World English rights for Nigerian-Ghanaian author Bisi Adjapon’s Of Women and Frogs have been acquired by HarperCollins USA. The book will also be published simultaneously in the UK, Canada, and distributed worldwide. A second project Daughters in Exile was also acquired and scheduled for publication in 2022.
Adjapon made the announcement on Twitter:
It’s official. After several months of negotiations, I signed my contract with @HarperCollins @HarperOneBooks @HarperViaBooks . Many thanks to my agent at @FolioLiterary @FolioJr for making it happen. Of Women and Frogs out Sept 2021, Daughter in Exile 2022
— Bisi Adjapon (@bisiadjapon) January 15, 2021
First published in Nigeria in 2018, Of Women and Frogs has received praise for its witty style, its feminist portrayal of female strength and its tender trajectory of a coming-of-age story.
Here’s a description of the novel from its publishers Farafina.
Esi is a feisty half-Nigerian girl growing up in Ghana, with occasional visits to her maternal family in Lagos. When her curiosity about her body leads to a ginger-in-the-vagina punishment from her stepmother, Esi begins to question the hypocrisy of the adults around her and the restrictions they place on girls. Moving between Ghana and Nigeria, this is a heart-warming story of a girl beating a path to self-actualisation amidst political puheaval in Rawlings’ Ghana and strained relations between her ancestral countries.
Bisi Adjapon’s writings have appeared in journals and newspapers including McSweeney’s Quarterly, Washington Times, Daily Graphic, and Chicken Bones.