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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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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young was born in Aba, Nigeria, and attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. A finalist for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, his short stories include: “A Tenderer Blessing,” which appears in Transition Magazine and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015; “Mulumba,” which appears in The Threepenny Review; and “You Sing of a Longing,” which was shortlisted for the inaugural Gerald Kraak Award and appears in Pride and Prejudice, an anthology by The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His essays appear in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays and in Brittle Paper where he is Deputy Editor. His interviews appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa Magazine, SPRINNG, and Dwartonline. 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 Nigerian cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. A postgraduate student of African Studies, he currently teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, Nigeria. When bored, he blogs pop culture at naijakulture.blogspot.com or 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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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.

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