Monday, August 13, 2007





My friend, Muhtar, is a great man...

The reputable book publishers, Farafina, Nigerian publishers of Chimamanda Adichie's "Purple Hibiscus", (winner of the Commonwealth prize) and "Half of a Yellow Sun" (Winner of the Orange Prize), Biyi Bandele's "Burma Boy", Sefi Atta's "Everything good will come (Winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature)" and Ngugi Wa Thiongo's "Wizard of the Crow" among others, will be publishing the book, Naija Bloggers Volume I. We stand in great company.

After an extended meeting with Muhtar Bakare, C.E.O. of the company, in which he committed his establishment to be publishers, I knew there could be no better place to have this book brought to life than through Farafina.

The book, according to Muhtar, will not be a rush job, and proper care will be taken in its production. It is intended that it is as cutting-edge(d) in content and cover, as its contributors.

Participating bloggers will be informed via e-mail of all developments.

Purchases of other books published by Farafina may be purchased online by going here

16 comments:

30+ said...

So we should start preparing for volume 2 ko. let me go and sharpen or is it find my writing skills

Nonesuch said...

i agree Mukthar is a great man. Looking forward to the book.

36 INCHES OF BROWN LEGS said...

muthar is just such a fabulous guys, hes married to my friend, shame i didnt put in any of my posts sha!!!

papi, im coming to see jero plays again o!!!1 with the whole family this time and thier families too so ehm me thinks i need like 15tickets or so, can i buy them before the day of the show?

~Mimi~ said...

i am soooo jealous of 36 right about now. you just had to rub our faces in it that you're going to see the jero plays again!! hiss..

Groupie..coolio on the book.. let us know when it comes out...it should be a classic..

Uzo said...

My friend Udeme is a great man. Why did that come to my mind when i read this?

Excellent work Laspapi..Looking forward to this...

laspapi said...

@ 30+ Yes, you should, 30+. Some great works are part of this first one.

@ nonesuch- He's got great vision, that I can tell you.

@ 36"- you have to be there. Thanks for being so supportive. We can have them delivered at no extra cost. Just write me at laspapi@yahoo.com and let me know where to.

@ ~mimi~ looking forward to the book myself, idol. I'll keep you abreast.

@ uzo- it was a direct spin-off of the Udeme advert. I wanted it to come to mind. How are you doing, uzo?

Omosewa said...

Thats really nice. Thanks for the link, i can find more authors. LOL@kachifo, isnt that goodnight in Igbo. Laspapiscosco, how are you doing?

Tayo said...

Hey Laspapi, this is great! You're going to turn us to superstars ... I'm glad I was able to submit on time.

catwalq said...

correct jare
good job.
u always have better gist.

come o, dis one wey u get the hook up for farafina, make i go dust all my old essays carry give you. u fit helep me publish am. i dey fyne money for school and to by sewing machine for my mama and bicycle for my papa...

Nyemoni said...

my friend Aliyu is a great man....lol! They are truly doing a great job! Joob job 'papi... I like the name Laspapiscosco...I have added my jara Laspapiscoscoroscoro..lol!

Babawilly said...

Well done. This book should make history; become a standard text in Universities. I am sure that when entries for Vol 2 are called for, it will be a stampede.

laspapi said...

@ omosewa- I'm fine, 'sewa. Farafina's very Afrocentric.

@ tayo- I'm glad you'll be part of this, tayo.

@ catwalq- your old dusty essays, ke? I go gi' you Muhtar number...

@ nyemoni- thanks, 'moni. I'm glad we got such respected publishers. As for the extension you've added to the injury done my name by 'sewa, you'll hear from my lawyer.

@ babawilly- It will make history, by God's grace and surpass all we hoped for. Our co-editor, Jahman Anikulapo, is rearing to go too. What struck me about Farafina is how the company instantly understood the potentials of the book. We landed in the right place.

Oracle said...

I've not submitted, is it late?
I'm just hearing about this now

JJ said...

Wow this is great! Good looking out for the blog fam. mr. Papi! Keep us posted.

God's child said...

Laspapi, Mukthar is a great man, and u are as well, u brought up the idea, and followed through with it. Your artistic works already speak for themselves, and I look forward to being a part of this publication.

Jumi said...

Thanx, laspapi, for stopping by my pad. I have had my head buried in books in the last few weeks, with my analytical mind being taken to task and all that. It's all good sha! The end result is super-desirable. Thanx for the updates on the naija blogger book o. Me, I can't wait! Have a swell weekend.