Cassava Republic Press launches in the UK

Introducing an eclectic list of quality literary fiction, crime, young adult fiction and children’s books plus romantic fiction under the Ankara Press imprint, Cassava Republic aims to spotlight the vibrancy and diversity of prose by African writers on the continent and in the diaspora.  

From Elnathan John’s breathtakingly beautiful Born on a Tuesday which tackles unexplored aspects of friendship, love, trauma and politics in recent Northern Nigerian history and Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s mesmerising Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun, a subtle story about ageing, friendship and loss and the erotic yearnings of an older woman; to Leye Adenle’s pulsating crime novel Easy Motion Tourist set in the underworld of Lagos and Mylo Freeman’s stunningly vibrant Princess Arabella’s Birthday and Princess Arabella Mixes Colours (children’s) - these books are bound to cause a ripple, and Cassava’s launch list represents an exciting new body of African literature linking writers across different times and spaces and genres.

With headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria and founder Bibi Bakare-Yusuf now based in London, the trailblazing publisher is in a unique position to bring the finest contemporary African writing directly to UK audiences. Bakare-Yusuf is joined by Emma Shercliff, formerly MD of Macmillan English Campus and head of export sales at Hodder Education, bringing a truly international and cross-cultural dynamic to Cassava.

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