This is a collection of six love books from Ankara Press


Deola Banjoko has it all. A wonderful career, an accomplished fiancée and great plans for the future. But as the years pass and Deola fails to become pregnant, the foundations of the wonderful life they have built together begin to crumble, unable to withstand the pressures of life, family and cultural expectations.

Recovering from a broken heart, Deola takes up a chance to work in Nigeria. She crosses paths with businessman Femi Da Silva and ends up working as a consultant for his PR company. She soon learns that Femi has issues of his own, having been widowed ten years before, and tries to fight her attraction to him. Can Deola move beyond the pain of the past and the constrictions of societal pressures and find the unconditional love she is seeking?


They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Yet in this delectable romance it is Toby, manager of cool Jos hangout lounge, the Bar-Rage, who wins over feisty single mum and successful cake-maker Adoo Ibi with his tasty pizza. Not to mention his suave good looks and calm, confident demeanour.

Soon, Adoo and Toby are enjoying spontaneous dates and passionate encounters. Adoo is thrilled to find a man who accepts both her and her son, and Toby is drawn to Adoo’s down-to-earth manner and feisty independence. It’s as if they’ve known each other forever. But both have been hurt before and are hesitant to commit to something more. Will Toby and Adoo overcome their pasts and embrace the present, or will they only have A Taste of Love?


It’s Christmas Day and Sindi has been invited to her friend’s stunning new apartment for dinner. She finds herself in the elevator with a handsome man in a blue cotton suit. Their impromptu kiss under the mistletoe ignites unanticipated desire. Edward – successful, urbane and effortlessly charming – is determined to win Sindi over. But Sindi, a spirited, independent woman is focused on rebuilding a life for herself in Cape Town after a disastrous break-up. Edward is the last thing she needs.

Or so she thinks.

When Edward turns up at her office, Sindi has no choice but to work for him on a big and important project.  And it’s not long before they are sharing much more than a kiss beneath the mistletoe….

A steamy romance set in the beautiful city of Cape Town, The Elevator Kiss follows the journey of love between an ambitious young woman and her irresistible man.


Meet Mira Adure: an ambitious, creative twenty-something stuck working as PA to the ruthless editor of high fashion magazine Black Sparkle. Her work is tedious, but her love life is even worse – a string of disastrous dates is threatening to put Mira off men forever. And then she crashes her car into the flashy Mercedes of the gorgeous, tiger-eyed Dominic and the encounter leaves her fuming.

Mira’s luck begins to change when she is promoted to her dream job of assistant editor. But when Dominic turns up at Mira’s office a few days later, she is infuriated to discover he’s been hired as the photographer for her first edition in charge of Black Sparkle.

As they embark on a photo shoot by the swaying palms of Coconut Beach in Badagry, Mira and Dominic can’t stop arguing. Will it be too late before Mira realises that beneath the tension is smouldering desire? Sparks fly as the creative energy of two talented individuals fuels a heady mix of fear, passion and desire.


Things are changing for the staff of Lagos firm City Finance, and not necessarily for the best. But for Ada Okafor, a bright, dedicated and beautiful trainee accountant, the only change worth noticing is the dashing, British-trained new assistant managing director Tony Okoli.

Ambitious and determined, Ada ignores her feelings for Tony and focuses on juggling her work in accounts with completing her degree in business and finance. But their love of books draws them closer together and they embark on a secret but passionate affair.

They soon discover that the course of love does not run smooth and a host of obstacles – from Tony’s disapproving family to jealous colleagues – litter their path. Their passion for each other is truly tested as they fight to persuade themselves and the world that love, in the end, trumps social status.


Building a business or chasing a dream can be daunting and whenever we decide to step out of our comfort zones to do such things, it is usual for people to doubt If we can succeed. In this fascinating memoir, Frank Nneji, one of Africa’s most outstanding business entrepreneurs, says you can.
Frank was just 23years old when he pioneered Rapido ventures, a manufacturer, and seller of educational materials with the specialty in audio-visual teaching aids and display systems. Less than a decade after pioneering that business, he became captivated by the idea of starting a bus company that will compete with airlines in providing comfort and safety for passengers. Despite many odds, the young Frank worked hard at actualizing his dream and in February 1993, ABC Transport was birthed. The new company would go on to revolutionize Nigeria’s road transport industry and become the first travel option for middle-class Nigerians. ABC Transport grew astonishingly to become the first publicly quoted road transport company in Nigeria as it expanded into logistics, hospitality, and tourism.


