Valentine Special: Ankara Press releases ‘purse-sized’ romance novels

Valentine Special: Ankara Press releases ‘purse-sized’ romance novels

Abuja-based romance publisher Ankara Press has announced the release of its first six titles in print format. The six novels, originally published as e-books, will be available in Nigeria from 14th February 2016, priced at N750.

Ankara Press publishing director Emma Shercliff said:

“We have had a fantastic response to the e-books, but have also had a lot of enquiries from readers asking when we will be publishing the books in hard copy. So we’re really excited to announce that we will be releasing the first six Ankara Press novels in print in Nigeria on Valentine’s Day.”

Shercliff continued:

“Ankara Press will also be publishing two new novels in e-book format on 14th February. The Seeing Place by Aziza Eden Walker is the story of an up-and-coming actor who falls for his casting director. Love Next Door is the second novel for Ankara Press by South African writer Amina Thula, whose first book Elevator Kiss has been a big hit with romance readers.”

Ankara Press was launched in December 2014 and is devoted to publishing easy-to-read, purse-sized books with African settings, storylines and characters. There has been a global response to the stories, with media coverage and readers from around the world.

The six print titles are: A Tailor-made Romance by Oyindamola Affinnih, Black Sparkle Romance by Amara Nicole Okolo, A Taste of Love by Sifa Gowon, Love’s Persuasion by Ola Awonubi, Finding Love Again by Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam and Elevator Kiss by Amina Thula.

When asked about future publishing plans, Shercliff said:

“We are trying hard to keep up with the demand from our readers and hope to publish another four titles in e-book format before the end of 2016. We will also release the first six print titles in the UK and Europe on 1st July 2016.”

Ankara Press is an imprint of groundbreaking Nigerian publisher Cassava Republic Press ( Ankara Press was founded with the aim of publishing ‘a new kind of romance’, challenging romance stereotypes and providing an outlet for romantic fiction written by African authors.

More information about all the titles is available at:

From the e-book editions:

Step aside Mills and Boon. Ankara Press is here! The new and hip romance story imprint that’s had African literary Twitter buzzing for weeks is worth every beam of spotlight it’s enjoying at the moment.”             

– The Guardian


It is a pleasure to read books set in cities that you know. You notice landmarks. You find the language, idioms and phrases used familiar. You feel that you know people like the characters. We definitely want to see more African love stories like this.”

– This is Africa

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