Farafina Authors at Ake Festival 2016

In case you somehow missed it, the 2016 edition of Ake Festival will be taking place next week in Abeokuta, from Tuesday 15 November to Saturday 19 November 2016. Don’t miss a chance to meet our amazing lineup of authors at this year’s festival.

 

Jowhor Ile (And After Many Days) and Chinelo Okparanta (Under the Udala Trees)  – whose novels are fresh off the Farafina presses – will be at the festival. Tendai Huchu, whose novel, The Maestro, the Magistrate and the Mathematician, was published in 2015 by Kachifo Limited, will also be at the festival. Grab your very own copies of these books and get them signed!

Visit the Ake Festival website to view the programme of events, register and so on.

 

New Farafina Titles: ‘And After Many Days’ and ‘Under the Udala Trees’

Farafina is excited to announce the release of two spectacular new fiction titles, both debut novels: And After Many Days by Jowhor Ile and Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta.

In And After Many Days, one family’s life is disrupted by the sudden disappearance of seventeen-year-old Paul Utu, beloved brother and son. As they grapple with the sudden loss of their darling boy, they embark on a painful and moving journey of immense power which changes their lives forever and shatters the fragile ecosystem of their once ordered family. Ajie, the youngest sibling, is burdened with the guilt of having seen Paul last and convinced that his vanished brother was betrayed long ago. But his search for the truth uncovers hidden family secrets and reawakens old, long forgotten ghosts as rumours of police brutality, oil shortages and frenzied student protests serve as a backdrop to his pursuit.

 

Okparanta’s Under the Udala Trees tells the story of Ijeoma, who comes of age as her nation does; born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child and they, star-crossed, fall in love. They are from different ethnic communities. They are also both girls. When their love is discovered, Ijeoma learns that she will have to hide this part of herself. But there is a cost to living inside a lie.

Copies of And After Many Days and Under the Udala Trees are available in leading bookstores across the country. You can also buy copies from our Konga store, or call us on 0807 736 4217 to order.

‘The Maestro, the Magistrate and the Mathematician’ to launch in Edinburgh

Covers_03-03-15.cdrTendai Huchu is set to launch his new novel, The Maestro, the Magistrate and the Mathematician, in Edinburgh on October 30, 2015, as part of the Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair. Huchu’s outstanding novel is published in Nigeria by Kachifo Limited (under its Farafina imprint), and will be released in November 2015.

Tendai Huchu

Tendai Huchu

Also, Jeanne-Marie Jackson will be interviewing Huchu (on The Good Book Appreciation Society’s Facebook page) on his novel, in which she describes the author as crafting ‘moments of real human poignancy […], but never veers into cheap valorization of either hope or despair.’ The interview is set for November 1, 2015, and you can find more information on it here.

Forthcoming titles from Kachifo Limited

We are excited to announce our delightfully diverse list of titles to be released in November 2015. From children’s fiction to poetry and literary fiction, Kachifo Limited is sure to have something for everyone.

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Afro: The Girl with the Magical Hair by Okechukwu Ofili
One special girl chooses to wear her hair natural, in a land where an evil Queen makes everyone wear their hair in straight weaves. When Afro is kidnapped for her hair’s magic, it is up to her to save herself and the kingdom, with a little help from a friend she makes along the way.

About the author
Okechukwu Ofili is an author, motivational speaker and engineer. His previous books include How Laziness Saved My Life and How Stupidity Saved My Life. Afro: The Girl with the Magical Hair is his first children’s book. It is published under Kachifo Limited’s Farafina Tuuti imprint.

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The Maestro, the Magistrate and the Mathematician by Tendai Huchu
Three very different men struggle with thoughts of belonging, loss, identity and love as they attempt to find a place for themselves in Britain. The Maestro, a depressed, quixotic character, sinks out of the real world into the fantastic world of literature. The Magistrate tries to create new memories and roots, fusing a wandering exploration of Edinburgh with music. The Mathematician, full of youth, follows a carefree, hedonistic lifestyle, until their three universes collide.

