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We ended last year with the delightful news that a group of organizations had collaborated to distribute Chimamanda Adichie’s feminist chapbook to every 16 year old in Sweeden. [Click here if you missed it.]

Here is yet another good news in the same vein. Nnedi Okorafor announced on Facebook a few days ago that the United Bank for Africa has committed to distributing 24,000 copies of the Nigerian edition of Akata Witch—retitled as What Sunny Saw in the Flames—in 9 African countries.  “I’m still breathless with glee about this amazing development,” she writes.

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This is huge for several reasons. With a bulk purchase of this kind, Okorafor and her publishers are certainly smiling to the bank. We are always so happy for African novelists when they receive a well-deserved financial reward for the beautiful work they produce.

This kind of corporate sponsorship also means that the community of stakeholders connected to the African literary industry is expanding. We need corporations, especially the technology sector, to understand the value of the work we do and invest accordingly.

Congrats to Okorafor and the Cassava Republic team for snagging such a juicy deal.

When we get more details about the partnership, we will update you.

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Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

5 Responses to “United Bank for Africa Partners with Nnedi Okorafor to Distribute Her Novel in 9 African Countries” Subscribe

  1. Fatima January 25, 2016 at 10:57 am #

    Congrats to Nnedi and more so to Cassava Republic and all other indigenous publishers telling our stories.

    It’s a thing of pride to pick up a beautifully printed, well edited book and connect with the stories.

    Daalu nu.

  2. Sola Osofisan January 25, 2016 at 4:20 pm #

    Brilliant! And beautiful!

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  1. Bookish News Roundup: January 2016 | Zezee with Books - February 6, 2016

    […] Nnedi Okorafor announced that the United Bank of Africa will distribute 24,000 copies of the Nigerian edition of her young-adult, fantasy novel Akata Witch (retitled What Sunny Saw in the Flames) in nine African countries. (Brittle Paper) […]

  2. Cerrando el 2016 | LitERaFRicAs - December 31, 2016

    […] United Bank for Africa distribuía el libro de Nnedi Okorafor “Akata witch” en 9 países africanos. Los de Casa África hablaban con Roukiatou Bâ sobre su trabajo a la hora de digitalizar y preservar el legado de su padre, el escritor y etnólogo maliense Amadou Hampâté Bâ, dejándonos un interesante documento entorno a la “digitalización, crowdsourcing y preservación de la memoria”. Mientras, Safia Elhillo, una poeta sudanesa-americana, ganaba el 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. Y el escritor Ousmane Diarra afirmaba que “El extremismo islámico ya existía en el siglo XIX en Mali”. […]

  3. Se acaba el año y echamos la vista atrás, con | ONG AFRICANDO SOLIDARIDAD CON AFRICA - February 18, 2017

    […] United Bank for Africa distribuía el libro de Nnedi Okorafor “Akata witch” en 9 países africanos. Los de Casa África hablaban con Roukiatou Bâ sobre su trabajo a la hora de digitalizar y preservar el legado de su padre, el escritor y etnólogo maliense Amadou Hampâté Bâ, dejándonos un interesante documento entorno a la “digitalización, crowdsourcing y preservación de la memoria”. Mientras, Safia Elhillo, una poeta sudanesa-americana, ganaba el 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. Y el escritor Ousmane Diarra afirmaba que “El extremismo islámico ya existía en el siglo XIX en Mali”. […]

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