Happy Valentine’s Day!

Since the launch of Ankara Press in December 2014, we have been overwhelmed by the positive response of readers to its vision of ‘a new kind of romance’, with African settings, storylines and characters. One of the key reasons for establishing the imprint was to counter the rather one-dimensional view...

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The Valentine’s Day Anthology of African Romance

Ankara Press is delighted to announce the imminent arrival of a very special Valentine’s Day gift for all lovers of African romance. On Saturday 14th February – which also happens to be Presidential Election Day here in Nigeria (or so we believe at the time of writing...) – we will...

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The Fear of Writing Romance

Ankara Press author Oyindamola Affinnih tells us how she tackled her worries about being typecast as a 'romance writer' and ponders exactly how much sex one should include in a story.

I read a lot of romance while growing. A whole lot! Although I had written some, I took a break from it; everyone thought the genre was too regular and predictable because of its ‘happily ever after’ endings.

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Ankara Press illustrator Onyinye Iwu reflects on the design journey

Onyinye Iwu is a 24-year-old illustrator and designer, and the creator of our fabulous Ankara Press cover images. She reflects here on the process of bringing the Ankara Press heroines to life.

I follow Cassava Republic Press on Twitter and they must have seen some of my illustrations because Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, the publisher, approached me with this project. Even though I knew that the design process wasn’t going to be easy, and this certainly was the case when designing the covers for the debut of Ankara Press, I was ecstatic.

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Interview with Ankara Press author: Amara Nicole Okolo

Amara Nicole Okolo is the author of Black Sparkle Romance. We asked her to tell us a little more about herself and what it means to her to be one of our first Ankara Press authors.

What first inspired you to become a writer? My drawings. I remember vividly when I turned ten, I was drawing a picture of an African woman cooking on an open fire, her two daughters helping out by preparing the ingredients, fetching water, and her husband and son cutting up firewood for the hearth. I noticed how vivid the art looked, like it had a story to tell, and I thought, why don't I just write a story alongside this? It seemed easy enough because I already had the drawing to guide me, so I went on and on until it became an illustrated children's book called The Fate of Ngozi. My mother still has it stashed somewhere, and to this day, I still draw out my characters before I begin writing a book...

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