is a girl.

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Farafina to Publish New Children’s Book By Yejide Kilanko

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Kachifo Limited will publish Yejide Kilanko’s new book, There is an Elephant
in my Wardrobe, in November 2018 under its Tuuti imprint.

There is an Elephant in my Wardrobe, illustrated by Kayode Onimole, tells the
story of young Adun who is bullied by an elephant who is supposed to be her friend
and has made its home in her wardrobe.

There is an Elephant in my Wardrobe is a heartwarming tale of courage, true
friendship and self-worth. “I decided to write There is An Elephant In My Wardrobe,”
Kilanko stated, “because I think it’s crucial for us to talk to the children in our lives
about their mental health. We’re living in frightening times and children are not
exempt from the fear and anxiety many adults experience on a daily basis. I also
chose to write this story because I’ve struggled with anxiety for as long as I can
remember. As a child, it would have made a world of difference if I had read about a
little girl who was just like me.”

“Yejide is a beautiful storyteller and it shows in how she takes such a delicate
subject matter and weaves it into a tale that will affect the lives of children everywhere,” Enajite Efemuaye, managing editor at Farafina, said of the forthcoming
release.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Yejide Kilanko is the author of Daughters Who Walk This Path (Farafina
2012). There is an Elephant in my Wardrobe will be available for pre-order in
October 2018.

Born in Ibadan, Nigeria, Yejide Kilanko is a writer of poetry and fiction, and a
therapist in children’s mental health. She currently lives with her family in Ontario,
Canada. Yejide’s debut novel, Daughters Who Walk This Path, a national bestseller,
was published by Penguin Canada, April 2012 and Pintail Books (Penguin USA)
January 2013. The novel has been translated into German and Thai. In 2012, Yejide
was named one of the top five hottest up-and- comers on the Canadian writing
scene by the Globe and Mail.

Against the Run of Play – exclusive excerpt

 

Against the Run of Play takes an intense look at Nigerian politics at a time when an entrenched political party was defeated in a presidential election after 16 unbroken years in power. This book offers the reader a narrative explanation and an unusual insight into the major human and institutional factors that led up to the defeat of President Goodluck Jonathan  in 2015.

Equally important is the author’s detailed recall of the major political developments that made the outcome inevitable while shaping the very expectations that brought President Buhari to power. Adeniyi enhances the credibility of his narrative through an extensive set of interviews with living key players in the drama he relates. The hindsight of these key players throws the events into bolder relief and illuminates the road ahead. Read an excerpt from the book below. 

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If there is one issue on which the former President has serious misgivings, it is in the conduct of the 2015 general election and the disposition of the then INEC National Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, whose neutrality Jonathan calls to question. “I was disappointed by Jega because I still cannot understand what was propelling him to act the way he did in the weeks preceding the election. As at the first week in February 2015 when about 40 percent of Nigerians had not collect­ed their PVCs, Jega said INEC was ready to go ahead with the election. How could INEC have been ready to conduct an election in which millions of people would be disenfranchised?”

According to Jonathan, even when he had a meeting with Jega to express his reservations about the preparedness of INEC, Jega was still adamant that they were ready and that the election would go ahead. “Of course the Americans were encouraging him to go ahead yet they would never do such thing in their own country. How could we have cynically disenfranchised about a third of our registered voters for no fault of theirs and still call that a credible election? The interesting thing was that the opposition also supported the idea of going on with an election that was bound to end in confusion.”

Jonathan, however, defended his government’s postponement of the election, maintaining that it was for security reasons. “When the military and security chiefs demanded for more time to deal with the insurgency, the reasons were genuine. As at February 2015, it would have been very difficult to vote in Gombe, Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States. But the moment all the arms and ammunition that had been ordered finally arrived, the military was able to use them to degrade the capacity of Boko Haram to the level in which they posed no threat to the election,” he explained.

On the huge sums of money allegedly taken by his National Se­curity Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) in what has been dubbed in the media as the ‘Armsgate’ scandal, the former President demurred, saying he would not speak on it, since the matter was already before the court.

However, if there is anything that pains the former president, it is the way he says his wife and some officials of his administration are being treated by the Buhari administration. “I feel sad about the way my family is being hounded,” he lamented. “Society is like a building. You build it one block at a time. If every president decides to go in to dismantle what his predecessor did, society will never make progress. I expected President Buhari to correct whatever mistakes I may have made and then carry on from there. But a situation in which people go into exile for political reasons is not good for us.

