“Stories matter. Many stories matter... When we reject the single story, when we realize that there is never a single story about any place, we regain a kind of paradise.”

- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Books Africana is a Discovery Bookshop

Books Africana is “a discovery bookshop".

In one of the biggest Waterstones in London, I watched as a bookshop assistant rummaged through the shelves trying  to find just one children’s book with a black child on the cover. Reader, he never did.

It was then that I realised that there was a need to create a place where it was easy to find the work of black writers. A place where there work was not hidden in dusty corners or banished to unchartered stockrooms.

Books Africana is that place. An internet haven, a home for the work of writers from Africa and the African Diaspora.

Our concept is thus quite unique – a discovery bookshop.

We don’t sell books – yet 😉 – we are a bookshop in name but not yet in nature. Clicking the buy links on this site will take you over to our friends at Amazon, who kindly send us a small fee if you end up buying a book.

In that way, we’re keeping our mission simple, at least for now, we’re here to help you discover great books. Over the coming months we will be building our collection and creating new ways to help you discover new books.

And who knows, maybe in time, we’ll be more than a discovery bookshop.