About the author
Tendai Huchu’s short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Manchester Review, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Gutter, AfroSF, Wasafiri, The Africa Report, Kwani? and numerous other publications. He was shortlisted for the 2014 Caine Prize for African Writing. The Maestro, the Magistrate and the Mathematician is his second novel.

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Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett
Furo Wariboko – born and bred in Lagos – wakes up on the morning of his job interview to discover he has turned into a white man. As he hits the city streets running, still reeling from his new-found condition, Furo is amazed to find the dead ends of his life wondrously open out before him. As a white man in Nigeria, the world is seemingly his oyster – except for one thing: despite his radical transformation, his ass remains robustly black . . .

About the author
A. Igoni Barrett is a winner of the 2005 BBC World Service short story competition, the recipient of a Chinua Achebe Centre Fellowship, a Norman Mailer Centre Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre Residency. His short story collection, Love is Power, Or Something Like That, was published in 2013 by Kachifo Limited. Blackass is his first novel.

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The Stress Test by Mojisola Aboyade-Cole
It is revealed that Marine Compact Bank, run by the Johnsons, is not as healthy as it would seem. This results in a power tussle amongst the bank’s key players – Damelda Johnson, the matriarch of the Family-Johnson; Adam Okoya, a disgruntled member of staff; Damelda’s beloved stepson Felix, and Taramade Johnson, our heroine. When the dust settles, only one of them is left standing.

About the author
Mojisola Aboyade-Cole draws inspiration from her years in the banking industry. She is interested in the dynamic economic and social situations faced by females in the Nigerian financial industry. The Stress Test is her second novel. It is published under Kachifo Limited’s Farafina Breeze imprint.

It Wasn't Exactly Love

It Wasn’t Exactly Love by Farafina Trust Workshop Class 2012
It Wasn’t Exactly Love is a collection of short stories from the 2012 class of the annual Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop. The stories in this anthology cover a range of themes – marriage, sex and human relationships – with depth and honesty.

A Handful of Dust

A Handful of Dust by Farafina Trust Workshop Class 2013
A Handful of Dust speaks of the myriad struggles faced by contemporary Africans, with themes ranging from love and sexuality to the true meaning of home. A Handful of Dust is an anthology by the 2013 class of the annual Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop.

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For Broken Men Who Cross Often by Efe Paul Azino
This collection of poetry is a refreshing and brilliant bond of the written and the oral, as it invents aesthetic devices to connect the two mediums which have constantly generated wide debate: spoken word and poetry-on-the-page. The author, in his writing, resonates through his themes of advocacy, love, loss, identity and history, the need for a revisit of the inner self. This book is released along with a selection of audio performances, in a Farafina first: mixed-media publishing.

About the author
Efe Paul Azino is one of Nigeria’s leading performance poets. He has performed at many of Nigeria’s foremost performance poetry venues, including Ake Arts and Book Festival, British Council Lagos, Taruwa Festival of Performing Arts, The Future Awards, Bogobiri, Lagos Book and Arts Festival and several others. For Broken Men Who Cross Often is his first poetry collection, published under Kachifo Limited’s Farafina Kamsi imprint.

Thunder Protocol_Obari Gomba

Thunder Protocol by Obari Gomba
Thunder Protocol is a mid-career oeuvre of lively and impressive poems that examine issues ranging from the personal to the global. The diversity of themes in this poetry collection is both refreshing and startling, with language that is sometimes witty and inventive, and other times reflective and simple. Kachifo takes its first stab at the world of poetry with this and Efe Paul Azino’s For Broken Men Who Cross Often.

About the author
Obari Gomba teaches Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Port Harcourt. His poetry collection, Length of Eyes, was listed by the jury of the Nigeria Prize for Literature as one of the best eleven poetry books in 2013. Thunder Protocol is published under Kachifo Limited’s Farafina Kamsi imprint.

These titles will be available in major bookshops and from online retailers nationwide from October 2015.

