Parresia’s Harmattan Releases

Parresia’s Harmattan Releases

Book lovers will be thrilled this festive season as Parrésia Publishers Ltd, releases three books from different authors to coincide with the yuletide period of Christmas.

The company’s Dry Season Book Release Window will see the release of new books by Helon Habila, Victor Ehikhamenor and Tanimu Sule Lagi.

Habila’s third novel, Oil on Water, and Victor Ehikhamenor’s debut collection of essays, Excuse Me! will be released under the Parrésia imprint while a crime fiction, The BOFAK Illusion by Tanimu Sule Lagi, will debut under the Origami imprint.

The covers of the books were officially unveiled yesterday on the company’s Facebook page , blog and website. The covers were produced by artists Akila Brisca and Akeem Ibrahim.

Parrésia was set up in January 2012 by Mrs Azafi Omoluabi-Ogosi and Richard Ali to publish new African voices. It presently owns two imprints—Parrésia and Origami. The Parrésia imprint is a traditional model publishing outfit while Origami is a specialised publishing imprint designed for authors who desire greater control of the publishing process.

In the year 2012, the company hit the market with three books; The Whispering Trees by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim and Farad by Emmanuel Iduma [Parrésia], with Richard Ali’s City of Memories coming out under the Origami imprint in May. These books have continued to excite the imagination of Nigerian readers with international fellowship and workshop invitations, radio appearances and numerous reviews trailing Parrésia’s star authors.

All three news books will be available in bookstores across Nigeria by the second week of December in time for Christmas shopping.


The company’s Managing Editor, Azafi, said she was “thrilled to finally unveil these books. Each cover was executed by an artist with a mind to match, in terms of cover art, the quality of writing in the book. These are books that famous aesthete, Oscar Wilde, would be proud to own; as with our authors, each is 100% Nigeriana.”

She added that the company is in talks to have a Nigerian online retailer in place by the first quarter of 2013 to make secure and effective digital-based payments and distribution possible nationwide at the lowest cost per book.


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