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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

The anthology is certainly a decisive move to put African literature and languages in the service of love.

So make these love stories a part of your Val Day experience this year by getting your free download of the whole anthology HERE.

Read, enjoy, appreciate, and, of course, feel free to share the stories.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

2 Responses to “Celebrating African Love Stories! | Ankara Press Launches 14-Story Valentine’s Day Anthology” Subscribe

  1. Julien Roland 2015/02/20 at 10:30 #

    Awesome job putting out translations like that. I hope that they will have more similar projects. 😀


  1. Gossamer: Valentine Stories, 2016: - An African Love Stories Collection - 2016/02/14

    […] reading last year’s Valentine’s Day Anthology which was published by Ankara Press, [see here] and which featured Binyavanga Wainaina, Toni Kan and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, I had a thought: since […]

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