Founded in Yaounde in 2019 as an offshoot of Bakwa Magazine, Bakwa Books is one of the most innovative independent publishers on the African continent, with a reputation for producing high-end writing and translations in beautifully designed books.

As a team, we are storytelling and publishing experts who work with creatives to explore all possibilities for expression. Bakwa Books publishes around four new titles a year, providing authors with the intimacy of a small, passionate, creative and dedicated team.

We’re excited to publish Hemley Boum’s Days Come and Go (translated from the French, Les jours viennent et passent) for Sub-Saharan Africa in September 2022. This means a lot to us for it is the first time that translation rights for a book by an African writer published in France have been acquired FIRST by anAfrican (Cameroonian) publisher and later sub-licensed to the US and the UK. This is part of our mission to reclaim literary translation and produce translations by local translators that pay attention to local audiences, while being equally relatable at the international level. This goes a long way to create a sustainable market for locally produced translations of books and challenges the assumption that good translations only come from Western publishers.




Here is a partial list of bookstores, distributors and newsstands carrying books published by Bakwa Books as well as our flagship publication, Bakwa Magazine.

Can’t find a bookstore, library, or newsstand near you? You can order from us by sending an email to


Our books are available internationally through African Books Collective (as well as Amazon and all major retailers).


Our website (add to cart above, then proceed to order with MTN Mobile Money. Includes nationwide shipping).

Editions CLE

Avenue Foch, PO Box 1501 Yaounde.

Quartier Mozart

Immeuble Bekolo & Partners, Carrefour Mvog Mbi, PO Box 5491 Yaounde.

Le Grand Vide Grenier:

    • FNAC;

    • Ola ENERGY/Tradex filling stations in Yaounde, Douala, Edea, Bertoua, etc.;

    • Supermarkets: Super U, SPAR, Carrefour;

    • Messapresse kiosks;

    • Canal Olympia cinemas.


Roving Heights Books

Lagos: 28, Ogunlana Drive, Surulere, Lagos

Abuja: Block B, Shop 4.1, CVS plaza (former Heroes plaza), opp. Oti carpets, Ademola Adetokunbo Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja

Ouida Books

3C Oba Dosunmu Bookshop, Ikeja GRA, Lagos


Prestige Bookshop

Mama Ngina street-next to Imax, Ground Floor, Prudential Building, Nairobi


InterKontinental Bookstore

Sonntagstr. 26 10245, Berlin

Hopscotch Reading Room

Kurfürstenstraße 14, 10785 Berlin



5 Caledonian Road, King’s Cross, London