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In a time when Nigerian was still advancing digitally, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf and Jeremy Weate took the giant leap to start a publishing company. This company, Cassava Republic, is now home to some of Nigerians most promising writing talents and prides itself on its reputation for bringing some of the reputable books we know today to the limelight. 

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A Longing to Promote the African Story 

With no financial backing and access to poor distribution networks and printing services, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf and Jeremy Weate founded the Cassava Republic in 2006. They started the company with the goal of enlightening the African mind through stories that capture the uniqueness of the African experience. 

At the time (in 2006), there was so much that could be done for writers looking to get their voices out. A publishing house strategically situated in Nigeria’s capital Abuja seemed like the best answer to the lack of attention on African literature. This was what inspired Bibi Bakare-Yusuf to co-found the Cassava Republic.

As an academic, Bakare-Yusuf had noticed that there were hardly any bookshelves in the homes she visited in Nigeria. Seeing the implications that an absence of books could have on a nation’s civilisation, she and her husband Jeremy Weate co-founded the Cassava Republic. They started the publishing house after taking out a mortgage on their property in the U.K. The couple then drew a business plan which didn’t seem feasible for the next seven years but they went ahead with the process. 

A Platform for the African Story 

Surpassing their expectations, Cassava Republic has been in existence for 12 years and has become a grand platform where African literary works of different categories and genres are represented. They’ve achieved their goal of “feeding the African imagination” through stories derived from the heart for Africa. Given the significant change that has occurred – in terms of digital advancement – since they first launched the Cassava Republic, the company has more potentials to reach uncharted territories and spread its influence beyond the African continent. 

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Achievements and Milestones 

Cassava Republic’s first two books, Kemi’s Journal and Zack’s Story, novels by the London-based Nigerian writer Abidemi Sansui, were published in 2006. Since then the company has gone on to publish books by reputable authors such as 2001 Caine Prize winner Helon Habila, two-time Caine prize shortlisted Ugandan writer Doreen Baingana, the late South African novelist K. Sello Duiker, Sarah Ladipo Manyika and Toni Kan, and the Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin. 

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My name is Samuel Okoruwa. I am an ardent researcher, reading is life and writing is fun.



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    6th December 2019 at 5:56 am

    Wow! It completes me! Sometimes, the best writing motivators are the simplest.

  2. Samuel Okoruwa

    Samuel Okoruwa

    6th December 2019 at 7:19 am

    Thank you. Your comment is much appreciated.

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    Tarequl Islam

    13th December 2019 at 11:46 pm

    I really enjoyed reading your blog, you have worked very well on this website but also I like it and I have received a lot of suggestions in your web site and I have learned all about it and I have been benefited from writing such blogs. Stay.

    • Samuel Okoruwa

      Samuel Okoruwa

      25th January 2020 at 6:23 pm

      Thank you!

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    14th January 2020 at 10:43 am

    Cassava Republic really reached the goal of enlightening the African mind. They had started a mission to change the way we all think about African writing. To build a new body of African writing that links writers through different times and spaces.They really succeeded to reach their milestones and goals. They had expanded their company to UK and US. Introduced the African talent to the whole world. Cassava republic is absolutely something that we should love.

    • Samuel Okoruwa

      Samuel Okoruwa

      25th January 2020 at 6:28 pm

      Hi Ray, Thanks for reading and your insightful input.

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    Ghost Mannequin

    25th January 2020 at 7:32 am

    Wow, this is a nice article, Mr. Samuel. Really you have worked well on this website.

    • Samuel Okoruwa

      Samuel Okoruwa

      25th January 2020 at 6:30 pm

      Thank you so much!

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    30th March 2020 at 3:58 pm

    Informative post. I always like to read this type of post. Thanks.

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