More diversity in romance books: Launch of new African romantic fiction publisher

By Marie on Jan 18th, 2015


Once again the lack of diversity in popular culture was highlighted this week, when the Oscar announcements last Sunday revealed an almost exclusive list of white nominees. And that despite a number of acclaimed films having come out in 2014 featuring non-white casts and directors.

In this environment, Ankara Press is an exciting new publisher with a much needed purpose: To bring romance novels to their readers featuring authentic stories from the African continent. According to Ankara Press' website, their 'mission is to publish a new kind of romance, in which the thrill of fantasy is alive but realised in a healthier and more grounded way. Our stories feature young, self-assured and independent women who work, play and, of course, fall madly in love in vibrant African cities from Lagos to Cape Town. Ankara men are confident, emotionally expressive and not afraid of independent and sexually assertive women. Our sensuous books will challenge romance stereotypes and empower women to love themselves in their search for love, romance and wholesome sex.'

Take a look at some of their first releases, all available on www.ankarapress.com in epub and mobi formats.
  • #1A Tailor-Made Romance

    Written by: Oyindamola Affinih

    Phoenix Advertising Agency rising star Tishe is looking forward to her first date with the sharply-dressed Adnan. But she is horrified when she finds out that he is a tailor from Mushin. She vows that there will be no second date…ever.

    But then, they share a goodnight kiss, igniting more desire in Tishe than she cares to admit. They embark on a whirlwind romance as she struggles to reconcile her disapproval for Adnan’s profession with her burning desire for him.

    Adnan is unwavering in his commitment to Tishe, planning romantic getaways and introducing her to his family. But can love cut across social class? Will Tishe give Adnan a second chance? Find out in this racy romance.

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  • #2A Taste of Love

    Written by: Sifa Gowon

    They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Yet in this delectable romance it is Toby, manager of cool Jos hangout lounge, the Bar-rage, who wins over feisty single mum and successful cake-maker Adoo Ibi with his tasty pizza. Not to mention his suave good looks and calm, confident demeanour.

    Soon, Adoo and Toby are enjoying spontaneous dates and passionate encounters. Adoo is thrilled to find a man who accepts both her and her son, and Toby is drawn to Adoo’s down-to-earth manner and feisty independence. It’s as if they’ve known each other forever. But both have been hurt before and are hesitant to commit to something more. Will Toby and Adoo overcome their pasts and embrace the present, or will they only have A Taste of Love?

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  • #3Black Sparkle Romance

    Written by: Amara Okolo

    Meet Mira Adure: an ambitious, creative twenty-something stuck working as PA to the ruthless editor of high fashion magazine Black Sparkle. Her work is tedious, but her love life is even worse – a string of disastrous dates is threatening to put Mira off men forever. And then she crashes her car into the flashy Mercedes of the gorgeous, tiger-eyed Dominic and the encounter leaves her fuming.

    Mira’s luck begins to change when she is promoted to her dream job of assistant editor. But when Dominic turns up at Mira’s office a few days later, she is infuriated to discover he’s been hired as the photographer for her first edition in charge of Black Sparkle.

    As they embark on a photo shoot by the swaying palms of Coconut Beach, Badagry, Mira and Dominic can’t stop arguing. Will it be too late before Mira realises that beneath the tension is smouldering desire? Sparks fly in this romance where the creative energy of two talented individuals fuels a heady mix of fear, passion and desire.

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  • #4Finding Love Again

    Written by: Chioma Iwunze-Ibiam

    For performance poet, radio broadcaster and recently jilted bride Kambi, the serene Obudu Mountain Resort is the perfect place to finish her poetry collection and heal her broken heart.

    But along comes Beba, the gorgeous, olive-skinned man from her past, who had rescued her from an attack several years ago. Back then, they came close to having a relationship but Kambi had pushed him away. In the lush mountain setting, can Kambi resist Beba’s charms and keep up the pretence of being his fake fiancé in order to help him in his quest to find his mother? Or will a phony engagement be the key for Kambi to begin Finding Love Again?

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  • #5Love's Persuasion

    Written by: Ola Awonubi

    Things are changing for the staff of Lagos firm City Finance, and not necessarily for the best. But for Ada Okafor, a bright, dedicated and beautiful trainee accountant, the only change worth noticing is the dashing, British-trained new assistant managing director Tony Okoli.

    Ambitious and determined, Ada ignores her feelings for Tony and focuses on juggling her work in accounts with completing her degree in business and finance. But their love of books draws them closer together and soon they embark on a secret but passionate affair.

    They soon discover that the course of love does not run smooth and a host of obstacles - from Tony’s disapproving family to jealous colleagues - litter their path. Their passion for each other is truly tested as they fight to persuade themselves and the world that love, in the end, trumps social status.

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  • #6The Elevator Kiss

    Written by: Amina Thula

    It’s Christmas Day and Sindi has been invited to her friend’s stunning new apartment for dinner. She finds herself in the elevator with a handsome man in a blue cotton suit. Their impromptu kiss under the mistletoe ignites unanticipated desire. Edward - successful, urbane and effortlessly charming - is determined to win Sindi over. But Sindi, a spirited, independent woman is focused on rebuilding a life for herself in Cape Town after a disastrous break-up. Edward is the last thing she needs.

    Or so she thinks.

    When Edward turns up at her office, Sindi has no choice but to work for him on a big and important project. And it’s not long before they are sharing much more than a kiss beneath the mistletoe….

    A steamy romance set in the beautiful city of Cape Town, The Elevator Kiss follows the journey of love between an ambitious young woman and her irresistible man.

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