According to Jonathan, Buhari had a good opportunity to instil a new order with the anti-corruption campaign that brought him to power and which resonated during the campaign. “His style of fight­ing corruption is different from mine and since most Nigerians appar­ently prefer his style, it is okay. There are steps you take that will help in retrieving ill-gotten wealth and punish offenders while restoring confidence in the system. But there are also things you can do to dam­age the system.”

Having shared with me his own concise review of what transpired at the election, Jonathan said he had seen enough to convince him that even if he had been declared winner, the bond of trust had been bro­ken between him and several people within his government. “I felt re­ally betrayed by the results coming from some northern states. Perhaps for ethnic purposes, even security agents colluded with the opposition to come up with spurious results against me. You saw the way the In­spector General of Police, a man I appointed, suddenly turned himself into the ADC to Buhari immediately after the election.”

The former president said he had projections before both the 2011 and 2015 presidential elections and he was sure of what would happen in each of the zones yet could still not fathom what happened in some states in 2015. “How could we have lost Ondo, Benue and Plateau States if our people were committed to the cause? If you ex­amine the results, you will see a pattern: in places where ordinarily we were strong, our supporters did not show enough commitment to mo­bilize the voters.” Jonathan expressed disappointment at some former allies, naming some names. “What happened was very sad not for me as a person, but for our democracy,” he admitted. “Take for instance, the PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu. I believe he joined in the conspiracy against me. For reasons best known to him, he helped to sabotage the election in favour of the opposition.”

 Against the Run of Play by Olusegun Adeniyi will be launched in Lagos tomorrow after which copies will be available in bookstores across the country. You can also place orders here

Ebook is currently available on okadabooks and Amazon.

For sales/distribution enquiries please call 08077364217 or email info@kachifo.com

 

#DearIjeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions in stores now

From the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, comes a powerful new statement about feminism today—written as a letter to a friend.

Dear Ijeawele contains fifteen invaluable suggestions–compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive–for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. From teaching a young girl to read widely and recognise the role of language in reinforcing unhealthy social norms; encouraging her to choose a helicopter, and not only a doll, as a toy if she so desires; having open conversations with her about appearance, identity, and sexuality; criticising cultural norms surrounding marriage; and debunking the myths that women are somehow biologically designed to be in the kitchen, and that men can “allow” women to have full careers, Dear Ijeawele goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century. It will start a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.

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Join the photo campaign. Share a quote that resonates with you using the hashtag #DearIjeawele

Dear Ijeawele will be available at the sales outlets listed below.

LAGOS

  1. Quintessence Bookshop, 1 Park View Lane, Ikoyi (08026992535)
  2. Patabah Bookstores, Adeniran Ogunsanya Shopping Mall, Surulere (08038303777)
  3. Laterna Ventures, 1, Okoawo Street, VI (08057377916)
  4. JED Megastores, The Palms, Lekki (09083365228)
  5. The Booksellers, 2, Oweh Street, Near Waec Office, Yaba (08063450173, 08066723368)
  6. Glendora Bookstores, Jazz Hole, Ikoyi (07060648580)
  7. Glendora Bookstores, MM2, Ikeja (08033047091)
  8. Roving Height (07032038633)
  9. Sunshine booksellers (08028708577)

 

PORT HARCOURT

  1. Chapters bookshop Ltd, 46, Ekenewon Street, (Whitneys) (08033097255)
  2. Books Affairs Edu. Services (08184452488)

Other Locations

  1. Ebitare Bookshop, BAYELSA (08037931949)
  2. Mustapha Bookshop, KADUNA  (08036446655)
  3. Lara Bookstores, University of Ilorin, KWARA STATE (08027812337)
  4. Ajayi Crowther University, OYO (08141127107)
  5. The Booksellers, 52, Magazine Road, Jericho, IBADAN, OYO (08033229113, 08078496332)
  6. The Booksellers, City Plaza (Ground Floor), Area 11 Garki II, ABUJA FCT (08033110679,08136590888)
  7. The Booksellers, 44, Quarry Road Opposite Anglican High School, Junction, Ibara Abeokuta 08143284461
  8. Roving Heights (07032038633)
  9. Sunshine booksellers  (08028708577)
  10. @TheBookDealerNG (Twitter and Instagram)
  11. Konga

 

For enquiries about distribution or placing large orders (500+ books) please send an email to info@kachifo.com or call 08077364217.