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Masobe Books promises new era of publishing

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Founder of Masobe Books, Othuke Ominiabohs

A new publishing company that promises a new era for creative writers in Nigeria’s literary space called Masobe Books has made its entrance into the country’s publishing scene with the official launch of its business activities. Managers of Masobe Books anchor the new outfit on more than the usual way of doing book business in the country, saying that what they have set out to do is “a labour of love for Nigerian literature. Its dreams are to support writers, significantly improve readership, and possibly revolutionize publishing” in the Nigerian environment.

Founders of Masobe Books said the publishing firm’s mission is to tackle and surmount the typical challenges in Nigerian literature. These include poor distribution and marketing, mediocre production, especially for self-published books, readers’ apathy and skepticism, and writers’ disillusionment with securing commensurate publication, reward, and exposure for their work.

“As a writer and an avid reader, I have experienced these challenges personally,” says Founder of Masobe Books, Othuke Ominiabohs. “So, my dedicated team of like-minded people and I decided to do something about these challenges. We created Masobe Books, which is a platform to protect, project and promote our literature. We like to think of Masobe Books as a family. We believe that together as a collective — writers, readers, and publisher — we can surmount these challenges and do big things in the publishing space. Together we can read, write, create magic, and live dreams.”

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Masobe, an Isoko language of the Isoko people from Nigeria’s Niger Delta, means ‘Let Us Read’! Masobe Books has published many books including the acclaimed JAMB text, Sweet Sixteen: A Coming of Age Story by Bolaji Abdullahi and other books. The list of authors and forthcoming books on the platform will be released in August 2019.

Also, Masobe Books has recently put out a call for submissions starting from June 1; it closes on June 30, 2019 for writers who have new and exciting stories to tell.
For more information, please contact: Theresa Egware at 07018383286; email: info@masobebooks.com or visit Masobe Books’ website at www.masobebooks.com.


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