Kachifo Ltd has announced the release of three new books – the Nigerian edition of What it Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, How to Win Elections in Africa and Anike Eleko. The books are under the Farafina, Kamsi and Tuuti imprints, respectively.
Released on November 13, a statement from Kachifo Ltd. said the three titles are available on online platforms and in selected bookstores nationwide.
What it Means When a Man Falls from the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah is a collection of short stories, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Caine Prize for writing, boasts of powerful storytelling, unique female protagonists, and a world where women are depicted as the centre of the society.
Tendai Huchu, author of The Hairdresser of Harare and The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician said that “the powerful stories in this dark and affecting collection will show you that magic still exists in our world.” While Chinelo Onwualu, editor of Omenana Magazine said it “is a riveting read that will stay with you long after you’ve put it down.” And for Igoni A. Barrett, author of Blackass and Love Is Power, or Something Like That, “Lesley Nneka Arimah has landed in my rereading list like a blast of fresh air.”
Arimah’s work has received grants and awards from Commonwealth Writers, AWP, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Jerome Foundation and others. Her short story, ‘What it Means When a Man Falls from the Sky’ was shortlisted for the 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing. She currently lives in Minneapolis.
Anike Eleko, written by Sandra Joubead and illustrated by Àlàbá Ònájìn, it tells the colourful story of one girl’s courage in the face of opposition to her dreams.
Àníké has to hawk ẹ̀kọ every morning but that does not stop her from going to school. She loves school and wants to be a doctor. However, her mother has decided her fate: once she finishes primary school, she will join her Aunt Rẹ̀mí in the city as a tailor.
When a mystery guest visits Àníké’s school, an opportunity to win a scholarship that will change her life presents itself. But will the help of her friends Oge, Ìlérí and Àríyọ̀ the cobbler be enough?
Joubeaud is a French screenwriter and script doctor based in Paris, France. She has also worked on Choice of Ndeye, a comic book commissioned by UNESCO and inspired by the novel, So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba. Whereas, Onajin is a graphic novelist with a diploma of cartooning and illustration from Morris College of Journalism, Surrey Kent. His work includes The Adventures of Atioro and other collaboration projects with UNESCO and Goethe-Institut. He lives in Ondo State, Nigeria.
How to Win Elections in Africa by Adebola Williams and Chude Jideonwo explores how citizens, through elections can uproot the power structures. Using examples from within and outside Africa, this book examines the past and present to map a future where the political playing field is level and citizens can rewrite existing narratives.
Jideonwo is the managing partner of RED, which brands include StateCraft Inc, Red Media Africa, Y!/YNaija.com and Church Culture. He teaches media and communication at the Pan-Atlantic University. In 2017, he was selected as a World Fellow at Yale University. Williams is the co-founder of RED and chief executive officer of its communication companies – Red Media Africa and StateCraft Inc. A Mandela Washington Fellow under President Barack Obama, he has been a keynote and panel speaker at conferences across the world including at the London Business School, Wharton, Stern, Yale, Columbia, Oxford and Harvard.