November 20, 2017

Book Release!!! | FARAFINA Released 3 New Titles This November

FARAFINA released three new books this November!
- What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky (Nigerian Edition) by Lesley Nneka Arimah
- How to Win Elections in Africa by Chude Jideonwo and Adebola Williams
- Anike Eleko by Sandra Joubeaud and Alaba Onajin

FARAFINA is an imprint of Kachifo Ltd and on November 13th it released these three titles on online platforms and in selected bookstores nationwide. I've been fortunate to read What It Means When A Man Falls From the Sky. It's a stellar collection of gripping short stories that I love, love, love. You can find my review of it HERE. On October 27th, 2017 Lesley announced on her Twitter account that one of her short stories from the collection, Who Will Greet You at Home, has been optioned by a filmmaker! That's exciting!! If you read my book review you'll know that's one of my favorite stories in the collection. I can't wait to see how it gets reimagined for film. Kudos Lesley!!! I haven't read How to Win Elections in Africa but my good friend dedicated an entire Facebook post to Chude Jideonwo praising the book sooo I know it will be really good. I haven't heard anything yet about Anike Eleko but I love that book cover already and you know book lovers judge books by their covers. Here's a press release from Farafina accompanied by praise for these beautiful books from other accomplished authors:
What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah
The 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 center of the society.

Praise for What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky
"Arimah has a gift of crafting intimate familial relationships... and the pressures and strains of those relationships form the most intricate and astonishing narratives. The powerful stories in this dark and affecting collection will show you that magic still exists in our world." - Tendai Huchu, author of The Hairdresser of Harare, and The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician. 

"Masterfully moving between the speculative to the mundane, this is a riveting read that will stay with you long after you've put it down." - Chinelo Onwualu, Editor of Omenana Magazine

"From the very first story in What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky this thunderstruck reader began to glean the answer to the question embedded in the book's title... Lesley Nneka Arimah has landed in my rereading list like a blast of fresh air" - Igoni A. Barrett, author of Blackass and Love Is Power, or Something Like That

About the Author
Lesley Nneka 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 Joubeaud and beautifully illustrated by Alaba Onajin
Anike has to hawk eko 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 Remi in the city as a tailor.

When a mystery guest visits Anike's school, she has the chance to win a scholarship that will change her fate. With the help of her friends Oge, Ileri and Ariyo the cobbler be enough?

Written by Sandra Joubeaud and illustrated by Alaba Onajin, Anike Eleko tells a colorful story of one girl's courage in the face of opposition to her dreams.

About the Authors
Sandra 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 (Mariama Ba).

Alaba Onajin is a grapic 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 Chude Jideonwo and Adebola Williams
Democracy involves the process of changing custodians of power from time to time in order to maintain a useful equilibrium of performance and accountability. But the post-colonial narrative in most African countries has been one of strongmen and power brokers entrenching themselves deeply across the crucial levels of society. The past few years have however seen citizens become more aware, and some revolt against these systems.

How to Win Elections in Africa 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.

Politicians have been handed their notice: It is no longer business as usual.

About the Authors
Chude Jideonwo is the managing partner of RED, which brands include StateCraft Inc, Red Media Africa, Y!/ and Church Culture. His work focuses on social movements shaking up and transforming nations through governance and faith, with the media as a tool. He teaches media and communication at the Pan-Atlantic University. In 2017, he was selected as a World Fellow at Yale University.

Adebola 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.

Go get yourselves copies of these beautiful books!!!