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Fortiscue Helepi. Image from Niq Mhlongo’s Facebook.

African Flavour Books will be opening a new bookstore in Braamfontein, South Africa. The company, which “sells African literature and vernacular literature from South Africa” as well as music, movies and stationery, was founded in 2013 by Fortiscue and Nokuthula Helepi, and based in Vanderbijlpark in the Gauteng, South Africa.

While the development is yet to be announced on the company’s Website, we got wind of it through a Facebook post by the South African writer Niq Mhlongo, author of Dog Eat Dog (2004), After Tears (2007) and Way Back Home (2013), whose books are being promoted by the company.

Good news for my Johannesburg book readers, lovers and buyers; African Flavour Books is opening a huge book store this Saturday in Braamfontein. The store is strategically located along De Korte Street by Braamfontein’s Lamunu Hotel, a block away from The Orbit, Kitcheners, Devonshire, and Bannister. Today I visited my longtime friend, Fortiscue Helepi who is the owner of this bookstore. For three years in the late 90’s Helepi and I lived at the same Woolsack residence while we were both students At the University of Cape Town.

Authors whose books feature on the company’s Website include Zakes Mda, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Kopano Matlwa, Wole Soyinka, Bessie Head, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Mongane Wally.

Congratulations to Fortiscue and Nokuthula Helepi.


Photos from Niq Mhlongo’s Facebook.

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Otosirieze Nnaemekaram is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award for which he was shortlisted ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017). His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop facilitated by Giles Foden. He is the curator of the ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016), focuses on cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies and Pop Culture, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He has completed a collection of short stories and is working on a 600-page novel. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

One Response to “Fortiscue Helepi’s African Flavour Books to Open a New Store in Braamfontein” Subscribe

  1. samuel 2017/09/06 at 04:30 #

    Thanks so much for having to continue to provide us with knowledge especially in regard to the new book store that you have just opened….we are grateful

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