Cassava Republic Signs Historical Novel Set in Ghana by Ayesha Harruna Attah

Bibi Bakare-Yusuf has acquired World English language rights to the forthcoming novel by Ghanaian author Ayesha Harruna Attah in a deal with Marina Penalva at Pontas Agency, who represents Attah worldwide. The novel, which is currently being edited and is provisionally titled ‘One Hundred Wells’, tells the story of two strong female characters whose lives intersect in a surprising way during the height of the slave trade at the end of the 19th century in West Africa. Cassava Republic plans to publish the novel in 2017 across their imprints in Nigeria, the UK and North America.

Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, founder and director of Cassava Republic Press, comments “There is a huge lack of historical fiction from across the African continent, and imaginative reconstructions of events such as One Hundred Wells are sorely needed. The novel allows us to see the disruptive events of colonialism and the Trans Atlantic slave trade from a personal, inside-out perspective.  It helps to understand the turmoil in people’s lives, to have insights into the relations between different ethnic groups in pre-colonial/colonial Ghana, and from a more personal perspective, understand social relations, desire and intimacy in a 19th century West African context. It brings a different time and place alive like the best historical fiction does.”

Marina Penalva, agent at Pontas Literary & Film Agency, adds “we are thrilled with this new deal for Ayesha, which seems like the perfect match for her in this new step in her literary career. We have worked with Bibi and the Cassava team in the past when they acquired the rights to The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma  and their editorial vision, energy and ambition have impressed us greatly. We are confident that Ayesha’s new novel is in the best possible hands and we can’t wait to share it with publishers around the world when the manuscript is ready next year.”

For a biography of the author, see:

For further information please contact:

UK:                  Sue Foster: or 07710 381063

Nigeria:          Emma Shercliff: or 0706 449 4192


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