I consider myself to be someone who is regularly plagued with carefully hidden fears, which have often prevented me from either speaking up, reaching out to connect with certain people, or going after something I really wanted. In some cases, fear has pushed me into things I had no desire to be involved in. That feeling is not completely gone.

I often wished that I would one day find the antidote to my fears in a book, a programme, or in the speech of a revered individual, that would wipe those fears away and give me my sustained confidence. Well… that never really happened. Once, I asked someone who I felt was very brave to share the secret of their bravery with me, they did! And it made sense, BUT that response left me unsatisfied and still seeking… as will many other responses thereafter.


I don’t hide my scars is the real life story of the author, Beauty; who went through physical, sexual and psychological abuse and battled severe trauma, suicidal tendencies and depression ; yet found a way to rise above all the pain, disappointment and heartache.
I don’t hide my scars is the book for anyone who is seeking healing from emotional and psychological scars.


The Augustsecrets Meal Plan Book is the answer to every Nigerian parent's question 'what do I feed my baby to creche, school or weaning?' It 50+ nutritionist-approved recipes and meal plans for children from weaning stage to school lunches.
It contains cooking guides, fast and recipes made with all-Nigerian ingredients that are easy to make for busy mothers too. It contains a special section for fussy eaters and every purchase provides a free personal consultation to parents who may need specialized cooking tips and recipes.
It is endorsed by the Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs as being a 'must in every home'.


This book will be available on 23rd May, 2018


In the long-anticipated novel from the author of the critically acclaimed Beasts of No Nation, a revelation shared between two privileged teenagers from very different backgrounds sets off a chain of events with devastating consequences.

On the surface, Niru leads a charmed life. Raised by two attentive parents in Washington, D.C., he’s a top student and a track star at his prestigious private high school. Bound for Harvard in the fall, his prospects are bright. But Niru has a painful secret: he is queer–an abominable sin to his conservative Nigerian parents. No one knows except Meredith, his best friend, the daughter of prominent Washington insiders–and the one person who seems not to judge him.

When his father accidentally discovers Niru is gay, the fallout is brutal and swift. Coping with troubles of her own, however, Meredith finds that she has little left emotionally to offer him. As the two friends struggle to reconcile their desires against the expectations and institutions that seek to define them, they find themselves speeding toward a future more violent and senseless than they can imagine. Neither will escape unscathed.

In the tradition of Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah, Speak No Evil explores what it means to be different in a fundamentally conformist society and how that difference plays out in our inner and outer struggles. It is a novel about the power of words and self-identification, about who gets to speak and who has the power to speak for other people. As heart-wrenching and timely as his breakout debut, Beasts of No Nation, Uzodinma Iweala’s second novel cuts to the core of our humanity and leaves us reeling in its wake.


A woman in a township in Zimbabwe is surrounded by throngs of dusty children but longs for a baby of her own; an old man finds that his new job making coffins at No Matter Funeral Parlor brings unexpected riches; a politician’s widow stands quietly by at her husband’s funeral, watching his colleagues bury an empty casket. Petina Gappah’s characters may have ordinary hopes and dreams, but they are living in a world where a loaf of bread costs half a million dollars, where wives can’t trust even their husbands for fear of AIDS, and where people know exactly what will be printed in the one and only daily newspaper because the news is always, always good.

In her spirited debut collection, the Zimbabwean writer Petina Gappah brings us the resilience and inventiveness of the people who struggle to live under Robert Mugabe’s regime. She takes us across the city of Harare, from the townships beset by power cuts to the manicured lawns of privilege and corruption, where wealthy husbands keep their first wives in the “big houses” while their unofficial second wives wait in the “small houses,” hoping for a promotion.


