African Bureau Stories is a brand new children's publishing house that produces delightful children's books by African writers and illustrators for children. Our stories are fun, relatable and entertaining. We make all our books with a team of talented African writers and illustrators who pour heart into each of our titles. From Ghana to Tanzania and to South Africa we bring contemporary stories from across the African continent and characters to love. Our goal is to delight our readers and take them on a journey into a world of stories too good to forget.
Our physical location is in Accra, Ghana, and from here we spread our tentacles across the entire African continent and the world to find and publish the very best African stories for children everywhere. We have a big sister organization, Golden Baobab, which is a literary non profit organization that discovers, nurtures and celebrates talented African writers and illustrators of children’s stories.
At African Bureau Stories we believe it is possible to build a profitable business while doing good. We pursue this mission by building partnerships with individuals and companies who believe, like us, that giving a child the gift of reading is handing the child a life-changing tool. Every child deserves this gift.
We are deeply committed to the battle against childhood illiteracy in Africa. We also believe in the power of storybooks to show children around the world the fullness and beauty of different cultures.
The Daring Duo 1: 179 Jabulani Street
It all started with a pink jacket, a key and a scribbled note... When Jama and Ufulu bump into each other near a suspicious-looking house in Yeoville, they don’t realize that this will be the beginning of a friendship full of adventures. A new team is born … and they are ready to find out what is really going on at the mysterious 179 Jabulani Street!
Phila is not happy that she has to spend her holidays in her grandma's village. It's too far from her best friends and she is trapped with her annoying brother and sister. When she hears the story of Bro. E, a strange tale the young children of the village tell to scare and taunt, she has no idea about the thrilling adventure ahead. A monster is coming at midnight, RUN, PHILA, RUN!
Picture Book By Nahida Esmail Illustrator: Randa Abubakr Release Date: September 2019
Even though Bahiya is one of the most beautiful zebras in the Serengeti, she doesn’t want to be striped like all the others. When she finds a solution to her problem, she knows that her friend, the Hippo, can help. However, the little zebra returns home and no one seems to appreciate her unique new look. Will Bahiya realise how beautiful she is and accept her own stripes?
Q & A
What is the process for authors to submit manuscripts and illustrators to submit portfolios for African Bureau's consideration?
We are currently not reviewing manuscripts. When we are, we will post a call for submissions on our website and social media pages. Do check back often.
How can illustrators to submit portfolios for African Bureau's consideration?
Send us samples of your work so we may consider possibilities of working together on upcoming books. To do this, send an email with the portfolio attached to email@example.com. Subject: Illustration Portfolio. We are unfortunately unable to acknowledge individual emails but will reach out if we can work with you.