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Profile: Bahati Books

barbara-kudakwasheBarbara Njau (pictured above, left) is a King's alumna and the co-founder of Bahati Books, along with her business partner Kudakwashe Kamupira (pictured, right).

Bahati Books is a digital publishing house that publishes, promotes and markets African literature written by authors of African origin.

'We publish and promote narratives by Africans – both on the continent and in the diaspora – who have unique and inspiring narratives that are fresh, entertaining, moving and educational. Our mission is to take African literature from being a ‘niche’ in the publishing world, to the mainstream, through showcasing the best in African literature.' - Bahati Books

Bahati Books was the winner of the Culture & Creative Entrepreneurship Award (as part of the 2015 Lion's Den Challenge) and is now supported by the King's20 accelerator programme.

Prior to starting Bahati Books in 2015, Barbara worked as a Senior Reporter and eventually Editor at ‘The Financial Times’ (FT), working for a specialist business-to-business magazine called ‘Foreign Direct Investment’ (fDi).

Kudakwashe worked in the legal sector for four years, having studied Law and Sociology at University of Kent. She was also involved with the Voluntary Services Organisation (VSO) and she worked in Sri Lanka and the UK on projects that helped to empower women and girls who have faced violence and abuse.

Barbara holds a degree in Politics from The University of Nottingham and a post-graduate Masters (MSc) in International Management from King’s and Kudakwashe holds a degree in Law and Sociology from The University of Kent.

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