Africa Speaks’ mission is to help establish a flourishing Christian publishing industry in Africa.

Africa Speaks sprouted in 2018 as an informal network of publishing professionals from around the globe united in a common goal: to establish a viable and flourishing Christian publishing industry in Africa and grow into a thriving professional network.



Our Africa Speaks Publishing Discipleship Program pairs eligible practitioners, as disciples, from the African Christian community with experienced professional mentors to encourage entrepreneurship, best industry practices and facilitate the communication of their aspirations, ideas and works to the wider community.

The program provides a range of training, collaboration and partnership programs to help these promising disciples achieve the potential we know they are capable of. Our mentors run group training sessions and provide personalised feedback to participants so they can build their capacity and develop their expertise in publishing industry.

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Edward Elliott

Publisher, United States

“I see African authors being trained and published in growing numbers, their books being made available in countries across the continent, distribution networds being established, e-books and pring-on-demand technology enabling realistic prices, royalties being paid, publishers and booksellers able to earn a reasonable living, and African titles impacting both Africa and the worldwide church.”

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How to Write a Book Summary Synposis or Blurb

Posted by Muthoni Mercy Omukhango (mercymuthoni) (2023-04-12 05:28:10)

Publishing resource for self-published authors and hybrid/micro-publishers in Africa

According to merriam-webster, the word blurb was coined by American humorist Gelett Burgess, as attested by American scholar Brander Matthews in September 24, 1922, New York Times article about blurbs: “Now and again in these columns,” he writes, “I have had occasion to employ the word ‘bl.... Read more

How to Write an Author Bio

Posted by Muthoni Mercy Omukhango (mercymuthoni) (2023-04-12 05:21:01)

Publishing resource for self-published authors and hybrid/micro-publishers in Africa


Having an appropriate bio as an author sends the right message to your existing and potential readers. The bio is the first introduction a reader has on you. People are looking for reasons why they should spend their time reading what you have written. You need to instill confidence in your r.... Read more


5-9th NOV 2023

LittAfrica Publishing Conference

Lusaka, Zambia

LittAfrica is a gathering of authors, publishers, and Christian media professionals with a heart for God and a passion to use the written word to impact their nations. LittAfrica 2023 will focus on the power of the written word to impart hope, and explore how the publishing industry can contribute to this mission.

29th JUNE 2023

Africa Speaks Webinar


We are hosting a webinar for authors, booksellers and publishers on DISCOVERABILITY. How do we get our books discovered? Lena Pira Mirembe, Founder of AfricanBooks.com will be facilitating.

5-9th MARCH 2024

The Second Africa Speaks Roundtable

Nairobi, Kenya

Following the signing of the Africa Speaks 2018 Accord, we have been building the network for the last five years have thoroughly assessed the pressing needs in the Christian publishing industry in Africa. This will be a gathering to deliberate on the key issues and chart the way forward as a newtwork.


May 29, 2023

How to Choose a Distributor (Part 1)

Achieving an effective distribution system with the widest coverage is the dream goal of any publisher. However, many publishers in developing countries do not achieve effective distribution chains even within…

May 22, 2023

How To Avoid Plagiarism. A Step-by-Step Guide

Has it happened to you? Have you received an article you assigned to a new writer, plugged a well-turned phrase into an online search engine, and discovered the article was…

May 16, 2023

Six Lessons from the Africa Study Bible

Listen a lot before you even start the journey My main job as project director of the Africa Study Bible over seven years was to listen, think, and listen some…