About "Being Black in Publishing"

Cassava Republic Press is thrilled to announce the launch of an exciting and transformative month-long initiative, “Being Black in Publishing”. This initiative is part of our commitment to encourage and increase the participation and entry of more African and Afro-diasporic people into the publishing industry.

Programme Highlights

  • Month-long Global Forum: The “Being Black in Publishing” forum is a pioneering effort designed to connect seasoned Black publishing professionals from across the world with aspiring young Black people interested in exploring a career in publishing. This is an opportunity to gain invaluable insights, perspectives, and knowledge from experts.
  • Three-Month Internship Programme: As part of the forum, young people based in Nigeria can apply for a 3-month internship starting in January 2024 as a way to experience the world of publishing first-hand. The internship programme will provide young publishing professionals with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in various aspects of the industry including Editorial, Publicity, Marketing and Sales. Applications for the internship program will open in October and successful applicants will be announced in December 2023.

Conference Schedule

Panels are also livestreamed on YouTube. You can catch up on previous panels here:

Literary Agenting Panel with Kemi Ogunsanwo (Agent at the Good Literary Agency) and Natalie Jerome (Agent at Originate Literary Agency) 

Editorial Panel with Anwuli Ojogwu (Managing Director, Narrative Landscape Press), Christofere Fila (Assistant Commissioning Editor, Hodder Education) and Thabiso Mahlape, (Founder, Blackbird Books).

Internship Programme

Applications are now open for the internship programme! Applications close 11 November 2023.


Important Points to Note

The internship is open to individuals based in Nigeria only.

Internship opportunities are available with our partners, Masobe Books, Narrative Landscape Press, Rasmed, and Roving Heights.

Limited slots are available for the internship.

Priority will be given to recent university graduates.


Our Partners

We are proud to partner with some great Nigerian publishers and booksellers for the internship programme. Partners include Narrative Landscape Press, Masobe Books, Rovingheights, and Rasmed Publications.


The forum is open to African and Afro-diasporic individuals worldwide. Internship applications are only open to applicants based in Nigerian interested in a career in publishing.

Engaging panel sessions on various aspects of publishing, led by African and Afro-diasporic industry experts.

Practical hands-on experience in editorial, marketing, sales, and distribution, plus mentorship and networking opportunities.

Detailed application instructions will be announced during the first week of October, including deadlines and requirements.

To encourage and increase the participation and entry of more African and Afro-diasporic industries into the publishing industry. 

Get Involved

Join us in making a lasting impact on the world of publishing. Apply for the internship program, participate in the conference, and support our mission!

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