Cassava republic’s Bibi Bakare-Yusuf is part of the team guest editing New African’s 100 Most Influential Africans 2016.
The New African founded in 1966 is one of the most respected publications writing stories from the length and breadth on the African continent. The magazine publishes a list they call “100 Most Influential Africans” where they shine a light on who they think have been the most influential in the past year. The list which is now five years old has featured many Africans unleashing excellence in many different fields. We could be wrong but we suspect that this list attempts to do what Time Magazine does with its most “Time 100 Most Influential” but for Africans only.
Literature is a very important aspect of our lives as humans and writers have also been featured in the list. In the most recent listing that we covered on this blog were Wole Soyinka, Teju Cole, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o , Tolu Ogunlesi , Binyavanga Wainaina, Chimamanda Adichie , Noviolet Bulawayo , Fatou Diome, and Yvonne Adhiambo Owour.
The next edition of the Africans in the list of most influential is imminent as respected folks from different parts of society sift through the many people, all one billion of us, that live in this continent. In the Publishing & Literature section the guest editor is none other than Bibi Bakare-Yusuf the co-founder of Cassava Republic Press. Bibi who provides editorial and strategic direction in publishing and marketing, aims to contribute to the transformation of the African continent through production of alternative narratives and knowledge.
Cassava Republic Press publishes and presents stories written by and for Africans in an effort to develop a deep culture of reading across the continent. Some of the more well names that are published by Cassava Republic include Hawa Jande Golakai, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Leye Adenle, Elnathan John, and Sarah Ladipo Manyika. With such a diverse group of writers in her stable, you know that she knows something about knowing the best in African publishing and literature.