Date Published: 04/29/11
Introducing Ankara Press
Ankara Press, a fresh new voice publishing romantic fiction for the
African market, is looking for writers. The press is devoted to
publishing easy-to-read, purse-size books with African settings,
storylines and characters.
Need for African Romance
Women of all ages have always enjoyed romance. They ask for it in
their movies, their music, from their lover and in their books. But
in Nigeria and indeed, much of Africa, they have had to find it in the
pages of Western series like Mills and Boon, Silhouette and other
Harlequin titles. It is time that the continent’s rising consumer
class gets romances that reflect the complexity of their modern lives.
However, it is not enough to recreate these romances and relocate them
to Africa. Many of them rely on dangerous notions of male dominance,
control and manipulation that have done great harm to women all over
the world. In many cases, women tolerate abusive situations because
they wrongly believe that this is what romance should look like
Today’s African woman deserves a romance that reflects the full
richness of her life. We want to showcase the modern African woman in
all her strength and complexity while giving her the tools to shape
her own destiny. In our stories, independent, capable women meet
handsome, charming men who will respect their choices.
Seeking new writers
Ankara Press seeking strong, original voices who can tell fast-paced
and engaging stories. We want scenarios that discard dangerous notions
of male dominance, control and manipulation. Above all, we want
writers who will allow African women to see the best version of
themselves in print.
If you think you are such a writer, contact Chinelo Onwualu at: