For the first time ever, children’s books targeted at African children, featuring characters set on the continent were launched at the London Book Fair which took place in April 2010.
The book, launched under the Nubian Princess Literary Series, were the brainchild of Fanta Jabbie, a South African author who made a lively presence at the Book Fair.
Fanta Jabbie was inspired to write her books because she saw a dearth of literature with African characters that might instil pride in her daughter and other children.
The author hopes her stories will inspire African children to love themselves, their countries and traditions, while embracing a multi-faceted world that has become a global village. States Jabbie,“I am striving to encourage all African children to believe that regardless of their backgrounds, they are royalty.”
The collection is made up of 11 books, five of which were launched at the London Book Fair. These are: Sotho Princess, Pedi Princess, Swati Princess, Xhosa Princess and Zulu Princess. South Africa is a country of many cultures and languages, and the Princesses reflect the different cultures in South Africa.
The remaining books Tswana, Venda, Tsonga and Ndebele Princesses were completed in 2010. Although these are set in South Africa, the series has been expanded to include princesses from other African countries.
The author is excited to announce the 2017 launch of Mandingo Princess which the Mandingo tribe in West Africa and the 2018 debut of Yoruba Princess from Nigeria.