When Cassava Republic rolled out 6 romance titles under its new imprint, Ankara Press, we thought they’d out done themselves. What else could they do to make us fall in love with African love stories?
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, they’ve published a 14-story collection of love stories titled Valentine’s Day Anthology 2015—with an impressive rollcall of writers and collaborators that includes:
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim * Afra Gi Kete * Billy Kahora * Binyavanga Wainaina * Chikodili Emelumadu * Chuma Nwokolo * Dike Chukwumerije * Edwige-Renée Dro * Eghosa Imasuen * Elieshi Lema * Elnathan John * Hawa Jande Golakai * Helene Cooper * Mukoma wa Ngugi * Kola Tubosun * Sarah Ladipo Manyika * Toni Kan * Yarkpai Keller * Yemisi Aribisala * Victor Ehikhamenor
The most innovative part of the project is that each of the story has been “translated into the different languages spoken by the authors – including Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba, Kiswahili, Kpelle and French.” You have the option of reading a love story in Igbo. How cool is that!
The authors also recorded audio versions of the stories, and these are available for download at www.ankarapress.com
The anthology is certainly a decisive move to put African literature and languages in the service of love.
Read, enjoy, appreciate, and, of course, feel free to share the stories.
Happy Valentine’s Day!