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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 is a writer, journalist, & Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. The recipient of the inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature in 2019, he is a judge for The Gerald Kraak Prize and was a judge for The Morland Writing Scholarship in 2019. He is Nonfiction Editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is Curator at The Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His work in queer equality advocacy in literature has been profiled in Literary Hub. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies/English & Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English in a private Nigerian university. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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

  1. samuel September 6, 2017 at 4:30 am #

    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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