Kachifo Limited at Ake Arts and Book Festival

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The 2014 edition of the Ake Arts and Book Festival opens tomorrow, November 18, and will be on till Saturday, November 22. The theme of the festival  is ‘Bridges and Pathways’,  and “discussions this year will focus on building bridges between African peoples, especially along language, ethnic and gender lines, and charting new paths with the aim of creating synergy and cultural cross-fertilization on the African continent.”

Yejide Kilanko, author of Daughters Who Walk This Path, and Eghosa Imasuen, author of Fine Boys and COO of Kachifo Limited, will be at the Festival. Kilanko will be talking books with Remi Raji on Thursday and discussing ‘Representations of Africa in New Fiction’ on Friday along with a panel of other authors. Imasuen will be discussing ‘Taming Colonial Tongues’ on Friday and moderating two different discussion panels on Saturday.

Farafina books will be on sale at the festival, including our newest titles, Adewale Maja-Pearce’s brilliant memoir, The House My Father Built, debut author Elizabeth Olushola Adeolu’s thrilling crime novel, Chasing Facades, and Ellen Banda-Aaku’s heart-warming young adult/middle grade novel, Sula and Ja.

Please visit the Ake Festival website for programme details and more information.

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Kachifo Limited Presents ‘The House My Father Built’, by Adewale Maja-Pearce

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Kachifo Limited is proud to present Adewale Maja-Pearce’s new memoir, The House My Father Built, under our Farafina Kamsi imprint.

Having inherited a house in Surelere from his late father, and having waited ten years for the terms of the inheritance to be fulfilled, Adewale Maja-Pearce is eager to take possession of his house. He offers his tenants a one-year rent-free break, after which they are to vacate his house. They accept this, and it looks like smooth sailing. Little does Maja-Pearce know that, when the time comes to leave, his tenants will put him through one of the fiercest struggles of his life in their attempts to stay put. Psychological warfare, endless court cases, intimidation by the police and a possible attempt on his life make up Maja-Pearce’s experience in trying to lay claim to his inheritance.

Simple yet profound, The House My Father Built will delight you with its earnest, humorous delivery and keen insights into the psyche of a nation and its people. This brilliant book captures the essence of Nigeria in the last decade of the 20th century.

Enjoy a short excerpt from the book.

At this point in the book, Prince, perpetual hustler and Maja-Pearce’s fixer-turned-friend (later to turn foe) has moved into one of the flats in the house rent-free, on the author’s invitation and for a period. Prince, averse to doing any actual work while he waits for God to lead him out of the ‘wilderness’, has taken to begging Maja-Pearce for money, besides whatever he manages to skim off the monies he is given to see to certain needs relating to the house. Prince’s latest claim is that he has been forced to borrow some money from a friend to take care of his only child by his third wife, who is in hospital. Maja-Pearce, by now, knows the score with Prince. He plays along anyway, and reflects on this choice.

So why did I fall for his lies? Partly because I’m gullible and tend to believe unquestioningly what people tell me; partly because I’m a sucker for a good story and wanted to see how this one would play itself out; and partly because I want to please people so that they will like me. Prince knew this instinctively, knew that I was especially anxious to please Nigerians precisely because my own sense of being a Nigerian was tenuous, if not suspect; the knowledge that I could always ‘pass’, that I did indeed pass, and could give up on the country in disgust and go back to the Europe that my compatriots were dying in the desert to reach. I was once told by a plain-speaking Lebanese that I was lucky to have taken after my mother. He meant that my hair was straight, my complexion light and my nose not flattened; in short, that I didn’t look ‘negroid’. Prince, discerning all of this, never missed an opportunity to say that I was a ‘proper African man’ whenever a third party tried to suggest that my condition might be a little more attenuated than he was allowing for. The unctuous tone with which he admitted me into a pantheon that even I was by now becoming wary of – and of which he was such a shining example – only underscored the contempt behind his outrageous lies. But to have faced that would have meant turning against him. I wasn’t ready just then. The time would come soon enough.

To read more from The House My Father Built and its author, please visit Adewale Maja-Pearce’s blog.

The House My Father Built will be available soon in bookstores near you.