On a whim

In 2005, during a heavy bout of depression brought on by a particularly stressful summer, I decided to establish a little business called The Othello Press. I had no grand pretensions: it would be a cottage-industry publisher, selling fine fiction and hand-knitted slippers. I had recently started a job that had turned out to be the very opposite of everything I had hoped for and found myself carrying around a constantly aching heart. And so it was that on a whim The Othello Press was born. How I wish my friends had challenged my sanity then.

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Can African publishers publish African authors and keep them?

Textbooks make up ninety percent of Africa’s total book production. Whilst the continent’s population makes up twelve percent of the global figure, it produces only one percent of the world’s books. As a result, the remaining ten percent of Africa’s book production, which includes liturgical materials, academic books and gray literature, makes up a tiny and almost insignificant proportion (Chakava, 1996, pp.79-81). The affect of this situation on African authors is put by the President of the Ghana Association of Writers:

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