The Nigerian Army is an institution that has played a pivotal role in the affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. For more than half of the 57 years since Independence, Nigeria was directly ruled by a Military Government, largely composed of army officers, and always headed by one. It is impossible to explore any facet of modern Nigerian history or society without the military (and in particular the Army) looming significantly. Whilst several authors have documented the history of Nigeria (and significantly less many of its Army), rarely, if ever, has the impact of the politics of Nigeria on the Army, and vice-versa, formed the exclusive subject of study. This volume is an endeavor to fill that gap.

The period leading up to the Army’s first overt entry into the politics of Nigeria is reviewed, firstly the pre-Independence period, and then the years immediately following independence. The effects of the Nigerianisation of the Army, especially of the officer corps, and of the policy decisions made following the passing of control over the Army from the British to the Nigerian Government are considered. The political circumstances surrounding the Army’s first overt entry into politics – the January 1966 coup – and the political performance of the subsequent first military regime are discussed, as a precursor to the second coup in July 1966.


With four starred reviews, Tomi Adeyemi’s West African-inspired fantasy debut, and instant #1 New York Times Bestseller, conjures a world of magic and danger, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Sabaa Tahir.

They killed my mother.
They took our magic.
They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.


I am not THAT OLD yet, but I ran a political campaign to unseat an incumbent and occupy the Oke-Ogun Constituency seat in the Kwara State House of Assembly.

You don’t get to see 30-year-olds contesting for political office in Nigeria. I have done it, though unsuccessful, and here is my story.

Stepping Out gives an account of some of the experiences of a young professional that decided to walk an uncharted path of partisan politics. It also gives recommendations on some of the major reforms that Nigerian political parties need to go through to ensure inclusiveness of the younger population in the political process.

There is a part that talks specifically on what is required of you if you ever decide to run for any political office, at any level whatsoever.

If you ever want to get involved in politics – contesting for a political office or supporting candidates for office – this is a book you must read!


Part 1 – First things first
Chapter 1 – VISION; Your first creation of the future
Chapter 2 – ATTITUDE; The distinguishing factor to your future
Chapter 3 – CORE VALUES; Your deciding factor for success
Chapter 4 – BELIEF SYSTEM; Your power to create and to destroy

Part 2 – Discover yourself and your purpose
Chapter 5 – TALENTS; Your gift from God
Chapter 6 – PASSION; The fire to all great things
Chapter 7 – DREAM; Set your future in motion

Part 3 – Build up and explore your intelligence
Chapter 8 – EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE; Your passport to influencing others
Chapter 9 – SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE; Your fabric to choosing the right friends
Chapter 10 –FINANCIAL INTELLIGENCE; Your path to creating lasting wealth
Chapter 11 – BRAND INTELLIGENCE; Your key to identifying your future


Celine Benson has been struggling; with becoming a mother, with her faith and her identity. Now, with just a few weeks before her fifth wedding anniversary, is Celine on the trail to uncover a secret that will separate her from her husband, Biyi, forever?

In The Last Wedding Anniversary, Abimbola Dare showcases her remarkable ability to create relatable characters and fast-paced enjoyable dialogue and narratives. She takes us on a journey through Celine’s mind, her past, and present, and into the darkness of doubt and despair. Abimbola Dare portrays the complexities and depth of Faith and its transformative power in meaningful and thought-provoking prose.


“A good mother does not run from her child’s home. She always stays and fights.”

Titilope Ojo left Nigeria for the United States over a decade ago, but her mother’s words remain fresh in her mind. Titilope is married to Tomide, a handsome and charismatic man who she is afraid of. She spends each day anticipating his moods and lives in fear of offending him. She takes great care to try and love him just the way he wants, but will it ever be enough? As life continues to spiral out of control, Titilope finds herself alone at a crossroad where she must choose between duty and survival.


(Listed as Amazon’s No. 1 hot new release in Oct. – Dec. 2017,) Liberty Dancehouse tells the compelling story of two college students – Agna and Ela who sought a remedy for their undesirable feeling of loneliness. The ladies would find out that there are unforeseen hurdles on the way to their destination. Their frustrating and undesirable experiences led them to discoveries which made immense impact on their personalities, behaviours and mental health. You’ll get lost, but don’t stay lost!

This small yet powerful book engages the power of metaphors to explain the pragmatic steps in reaching any goal, in a way that both young and old can easily understand. It shares principles which, when applied can empower anybody to achieve their dreams, overcome their fears and experience true liberty!