The Ahmed Aidarus-founded Jahazi Press, which started operations on September 1, 2020, is Kenya’s newest publishing outfit.
Ahmed Aidarus is one of the most recognisable names in the Kenyan publishing ecosystem. As the manager of Prestige Books, he has ensured that writers from Kenya and other African countries have a space to sell their books. Apart from selling books, Prestige Books has become a vital space to do book readings and launches that have hosted writers like Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Lola Shoneyin, Ayobami Adebayo, Peter Kimani, and even more.
In March this year, the bookseller and literary events host announced that he would be acquiring the East African rights for Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor’s The Dragonfly Sea and Peter Kimani’s Dance of The Jakaranda. At the time, it was intimated that he would share the details of this new aspect of his work then he went quiet (we suspect it had something to do with a worldwide pandemic).
On September 1, Aidarus unveiled a new outfit to run his publishing concern called Jahazi Press. The new organisation describes itself as a “Nairobi-based independent publisher of literary fiction and nonfiction by Kenyan authors.” The books under its stable currently are Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor’s The Dragonfly Sea and Peter Kimani’s Dance of The Jakaranda.
The company has hired Troy Onyango as publishing manager. It does not currently accept any unsolicited submissions. To learn more about this new organisation, check out their official website or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.