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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 is a writer, literary journalist, former academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. A judge for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award, he is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective which has published two volumes: WE ARE FLOWERS and THE INWARD GAZE. He is the curator of ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness: ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016) focuses on cities in Nigeria; WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017) focuses on professions in Nigeria. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition, and has been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award, both in 2016, and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts editing and writing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze.

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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